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FIRE UNDER GROUND

animation / software
2018 (ongoing)

FIRE UNDER GROUND is experimental software animation which presents an alternative history of coal, mingled with forgotten forests, antideluvian proto-reptiles, and chthonic infernos. It is a panoramic fantasy fiction of a 300-million-year history, built with craft techniques lifted from miniature making and tabletop roleplaying games, photogrammetry, conventional 3D animation, images and objects sourced from mining sites, folk songs and modified fairy tales.

Although it presents a linear narrative, the project is built in a game engine and is exhibited as software which is animated in real-time with physics based ragdoll puppetry.

This project was funded in part by a FRFAF microgrant from the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry.