The Stranger embraces the visual style of German Expressionism and tells a story inspired by duplicity, luck and Kant's musings on right and wrong.
Written, Storyboard, Directed & Edited by Nikki Flux.
Soundtrack is 'Lie Down in Darkness (Photek Remix)' by Moby
Title tracks 'The Loop Closes' by HTDA and '#9' by Aphex Twin.
This was a university project for Billy Blue College of Design, Melbourne Australia.
The Stranger - Storyboard
This storyboard shows the final few moments before the film's resolution.
Press pack includes a synopsis, poster and stereoscopic package.
The stereoscopic image is made of an illustration that was created to hint at the themes The Stranger.
This illustration was created to be turned into the stereoscopic image for packaging/press pack for The Stranger.
Digital interpretation of the the stereoscopic animation technique used.
Emmanuel Kant. German Expressionism. Clouds and duplicity. From keywords ‘The Stranger’ came to life.
To come up with a treatment that reflected the keywords we were given, I used Kant’s philosophy of moral ethics as a starting point. This philosophy aligned with the idea of duplicity, and discovered that clouds were sometimes seen as a symbol of good luck.
These mesh of idelologies would push the story into uncovering the balance of light and dark and could be supported by the visual tone of German Expressionist films.
The Stranger is the story of a James, a nervous man set in his routine with the hope that he will not run into any trouble. He is rattled him when unusual things happen.
One day something different does happen and someone follows him on his journey home. He can only see it as a life threatening and terrible experience… But is it really as bad as it seems?
The visual narrative of the title sequence mimics the nervous man’s routine by being followed by a literally ‘sketchy’ person. The type used is reminiscent of the styles of the early 1900s, when the German Expressionism movement was gaining momentum.
The title sequence, rendered by hand and applied over he top of existing footage sets the mood of the film and entices the audience.
The packaging and poster works as a physical precursor to the film. With the use of stereoscopic lenses and imagery, people are invited to interact with the images and to see that things aren’t always as they appear.
Each article contains an element of illustration, which is used in a way to embody the mood of the narrative. Through clean or harsh line markings, each style speaks for different parts of the film drawing all influences and styles together.
Roles: Concept creation, treatment, storyboard, filming, ediiting, colour grading, animation (for title sequence), illustration, layout for poster and packaging. (with thanks to David Enyaud and Trent Jackson)
Music: Aphex Twin - #9 , HTDA - The Loop Closes & Moby - Lie Down In Darkness (Photek Remix)
Project: The Stranger - Bachelor of Applied Design (Comms.) for Billy Blue College of Design (Melbourne Campus, 2013)