From the Film Maker
I was drawn to the serene expressions on the characters’ faces, the relationships between them, the muted tones and the composition, with its semi-circular, almost planetary landscape.
I wanted to pay homage to Leonardo’s genius as an artist and also as an inventor, as well as using the painting as an influence. I chose to juxtapose modern 3D software Maya with vintage photography and traditional drawn animation to emphasise the differences between the conscious and unconscious worlds. The dream sequence also includes geometrical symbology which I adopted throughout this film.
The four characters in the painting are represented by the introduction of Pru, the gothic teenager; Evie, a dragonfly doll made in the image of Pru; Gooba, an alien bear; and Jay, a mischievous monkey. The film highlights Pru’s desire to become part of her toys’ world, where she can be free to live out her dreams.
A piece inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin of the Rocks , about 1491/2-9 and 1506-8