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MAN: Research progress 02

After presenting my previous idea in class and receiving some feedback, I decided to improve on my video concept by adding more focus onto quantum theories instead. The research done then yielded a few concepts really spoke to me, and had potential to be developed into an interesting storyline:

Double slit theory: A demonstration that light and matter can display characteristics of both classically defined waves and particles; moreover, physicists have found that even passive observation of the double slit experiment (by changing the test apparatus and passively ‘ruling out’ all but one possibility), can actually change the measured result. This is called Observer effect.

Simulation hypothesis: Hence, some interpreters have taken these theories to the macro level to say that there are a set of probabilities where there are alternate realities. Another speculation scientists had is one in which we exist both in the present and in the future. At the quantum level, reality does not exist if you are not looking at it. Things do not really exist as we tend to imagine them to exist; they only seem to appear to exist—and they appear to exist only in the presence of an observer. Which brings us to the Simulation hypothesis, which proposes that all of reality, including the Earth and the universe, is in fact an artificial simulation, most likely a computer simulation created by a super computer (e.g: Matrioshka brain)

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A matrioshka brain is a hypothetical megastructure proposed by Robert Bradbury, based on the Dyson sphere, of immense computational capacity. It is an example of a Class B stellar engine, employing the entire energy output of a star to drive computer systems.

Therefore, from these two theories it is possible to expand the narrative to a character into an alternative realm.

New concept: The narrative revolves around an apprehensive girl who ran away from home. Throughout her journey, beautiful sights and mysteries greet the young girl. However, her adventure is not a smooth one. Suspicions of the world and dreams of home follow her every step. She eventually finds herself at the edge of the world where the rules of her reality no longer apply. Perhaps her reality is not what it seems. Draws inspiration from the Double Slit theory were it shows that there are possibilities for alternatives in our reality. Hence, the narrative is also based on the Simulation Hypothesis where the protagonist discovers that everything in her life is just a virtual simulation.

From here, I decided to do more research into executing the final video. Yukai is an artist whom I really admire. She does great animations and illustrations, hence I dug around the internet hoping that she did some tutorials where she explains the process she takes to execute the final product. Thankfully, there actually is!

Hence, I decided take her advice and started to work on a very rough storyboard first. The main focus on this storyboard was to plan out the movements and characters itself, the main environment/visuals required, transitions which is really important to bring the video to the next level, and the visuals of narrative itself.

So here is the very first rough storyboard.

The next thing I plan to do is to bring everything digitally and do another more refined storyboard on illustrator. Following Yukai’s workflow, the next step is to actually colour the storyboard to ensure the colour scheme is balanced. From there, I would like to define the main characters of the video, which is:

  • The protagonist: Suspicious, girl, strong willing, suspicious, dark, carries bagpack (signifies running away from home)
  • The monster that chases her (Crocodile/tentacle like monster)
  • The “brain” (Octopus like with giant brains and tubes coming out from it)

This is the goal for next week and a half.

Afterwards I would start to draw the environments itself.




  1. Excellent research. the project is very ambitious – i would need to go over the story board with you. it seems that there are a lot of things you would need to do on your own. you might need to simplify..
    Mind the scale of the screen. Your story board should be done in scale of 3840 by 480. You can have few narratives happening simultaneously .