Hello all, Justin here, and welcome to our second year student project at the University of Hertfordshire. I’d like to firstly note that we are actively looking for internships. Any feedback, comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated as we have about two months left of production.
Set during the golden age of piracy in the 1630’s, our project follows the events of an historical Africa Chieftain known as Black Caesar. He was tricked, captured and shipped to the Caribbean to work as a slave. On the voyage to Florida, the ship is confronted with a hurricane, drowning most of those on-board. Caesar manages to escape the same fate and washes onto a nearby island that resembles a turtle’s shell. Now marooned on this seemingly empty island, he survives by hunting the indigenous fauna. Time passes, and Caesar is hunting an injured boar that escapes into cave: refusing to be bested by it he follows it into the unknown. Whilst searching this cave Caesar discovers evidence that he is not the islands first human inhabitant…
Dominik Nankivell - Concept Artist
Mitchell Lyons - Rigger
Sam Mowforth - Animation
Character Refrences and Concepts
Character Overview: This project is all about Caesar finding his new beginnings as a pirate. He’s transitioning from his roots as a tribal warchief, to dealing with his imprisonment, and finally his origins as a pirate. When designing his character, we had 3 main influences: - Chieftain - Slave - Pirate.
We wanted him to be heavily influenced by his African and tribal origins and for him to stay true to his past.