Concept

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.

Concept art

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.

Concept art
Concept art, based on a NASA picture from Mars.
Concept Art
Concept art, based on a image from Iraq
Concept art
Concept art

Storyboard

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.

Pages from initial storyboard
Pages from the initial storyboard

Location

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.

Location: Faxe Kalkbrud
Location: Faxe Kalkbrud

Visual tests

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.

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38 thoughts on “Concept”

  1. This film looks spectacular, and I love the poster, which is how i found out about this movie. I am really excited to see the finished film, So how long until the international premiere?, or will you be showing at any film festivals in the U.S.?

  2. I’m extremly extremly impressed by this amazing pictures. I would love to see the finished movie and of course more behind the scenes-stuff. You did an absolut great job in post.

  3. Fantastic visual language. Great artwork. Will venture to find this film where I live.
    Found this film from slashfilm.

  4. Looks like an excellent short film you have made.
    I hope to see it soon.
    I are also in the process of filming a short.
    I hope to have the success with my project that your project has enjoyed.

  5. hi i just heard about the film through omgposters.com i saw the poster someone made and it looked amazing but now that i know is going to be a film im really exited about it it looks great the behind the scenes videos are really awesome and inspiring hope to see the final product in the near future keep up the good work cant wait to see more………

    Jose M-

  6. I can’t wait to see it ¿when do you release it?
    I love how it looks like. And the poster si amazing.

  7. Like the Story and the Costumes. Also the Special Effects are very cool.

    Hope you stay on this genre.

  8. Awesome short movie.
    Very aesthetic and love the colours/tones of the photography.
    Good luck for all your future projects!

  9. Hello guys! I’m from Argentina. You have done such an amazing work!!! I am impressed about the film and also enjoyed the site. It’s so interesting to learn how you worked on every aspect with true care for the details.
    Great poster too!

  10. Absolutely beautiful film! You did an incredible job. What camera did you shoot this with? I’m sure everyone would love more behind-the-scenes info and videos, also!

  11. It looks really and truly spectacular, but the content is thin. Does it only mean life sucks and we must be connected to live? Typical Danish filmic hopelessness is all I carry away from it.

  12. excelente corto, muy buena la historia y la fotografía, esperemos ver un largo de este estudio, seguro que sabran sorpender, la sci-fi agradece estas apariciones.

  13. Congratulations to all you guys!!!! Trully a beautyful work! Acting, directing, photography, editing, sound…all is great!
    I, myself, am a post-apocalyptic, gasmask freak and this short is a blessing to my soul.
    I recently made a short film intitled ANALOG wich has some of your elements, such as the minimalistic image and sound. Since we have something in common for these minimal worlds made with little budget, I thought that maybe you guys would like to watch it. If it interests you, here is the link: http://vimeo.com/10206640
    It’s just a 5 minute trailer since it’s doing the festival rounds but it tells a story.
    Once again, congrats! Much success for CONNECTED and hope to see some new stuff from you soon. Cheers!

  14. Increadible.
    Probably the best and most orignal sci-fi i have seen for years. I hope you go on to make more in this series!

    You are all extreemly gifted 🙂

  15. I’m impressed by your work guys… this is truly amazing and inspiring. Could you guys plz share which camera did you use to make this film? Also I’d appreciate if you could tell us about which plug ins did you use to create such amazing particle look and how did you remove the unwanted backgrounds?

    Will really appreciate your feedback.
    My email is fiveradios@gmail.com

    Regards
    Imran

  16. I think we shot the film on a Sony HDW-750 Camera with a P+S Technik Pro35 adaptor, but I am not completely sure.
    We did not really use any plug-ins for particles in the film. We shot some stock footage particles that we used in a few of the matte painting shots. Initially we planed to include particles falling in all the scenes, as you can see in the first visual test here: http://www.ov43.com/behind-the-scenes/concept/ We did some experimentation with Trapcode Particular and Maya particles, but in the end, we decided that it would be to much work on top of all the other post production we had to complete.

    For the title sequence we shot particles in a water tank. After much experimentation we found that dropping instant coffee on the water surface created a really cool effect, with the particles falling with sort of a smoke trail behind them. So thats what we used. Much more fun than fiddling with digital particles in my opinion.

    Most of the shots where we needed to remove unwanted objects in the background was using a locked off camera, so we usually just exported a frame from the film, and painted on that in Photoshop.

  17. Great concept and great visual treatment guys Hats off .

    I am a student filmmaker learning direction (whistlingwoods International India)

    I learnt alot from your film and website…

    loved the concept of title sequence

    Best of luck for your next project

    🙂

  18. Really a nice piece of film.
    I’ve stayed on my hunger. I would i’ve like much more, it looked so promising.

    You made an excellent job keeping the audience attention.

    Keep on the good work. Looking to see more from you soon.

  19. I think it makes you think .and wounder what it .s really all about and where it began and how it will end.Leaving your mind always open to with it,s worth to save what is left besides the would your leaving behind and have no for site to the future. As to what are we doing here now
    and why ?

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Film directed by Jens Raunkjær Christensen & Jonas Drotner Mouritsen