Our initial work on Connected began in spring 2008. The following is a brief description of our work on the storyline and visulal language of the film, up to the shoot in september 2008.
We knew from the beginning that we wanted to create a simple story that was really driven by the visual language of the film. While working on the storyline we also did a lot of concept art to develop the look of the characters and world around them.
We did not write a traditional script for the film. As the final story was quite simple, and without any dialogue, we felt that we could more easily describe the action using a well commented storyboard.
We knew early on that the film should take place in a desolate apocalyptic landscape. In our concept art we used pictures from remote places like war fields in Iraq, volcanos in New Zealand and landscapes on Mars. The task of finding a suitable location in idyllic Denmark seamed impossible. So were thrilled when we actually found the perfect place to shoot the film, in Faxe Kalkbrud a chalk pit 1.5 hours drive away.
Before going on the actual shoot, we did a few quick tests on videos we had previously shot on the location. Testing color grading, particles and removing unwanted features in the landscape.