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Secret Lairs: Initial Research

Unit 2: Secret Lairs


In response to the two design components allocated to you at time of briefing you are

asked to design the ‘secret lair’ for a key character in a new cgi animation. You are asked

to produce a single rendered image of a digital set derived from original concept art.

Key Character: Voodoo Super-Sleuth:

Voodoo (noun)

Also, vodun. a polytheistic religion practiced chiefly by West Indians, deriving

principally from African cult worship and containing elements borrowed from the Catholic religion. a person who practices this religion.

a fetish or other object of voodoo worship.

a group of magical and ecstatic rites associated with voodoo.

black magic; sorcery.

Research into Voodoo:

Voodoo derives from the word ‘Vodun’ which means ‘spirit’ in West Africa.

Enforced slavery had an effect upon the development of Voodoo as a religion, as the different ethnic groups had integrated their beliefs and rituals which eventually fused together into the religion of Voodoo.

Voodoo rituals include dancing, drumming, singing and animal sacrifice.

In Haitian voodoo beliefs there is an alternate world called ‘Vilokan’ where the sprits live, it seen as a submerged island.

The divine spirits of which Haitian voodists believe in, is called a ‘Loa’

Vilokan is the land of the dead, and is seen as afterlife in Vodou. There is a gatekeeper who is the guardian of Vilokan, who grants and denies access to the spirits. No one can communicate with the spirit world without getting through to Papa Legba first. He is considered to be a loa, but he has connections to the mortal world. Papa Legba stands at the spiritual crossroads to where he grants access to both worlds, these crossroads are represented in markings in the ground when performing in a voodoo ritual. In vodou rituals they use a pole which is centered in the middle of the ceremony, it is called the potomitan. It represents how the two worlds (the physical world, and the spiritual realm) are connected, and is used to express the relationship between priest and spirit world.

Secret Lairs: Initial Research

supersleuth (noun)

a detective. Synonyms: investigator, private investigator; private eye, gumshoe,

shamus. A sleuth is described as being similar to investigator or to act like a detective.

They are known to track and follow.

Existing films based on super-sleuth:

Super-Sleuth (1937) directed by Benjamin Stoloff- a crime-comedy based on an

investigation which involves events that go wrong. Sleuth (1972) directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz – ‘A man who loves games and

theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results(IMBD) Sleuth (2007) directed by Kenneth Branagh – ‘On his sprawling country estate, an aging writer matches wits with the struggling actor who has stolen his wife's heart(IMBD)

Initial thoughts on character:

In order to create my Lair, I need to understand my character of the Voodoo Super- Slueth. This is so I can reflect the characteristics upon the design of my final rendered image of a digital set.

There are many alternate versions of linking the two words of Voodoo and supersleuth, and these are my ideas for the possible characters I will have to refer to for my final piece.

My ideas on my character:

A typical modern or old fashioned private investigator whose interest revolves

around voodooism. A voodooist practitioner who is a natural investigator.

A supersleuth based on Papa Legba, where his part in granting access between the two realms involves intense investigations.

I will look into researching further to allow myself to choose what type of character I would be dealing with. I will also start experimenting and constructing brief designs of my character to get an idea of what it will look like, and how it will act like.