Hydra: Homunculus

Still life gone awry.

Published on Dec 14, 2009

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A Dutch Masters-worthy still life setup goes incredibly awry in this short film directed by Humble collective Hydra. The film is a mashup of Middle Age alchemical beliefs that "Little Humans," or Homunculi, could spring from dead matter, and of Carl Jung's use of the concept to personify pure id.

To create the film, Hydra created a real-life spread of pheasant, fish, fruits and cheese, which were placed in a plexiglass box and shot for 11 days until they reached rotting stage. The footage was then combined with the Homunculi characters, modeled in Maya. The piece took over four months to create, but perhaps one of the most daunting part of the job was the cleanup.

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Dec 14, 2009
Production Company:
Texture Artist:
John Hobbs
Sound Design:
Joe Miuccio
Joe Miuccio
Sound Design and Mix:
Penny Lane Studios
Executive Producer:
Eric Berkowitz

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