Storyboards & Concept Art

Uranium

Director

Brianne Nord-Stewart

Date

2011

Date

2011

CATEGORY
Concept Design, Storyboarding
ABOUT

For the eerie short film Uranium (later titled With Cold Tongues), I worked with director Brianne Nord-Stewart to develop a complete series of storyboards, alongside character and creature concepts.
 
Based on the short story The Uranium Leaking from Port Radium and Ray Rock Mines is Killing Us by Richard Van Camp, Uranium tells of a Deline village which was all but eradicated by uranium leaching from a nearby mine – the same uranium supplied to the Manhattan Project to develop the first atomic bombs. The film follows Van Camp’s lyrical, hallucinogenic source material and envisions the bleak decay of the community as a slow breakdown of reality. Rain falls upward, grass grows as hair from the ground, and undead caribou roam the wilderness.
 
For a film heavy on atmosphere and with very little dialogue, the storyboards and concept art were key in communicating the director’s vision to potential collaborators and financiers. Storyboard frames were accompanied by detailed shot descriptions and breakdowns, based on extensive conversations with the director, and dozens of pieces of concept artwork were developed over a period of many months as the project matured.