Cathy Xiao & Tiffany Shen
Concept Development, Storyboarding, Modeling, Texturing, Lighting
Professor Miguel Lee
A Sun, a Taiwanese film by Chung Mong-hong, it is an authentic portrayal of a family bearing the hardship of unmet expectations, unspoken grief, and stubborn pride. Perseverance and healing overshadows the turmoil and conflict as the family tries to mend their broken relationship. The story is grand, yet intimate. It depicts the suffocating reality of a life that continues through the search for solution.
Life is a complicated subject that can be represented by simple things, such as the weaving of threads. The sequence focuses on a single thread intersecting and intertwining, creating a pattern of lines that form the endless knot. In Chinese culture, endless knot represents the circulation of life and symbolizes hope for family unification. The growing and intertwining threads represent the family’s reformation after being split by tragedies. The journey of the thread is an abstract projection of life. The knot is revealed in an ordinary Taiwanese apartment, grounding the abstract in the mundane.
A Sun Animation
In the early stages of the storyboard process, we were trapped in trying to retell individual character stories from the film. We took a step back and looked at the film as a whole and after studying closely, realized that the film illustrates the family's journey. So we used weaving threads to capture that essence.
We studied real-life and 3d strings and threads references to create our own design. In order to build a convincing Taiwanese apartment, we asked friends and looked on Airbnb for references.
We explored several rounds of style development for the threads and built up the apartment gradually by adding more and more iconic funitures.