MFA Student Thesis (2019): Case Study
As part of my MFA thesis, I developed a Title Sequence for the novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" from Gabriel García Márquez.
The overarching idea was to have a lady with a jungle on her skirt. The older she gets, the more urban it becomes.
Another element of the sequence was "the inside of the skirt". I thought it could be interesting if we could go inside and see the characters of the novel.
I chose the character of Amaranta and her friend Death as they were walking down the street, because their friendship felt to me a great example of magic realism.
In the original storyboard, we covered the story from the moment the girl discovers a boat that she places on her skirt, this leads us into the jungle and we encounter Jose Arcadio Buendía and Ursula Iguarán. Who are the founders of Macondo, the iconic village from the novel.
I wanted the feeling of paper to be an important aspect of the design process, since it's a material that I wanted to integrate into the style.
Character: Lady with a Jungle Skirt
Characters: Death and Amaranta
Amaranta's design was meant to feel rigid, like her personality in the novel. The character's outfits were done with digitally cutout paper, each was a different grain and type.
The sequence involved the idea of showing the colors of a single day, to echo the idea of time. I had the great opportunity of receiving help from artists Shannon Parayil and Sakina Minnis, who helped me with this.
The title was a really fun and important challenge, because I felt like it had to symbolize the book. So I used yellow as the main color because it's a key motif in the novel. In fact, the reason why we transition to the title with a rain of yellow flowers, is because of an important moment in the book where there is a rain of yellow flowers.
This project was animated with a mix of pose to pose animation and After Effects. Compositing there allowed me to create appropriate drop shadows and give things a paper feel.
This project was developed between the summer of 2018 and 2019. I could not have done it without the help of my advisors, Pamela Mathues, Mark Henne and Antone deFato. As well as the wonderful team with: Shannon Parayil, Emily Skopp, Farhan Chowdhury, Eryn Suchara and Sakina Minnis. A special thanks to Steven Saulls who composed the music for the piece.