EMILY LIMYUN DEAN

artist / filmmaker

ANDROMEDA

ANDROMEDA is a science fiction short film written and directed by Emily Limyun Dean, produced by Adam Bradshaw and Emily Limyun Dean. ANDROMEDA is Emily's live-action directing debut.

Emily is Executive Producing under the new production banner GRADE 8 PRODUCTIONS.

LOGLINE

When an Andromeda android is given a heart, she must struggle against a deadly force to find what it means to be truly alive.

SUMMARY

Set in a world where Artificial Intelligence has replaced the working class, an Andromeda android is given the gift of a heart and the promise of humanity. However, there are those who will do anything to stop an android from becoming alive.   

Andromeda (2018) IMDb Page

Status: Post-production.

Filming August 2017.

Release: Spring 2018.

THE MAKING OF ANDROMEDA

 Kestrel Leah as Andromeda and Mai Brunelle as Ella. Cinematography by Logan Triplett

Kestrel Leah as Andromeda and Mai Brunelle as Ella.
Cinematography by Logan Triplett

beginning with an idea

The Human Experience as Dream vs. Nightmare.

 Director Emily Limyun Dean and Mai Brunelle on the set of Andromeda EPK photo credit Di Wei

Director Emily Limyun Dean and Mai Brunelle on the set of Andromeda
EPK photo credit Di Wei

andromeda: the dreamer of humanity

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be! 
― Fyodor DostoyevskyCrime and Punishment

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MASON: THE NIGHTMARE OF HUMANITY

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster.
And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
Frederich Nietzsche

Trapped in horrors of his own making, Mason is more machine than man.

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The Hollow Men

by T. S. Eliot

...

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
or rats' feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Shape without form, shade without colour, 
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death's other kingdom
Remember us - if at all - not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men. 
...

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but with a whimper. 

writing the script

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CREATING THE WORLD of andromeda

DESIGNING the Dream

 Andromeda and Ella

Andromeda and Ella

The visual language of the film was very important and we wanted to create the feelings of dreams and memory as being 'underwater'. As blue and water are the color and element of Andromeda in the film, and red and fire the color and element of the villain Mason, I worked closely with the Art Department and DP Logan Triplett and the amazing lighting team to create this childlike dream environment. Below you can see my initial concept art, piecing together a mermaid's grotto or fantastical womb, from which our Android would be given life.

 Storyboards by Emily

Storyboards by Emily

 The completed set of Ella's Room. Set Decoration by Set Decorator   Adrienne Garcia   and Propsmaster / Art Department Assistant   Nak Yong Choi  .

The completed set of Ella's Room.
Set Decoration by Set Decorator Adrienne Garcia and Propsmaster / Art Department Assistant Nak Yong Choi.

Set Decoration and Props as Storytelling Devices.

We worked very collaboratively to ensure that every design element supported the Story idea that Andromeda's journey begins in the Ocean and she reaches her final home in the Stars. From the Storybook that Ella reads to the painted reliefs on the walls, to the twinkle lights that pepper the scene, everything was designed to create a sense of visual unity with the concept of going home to the stars.

 The final look for Adult Ella's Art Studio Image credit: Logan Triplett

The final look for Adult Ella's Art Studio
Image credit: Logan Triplett

 Senior Ella Hospital Set Image credit: Nak Yong Choi

Senior Ella Hospital Set
Image credit: Nak Yong Choi

Objects tell the Story

designing the nightmare

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 Storyboards by Emily

Storyboards by Emily

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 Aaron Glenane as Mason in his Room Cinematography by Logan Triplett

Aaron Glenane as Mason in his Room
Cinematography by Logan Triplett

Mason lives in a corrupted ideology driven by pain, therefore when we first we see him he is in his element, upside down and off center.

COSTUME

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prosthetics

LOCATION

Westward Point Dume, Malibu

PRODUCTION

Day One: Ella's Room

Day Two: The Beach

Day Three: Mason's Room and The Van

VISUAL EFFECTS

 VFX Proof of Concept Test by Emily

VFX Proof of Concept Test by Emily

 VFX Look Dev for The Van Scene by Cumulus VFX, Australia.

VFX Look Dev for The Van Scene by Cumulus VFX, Australia.

 

music: story AND theme

 Music Emotion Chart tracking the climax and ending of the film

Music Emotion Chart tracking the climax and ending of the film

Composer: Stephan Willing Orchestrator: Orlando Perez Rosso Orchestra: Macedonian Music & Entertainment 10 violins I 8 Violins II 6 Violas 4 Cellos 2 Basses 2 Flutes 2 Oboes (second doubles with cor anglais) 1 Bb Clarinet 1 Bass clarinet 1 Bassoon 1 Contrabasson
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All images copyright Emily Limyun Dean