SCAD Master of Arts Final Project

This project will provide an original, creative narrative based on a thorough examination of the existing written elements of Hans Christian Andersen's, The Little Mermaid. Using advanced computer graphics techniques, the visuals will illustrate Andersen’s origin story, revealing the beauty and complexity of the 185-year-old tale.

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Part 2

Inspiration

The Golden Age of Danish Paintings

(1800 - 1864)

Christoffer Eckersberg

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Christen Købke

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Constantin Hansen

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Part 1

The Pitch

Introduction

Fairytales have a reputation for being light-hearted and uplifting when in reality, their origin stories are tragic and unsettling. When adapted, these stories stray from the author's original intent, presenting an artificial, highly unrealistic view of life.

Key Visuals

  • Photorealistic Mermaid/Human Figure
  • The figure will be rendered in a roughly 60-second video, revealing the five key narrative elements through various transitions
  • Highly detailed still frame renders of key narrative elements (wreath, seafoam, tongue, dagger)

H.C. Andersen's The Little Mermaid (1837)

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Visual Component - Story Boards

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Illustrated by Jordan Fleming (SCAD BFA Animation ‘22)

Animatic

Previs in Unreal

Key Features

  • “skin was as soft and delicate as a rose-leaf
  • “her eyes as blue as the deepest sea”/ “dark blue eyes”
  • “no feet, but fish’s tail”
  • “adorned with a wreath of white lilies around her hair, every petal of the flowers was half a pearl”
  • eight oysters fixed on the princess’s tail“
  • “covered her hair and breasts with foam, so that no one could see her little face”
  • “gliding gait, and speaking eyes”
  • “thereupon she cut off the tongue of the little mermaid”
  • ”prettiest little white legs”/ “delicate feet/ “white arms
  • rosy mouth
  • “beautiful long hair

Color References

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Lighting/ Composition References

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Animation References