Initial character design
Final Character Designs. I was inspired by a young boy with a long fringe - a nice way to use it as a curtain for the character to hide behind...
The film focuses on the boy’s feelings of fear and loneliness and the creation of a world in which the audience can share what the boy sees and feels, mirroring the boy’s vivid imagination. I therefore enjoyed concentrating not so much on the storyline, but on attaining an empathetic and fearful mood and atmosphere through visual language. Chattering crows with staring eyes represent the expectant crowd of people around the boy, a barking dog represents the father’s anger forcing the boy to sing, the father being represented through blue colours.