About time I uploaded this ...
This is my degree film, Solve Et Coagula, produced in my fourth year at Dundee Duncan of Jordanstone College. I can kiiiiind of hardly bare to look at it now, but it got me where I wanted to be (BA (Hons) 2:1), which is what counts! All hand-drawn (Pencil On Paper 1.0, between two of us) and digitally coloured (PhotoShop CS3 ... about 12 of us), over the space of about 3.5 months, following 4.5 months preparation by myself. Doesn't seem to look like much all considering, but ... blah. XD
Shitty "official" synopsis:
While occasionally led astray by beliefs and practices considered strange by modern perceptions, the alchemists of the 16th century were in truth the scientists of their day. Toiling to achieve the elusive promises of gold and eternal life, their efforts often met with failure. Still many sought the grail that is enlightenment, a path that has led many a well-meaning man to ruin. Depicted in intricate hand-drawn and digitally painted 2D animation is a tale that illustrates that which could happen only when a man in the pursuit of science turns to a higher intellect to aid him in his quest. The alchemist finds himself near consumed by more than just a longing for knowledge as he lets loose his other-worldly consult, who shows no mercy in taking revenge for her imprisonment.
Solvē Et Coagula was written and directed by Gail McColl, assisted by Ewan Hiddleston throughout the animation and colouring processes. The film includes collaboration with a large group of colourists, as well as an original soundtrack by Stuart McColl, all together capturing the wonder and exoticism of the arcane.
Pleeeeeease let me know what you think on this! I know I rarely comment/show face on DeviantArt, but I'd appreciate it so much just to know what you think, being that this took up so much time! Animation is what I'm wanting to work in from now on ... so feedback would be excellent to work from. ^_^Aaaaand, enjoy! No-one else that worked on this uses DA, so please take a look at the credits!