To capture the look of magical realism and create the conceptual and visual blending between images we began each shot with an idea for the tone and type of imagery. With this idea in mind we then sketched the desired layout for the moment to act as a guide for searching out and creating imagery.
The final composition for each shot was a back-and-forth dialogue between the sourced footage, show footage, original imagery and the initial concept sketch. It was quite often a moving collage of all three types of footage. It was important that each shot feel alive and deep; that there was a whole world within each moment, sometimes multiple worlds. To achieve this required a lot of layering but also some clever uses of CG to either create parts of a world that we could move a camera through or environments into which we could project existing footage—giving a person’s face some shape and subtle rotation or a landscape a sense of grandeur and space.