The Carp & The Seagull
The Carp & The Seagull is an interactive short film that follows the story of Masato - a peaceful fisherman who falls from grace - and his encounter with the spirit world as he confronts Yuki-Onna. Against a dark and minimal geometric backdrop, the user driven narrative tells a single story of through the prism of two connected spaces; that of the natural world and that of the nether world.
The film is an experiment in authored space and interactive narrative. Navigating through the world - contained within the diorama of a cube - changes the perspective of the story; revealing characters and their spirit counter-parts. Discovered interactions affect character behaviour, distorting form and space.
The film blends traditional modelling and rigging techniques with generative and procedural animation. The animation is used as a visual symbol to explore and the toplogy of the characters, distorting and manipulating their geometry to reflect their emotional flux; such as a sudden physical contortion moving over Masato’s body. Elemental forces, such as falling of snow and motion of the sea, we’re also procedurally animated.
Original score and sound design by Plaid.