The city walls draw out the boundary of the known world. Beyond them; an expanse of endless sea. Below them; a giant whale, on which the city lies.
Edward is the son of a master builder who died in the collapse of his greatest work, a church built to reveal the resonance of the world. Edward seeks to understand his life while rejecting the whale that took it, without knowing that the two are deeply intertwined.
Fingard is a short film that attempts to show the beauty of life and its apparent cruelty, existing together simultaneously. The whale, as a being with a completely different intelligence, represents the spiritual unity that underlies our world, forever beyond human understanding.
Though inhabited for millenia, the world of Fingard remains shrouded in mystery.
As the citizens of the city lead their lives, the whale beneath them experiences time on a completely different scale. It dives once in a century and stays underwater for years, as the population survives on an ark.
The countless dives are recorded in the chronicles of Fingard, but a new age is dawning, one that only intuition can predict.
The film is live action augmented with realistic digital settings. Scenes will be shot primarily on location in the German state of Niedersachsen and in custom built sets at the Hochschule Hannover. Additional footage and background elements will be gathered throughout Europe.
Reflective of an international collaborative effort, the film will be shot in English with aspiring Dutch and German actors. Support from local medieval re-enactment groups will allow us to populate the city with authentic extras.
Exciting new techniques and technology enable our small team to create high quality effects that would otherwise be impossible. Using a process called photogrammetry, we can automatically generate photorealistic digital models from images. To supplement our own growing library of material we are working with photographers throughout Europe who can shoot buildings we are unable to reach ourselves. The final model of the city will incorporate elements of the finest gothic architecture, from the same structures that inspired the original vision.
The aesthetic of Fingard is the result of years of development. It is the culmination of a life-long passion for art, architecture, and discovering something beautiful in a genre so often defined by war and conflict.
As the world of Fingard became deeper, more detailed and immersive, so did its potential to engage and inspire.
The 15-20 minute film will be completed at the end of 2016 as our thesis project at the Hochschule Hannover. The film will not only stand on its own merit but also serve as a proof of concept to pitch to producers and grow into something greater.
Life rewards those who follow their dreams.