Styx: making of (3)

Almost finished. The characters are finished and the main sponsor Coca Cola® is featured prominently.

Styx: the journey starts – making of 2

Work continues: Sanding the walls, making the barge and shooting the first test photos in 16:9 format.

Styx: moodboard / scene sketch

Setting the scene is important before creating the set. Is the scene dark or light? Is it clean and new or dirty and old?

In order to get a feeling for the atmosphere of the scene I collected images from the internet. Some of those images had the right light, others a fitting colour palette or textures.

Using them as a basis I made a sketch of the scene . Very rough, like all my sketches, but the intention is clear.

Styx: the journey starts – making of (1)

Here are a few photos from the making of our stop motion project. The scene is mainly made of styrofoam and lots of paint. The figures are modified Star Trek action figures. The Water will be illuminated with uv-colour.


Styx: the journey begins – the story

Styx (working title) is a Stop Motion Project I am currently working on with Stephan Hafner.

The Story

A regular underground station. The concrete building is dark and dreary, only a vending machine and a few grafitti bring some colour into the scene. There are a few people standing on the platform, waiting for the underground.

Lights appear in the distance. The people are preparing to board the incoming train.

Suddenly the light flickers, the atmosphere changes. The cold neon light is replaced by a mysterious green light. Beyond the platform there is a vast shimmering green water.

The people on the platform are revealed to be dead. One has been hanged ad is still walking around with the noose around his neck, another has drowned and is still dripping wet.

Instead of the underground train a barge with a dark-clad figure arrives from the gloom. The ferryman pulls out a list and checks off names while one after the other, the dead board the barge. At the end, one person is left standing and looks on as the ferry vanishes into the darkness.

The light flickers again, the underground train arrives and the remaining person boards it.

Alternative ending:

The last person leans forward beyond the platform, looking after the ferry. The light flickers and the underground train arrives, killing the last of the living.