Homunculus by Sam Stephens

An animated short directed by Sam Stephens from Humble‘s in-house directing collaborative Hydra. The film combines photography of decomposing fruit with CG characters on top. In the words of the filmmaker, Homunculus is:

a dark and twisted fable of spontaneous generation and untrammeled id. Taking its title from the Latin word for “Little Human”, the piece is an associative mashup between the two concepts behind the word: The first being middle-age alchemical beliefs that “little men” could be spontaneous generated from dead or decaying matter. The second being Carl Jung’s usage as a personification of pure id. These ideas, combined with our love of Dutch still life’s “beautiful decay,” sowed the seeds for this unique little monster of a film.

(Thanks, Mike Johnson)

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  • Iritscen

    Wow, impressive integration of CG into a live-action setting. The whole presentation is mesmerizing. Heh, I can’t remember when I last saw spontaneous generation used as a concept in modern film.

  • Aline

    Love it!

  • http://www.LarryAnimation.com Larry Ruppel

    Nice work! There’s some fine animation, especially on the tall gray monster (meanster?). I quite like the sidestep approach to his victim at the 2:10 mark.

    By the way, I found more info on this project, as well as a behind-the-scenes video on Humble’s Vimeo page> http://vimeo.com/8078010