Luka is the bizarre creature who appears out of the forest and leads Kala on a path to find out the truth of her people and her family.
He communicates with the individual through morphing the runes that appear in his fur. He himself is a shape-shifter and is very careful never to be seen without intending it.
He is rather cunning by nature. He is a free spirit and wanders the woods alone. However, he knows to avoid the Ghast’s and the creatures further up the mountain.
His spirited nature prompts him to tease unsuspecting tribe members with playful tricks but is careful never to interfere with the Kyr too often as not to offend the Ghast’s.
Here are some of the native creatures that are sealed away behind the gate. They each have unique abilities that help with the preservation of the forest. The Sikari have never actually seen these creatures before but they have seen old drawings and books written about them by generations long past.
They are cared for by the Sikari. It is believed that centuries ago that the herd was vast and populated the whole mountain.
The Sikari prospered as a thriving civilisation, however they became careless and allowed the herd to almost be wiped out. The Sikari were then punished and the forest consumed the cities. Later the Devoid threatened to eradicate them but offered them redemption if they could rebuild the herd then they may rebuild their society.
They are worshiped because wherever they graze will flourish with natural life.
They decorate the cattle with the same red thread in their hair as a symbol of protection and kinship connecting them to the forest.
They are a tribe of hunters charged with the preservation of the Kyr. They are led by the higher families within the tribe. Each family is charged with a designation serving to preserve the people or the cattle.
They are heavily superstitious and practice native magic and blessings and have based every aspect of their culture on accessing more powerful spells.
Their young are trained from very early on to one day take over a job from the older generations. The more essential the job, the more prosperity their family will have.
Their clothing is richly made from the cattle and the native resources found at the bottom of the mountain, they waste nothing and .
They have brutal laws against killing (particularly of the herd) and stealing. The accused are offered up to the Devoid of the Red Wood and are never seen again. They believe they are taken and turned into a Ghast and doomed to wander the mountain.
The name Okahn Is derived from Mōcana – मोचन a Nepali word meaning ‘liberation’ and ‘redemption’. The village is built using mainly the red bark trees surrounding the settlement. Each individual building is carved and decorated with unique superstitious heraldry with historic meanings that echo stories from past generations
Every building presents runes that are specific to each family, they are bound together using ancient woven fabrics. This symbolises the oath taken centuries ago to rebuild the lifeblood of the mountain.
Within the redwood is an elusive portal. What is within?
Kala will have to find out.
For the first vfx post production brief we are asked to create a teaser trailer to a new anthology series based on the works of Jules Verne.
•Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
•Journey to the Centre of the Earth
•From the Earth to the Moon
•Around the World in Eighty Days
•The Mysterious Island
•Five Weeks in a Balloon
I liked the concept of a balloon as a focal to a short scene integrating into a title. I considered what kind of imagery each title would convey and could be interpreted by an audience and I thought Five Weeks seemed to have a strong focal point (that of a balloon) that could be worked onto a world – I would only have to use a few elements to tell the essence of the story and give enough information to speculate on a narrative but also hold back and encourage the audience to want to find out more.
This is an early idea on how I could introduce imagery in a cinematic way using few elements that could be layered with blending effects and create something otherworldly.