From the Film Maker:
I really wanted to do an animation with some good action sequences. So I looked for a painting which would suit the type of animation I wanted to do. After looking at several action-orientated paintings, I decided to use ‘A Dead Soldier'.
I chose it because it allowed me the freedom to create any story event before the soldier’s death. Other paintings didn’t seem so flexible.
The main link from my animation to the painting is the setting in the forest and the death of the soldier. Also, as it seems in the painting that the soldier ends up with a lonely death, I wanted to create a sense of loneliness in my animation.
A piece inspired by an unknown Italian painter, A Dead Soldier, 17th Century