All this week I’ll be working in photoshop to create the Underworld for the new web series I have debuting in April. It tells the tale of Persephone as she remembers who she is and finds her way out of the Underworld. It’s a unique film in which Carrie Anne Hunt will play all the roles, and I’m drawing inspiration from Spencer’s “Faerie Queen” to Homer’s “Odyssey” and much in between.
When world building in fantasy film there are many questions to ask yourself, but it’s important to always create a world with which you are familiar to maintain integrity. Rather than write what I mean – I’d like to demonstrate. And will give you *most* of my thoughts behind what goes into this Underworld. A few I have to save for myself… (wink)
So, when working visually I build from the bottom layer up – but in this case “skyward down”. I want a gritty, dark underworld – no Welcome mats here. It’s a cold, churning, painful place full of fear. Petrified. So I’m using a photo of petrified wood for the sky. I blurred it a bit to make it look more like clouds and darkened it. (If I don’t take the photos myself, I find ones in the public domain or on occasion purchase from a stock house)
I also wanted this Underworld to be a city. Not so much the caverns and shadows and rivers (though it is going to have a river, you’ll see in a few days) – that Dante and the Greek classics write about. I’ve lived in cities – I know cities. But this is fairy tale – so I wanted a forest too. And therefore I begin to marry the two. I’ll layer tree trunks over the sky, and drain them of all color to make them look more like stone (petrified), then over the trunks I’ll lay the lights of skyscrapers to create this dark city of the damned. It’s rather faint in this blog insert – but you can click on the photo for a larger view.
That’s as far as I’ve gotten tonight. Think I’ll go read for a while (Game of Thrones). But I’ll be adding more buildings, the river, and of course the device of punishment for this circle of Hell where my Persephone is being held captive until Spring.
Feel free to share, comment and ask questions! :) Lisa