Wildless is a self initiated project to experiment with, explore and discover new visual techniques.
The short film has been shown in 14 film festivals around the world, picking up the award for best animation at the Mammoth Mountain Film Festival, as well as featuring as an installation in Glasgow’s celebrated Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.
Rewild: restore (an area of land) to its natural uncultivated state (used especially with reference to the reintroduction of species of wild animal that have been driven out or exterminated).
Playdead switched off the computer screens, locked the doors of the studio and set off with a film camera on a 3-day journey into the Scottish Highlands. We witnessed the sun rising over Glencoe, early morning mist rolling over Rannoch Moor, the golden sands at Mallaig and twilight in the depths of Dunkeld.
With the theme of ‘Rewilding’ in mind and rough storyboards in hand, we digitally captured the stunning natural landscape and once back at the studio, began creating a short 3-minute experimental film, integrating 3D animation and visual effects into the filmed footage from our trip. The result being the ‘Wildless’ 3 minute short film, which is currently touring and enjoying success at short film festivals globally.
From the process of making the short film, on reflection, we realised that we haven’t just visually explored the themes of ‘Rewilding’ but had in fact ‘Rewilded’ our creative process: by heading into the wilderness we’d given our imaginations space to roam free. The wilderness and connection to nature fed back into our working practice, resulting in stunning and intriguing visual responses.
Building upon our experiences and using the short film ‘Wildless’ as a springboard, we’re now commencing Chapter 2 of the project.