Creative Designer, 2D Animation Producer Lead - Designer
WIP - Proxi Challenge
My name's Marco Reale and I have been a Creative Designer for 20 (Jees! It's a lot.) years now. I started as a simple graphic designer for printing and then I began to evolve in all the ways my creativity would drive me to. It's a paradox if you consider the kind of challenge I decided to enter in, but my weakness has always been the 3D part. I spent a lot of time on 3D software as 3DS Max or Blender but I never had that strong pushing to do something more complex than a "shot here and another one there". Until now. So, I can't name myself as a 3D artist but I felt very interested in this call to action and for that reason I am participating with a different (I hope) perspective, basing everything on the storytelling because of my background as filmmaker. I am trying to put the scenes to a new level where we have more than one story/feeling for each one. Hope you like it.
About the idea:
Every snowglobe is a different life in terms of people and/or choices that make that life changing. In this case I want to describe three very important nodes on my life timeline:
1. when I met my actual wife
2. when we decide to leave our country
3. when we were waiting for our beautiful daughter, Margot
I think a snowglobe is a little magic object that can turn on the imagination of children and adults, a poetic way to describe a scene, as if we are spectators watching trough the glass. Everything happens there, inside, untouchable; but it happens here too, where we can decide about the angle of view, the distance, the watching time. It is not like a photo because of it's being alive with his snow falling but it still feels distant as protected by a deep glass. I want to visualize those moments exactly like that: perfect poems repeating themselves as a loop and protected from everything, even time. Little objects filled up by my life and put on the shelf, waiting to be watched.
I imagine those named as quote from movies, songs or theatre representations (or at least an almost perfect quote).
A little curiosity: the scenes will be created as a top three style where we will have three snowglobes in the first memory, two in the second and one in the third one.
I tried to detail the sketch as much as possible but during the modelling I thought some little changes would help to make the scenes more poetic and full.
Software used: Blender, Unity, Unity recorder, Adobe After Effects
Mem. 1: Meeting
Snowglobe one: One broken soul - I was lost after a series of unfortunate events, broken, a life in black & white folded on itself. Suddenly I decided to escape and exactly in that moment I have met her. The scene inside this glass is built thanks to a broken wooden house with broken windows; a naked tree; a grey sky; grey clouds; grey and creepy atmosphere; it's raining. A door is open on the dusty and scratchy black metal foot, symbol of someone is just escaped. Wet footprints on the floor drive the watcher to the main character of this scene, recognizable by his wet shirt and trousers.
Snowglobe two: One frozen life - She was stuck in a life repeating in loop, frozen, without even know about it. When we met she decided, conscious about the pain she would cause to herself and everyone was stuck around her, to break out from that loop following the new flow. The scene has a dominant blue; the sky is clear surrounded by mountains; a frozen house with warm light from inside, symbol of a life stuck but comfortable; a snow-covered tree; ice on the external glass for underlining the big hole for breaking out; a rope goes down to external floor, still swinging; it is snowing and some snow pass through the hole. There is snow even on the shiny blue marble and on the external floor where the watcher can follow wet footprints that drive him to main character of this snowglobe/life story.
Snowglobe three: It Takes Two to Tango - It is a song by Betty Carter and Ray Charles and even if it is not strictly related to Tango, it has a powerful meaning because you always need two people for dancing tango. We were two single lives and we decided (thanks also to the way we began into the tango's world) to be two together (one + one).The statue in the centre of the snowglobe represents a bandeoneon player, typical musician for tango's orchestras, with silhouette of dancers moving circularly in the same direction the real tango dancers use to move dancing in Milonga (places where you go to dance tango); the red sky with stars and the moon on the top of the statue represent the intimate feeling you have when you dance tango; the notes going out into the air, well, represent music. The two characters are going to enter in the new scene and, even if they don't know it yet, in their new life together.
Mem 02: Moving
My second memory talks about my moving to Ireland in 2014. It was a cold morning on that 6th of January and I have left Rome with both hope and sadness in my heart
Snowglobe one: from Rome with love - I began my new adventure alone because it was easier and safer to find a new reality for one person at time and then, when everything would be properly settled down, I would call my other half for joining me. It meant handle everything by myself and it was hard indeed, for four months I felt completely alone, then something happened.
The snowglobe has the Colosseum in it, most important symbol of Rome, and a shiny sunny day. The female character is waving to the male one departing. I used to fly with a very well known Irish airline company at that time, which has a shamrock as logo but I decided to modify it a little bit (four petals instead of three) for being sure I won't have any intellectual property issues.
The title on the plate is "from Rome with love", just to quote the famous Woody Allen's movie.
Snowglobe two: to Dublin with hope - The second snowglobe represents Dublin with its harp-shaped Samuel Beckett Bridge and I tried to represent the most funny Irish weather characteristic: the "Four seasons in a day" motto (from the left to the right: a summer sunset, a rainy day in autumn, a snowy day in winter and a clear day in spring. Not in 2018, by the way, because we are having the longest winter ever, just saying...).
In this case the four seasons are explaining my adventure here, because the male character is walking through the winter season, going towards the spring one. They were the hardest months for me, where I struggled for finding a job in a new place with a new language and with a lot of strangers around me. I felt alone indeed and in certain moments and I thought maybe it was better to give up. Then April came and, with Spring, my lovely half came too. Suddenly my first new job appeared. So, together with the Sun we found a new life and new opportunities.
The snowglobe's plate says: to Dublin with Hope, because our only hope, when we moved from our country, was to reach a decent life where we could even wish to be happy and so it went. The yellow paper on the ground says "and Hops", because living in Dublin without thinking of drinking it is really not possible :D
Mem 03: Waiting
One year later I asked that famous question to my girlfriend and another year later we were married. A couple of months after the wedding we moved into the house we bought and just one month later we discovered we were already waiting for our daughter. It has been a year full of things to do, things to improve and other things to finish.
Every medical visit was a joy but potentially a pain, because only in those nine months you can understand there are so many things that could go wrong...
They didn't and we moved on until that 19th of April when she finally came to meet us. She is one year old now, just few days before me writing this part of the post, she turned one. Time has gone so fast! I want to use this memory for remembering how much we wanted her and how much we love her now.
The concept is simple: the male character is hugging the sphere as the same way as a father hugs the mother's belly during her pregnancy, with his eyes closed because he hasn't a real connection with the baby yet; the female character is looking directly to the baby because their connection is deep as she can even look at her and the baby is smiling because she can feel both of them.
The name of this memory is a joke on the famous theatre play "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett, Irish.