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Larvae Story (2021)

A short stop motion animation about larvae residing in a dust world. The larvae are the main characters while the world that they inhabit is represented by a dust character.

*If you want to watch the full film, contact Roda.

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Larvae Story is a four-minute-long stop motion animation illustrating the struggles of life as a larva. The larvae reside in a dust world where they have built an advanced world. They have made their advanced world. They do not have wings, but they gained the ability to fly by using advanced technology. Despite the technology they have achieved, the larvae are still searching for a way to beat perpetual dust storms that have bothered them for generations. A severe dirt storm suddenly starts to hit the town! Larvae decide to bounce the dirt off through their machinery and dance with lights & fans as a ritual of sublimation like a party.
 
In this animation, the “larvae” are portrayed as complete forms of existence that evolve through a life that is filled with agony. Despite the inability to grow wings and become butterflies, they find other ways to survive and push forward. By depicting “larvae” as the main characters, this animation represents and stands up for human beings dealing with the ever-changing life that is heavy, complicated, but exciting.

Larvae Story has been screened in various international film festivals all over the world including the United States, Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, India, and Italy.

Still 1: Larvae dancing all together

Still 2: A dust character showing up

Still 3: A pink larva checking the sky with a telescope

Still 4: A green larva enjoying its tea

Still 5: Larvae building machinery that would help to bounce dust off 

Still 6: A dust storm hitting the town

Character Design

Larvae were designed as the main characters and a dust character was designated as the world that larvae live in. Depiction of eyes came from Roda's perspective that eyes are windows reflecting another world. This time All different fusion graphics inspired by Korean traditional patterns are applied to the eyes of every single larva to give them aesthetic identity. When larvae start to dance, eyes are emphasized by using prominent materials which aggrandize larvae's excitement.

in-pot materials like stationery beads(: for larvae) and recycled props(: for dust world) were intentionally used to mean that even if our life might not be always built with flashy things, still the whole life and ourselves are complete and attractive.

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Still 7: Larva's mode changed

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Still 8: One of the most popular dancing larvae with patterned eyes

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Still 9: Dancing larvae on the stage

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Canvas work ( 24*35 inch ) : Original design of the larva dancing in dust

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Original design of the larva

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Character Design

Dust character sculpture used in the film

Dust on the ground

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Dust in the forest

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Illustration of original dust character's concept image

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Rough drawing of original dust character's concept image

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Dust in an abandoned fishbowl

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Dust between trash

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Background building production

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