DESCRIBE THE OBJECT
The lanterns rise from a far away castle, like fragments of light. The sun has set, but it still paints the horizon. It feels like a dream, as a boat rocks gently against the water of the bay.
DESCRIBE YOUR MOTIVATION IN CREATING THIS OBJECT
In Tangled (2010), there’s a magical sense of joy that comes from what I’d call “The Lantern Scene”. The protagonist fulfills her dream while also realizing a new one. That new feeling of not having something to yearn for reminded me of how lost I felt when I first got to Sarah Lawrence. I’d spent so much time being “blind” from my goals, all I had thought about was getting to college, not about what I wanted to do when I was here. I wanted to replicate the magic of finding a new dream.
DESCRIBE YOUR PROCESS
I began coding a sunset, but when I realized how pretty the sky was in “The Lantern Scene”, I felt the urge to match it. Pulled colors from the background of the scene. Coding the background and the water was much simpler, but creating lanterns was a little more difficult. Each individual shape is in coordination of the x and y values, pulling them towards the top of the canvas. Two lanterns twirl together, paralleling the characters in the scene coming together. Twirling into each other, as they rise and fall in love.
WHAT DOES THE PROJECT MEAN TO YOU?
Tangled (2010) has been my favorite film since I was a little girl, and I always come back to the way I felt when I first watched it. I hope that I can make other people feel the same way I did, so full of joy and wonder.