Friday, 28 September 2012

Developing the Story: The Message

The Message
The Renaissance was a period of discovery and rebirth, specifically, the rebirth of culture. A significant aspect of this period of rebirth were the changes in attitude towards science and religion. 
The two topics are often considered polar opposites, with science typically being used to find fault in the teachings of religion, although it has also been said that science and religion can coexist, contributing to Mankind in different, but completely valid, ways.
The diagram above explains that in regards to the existence of Man, both science and religion have merit. It is this idea of harmony between the two sides that we will be addressing in our animation. 

The Basic Plot
Two characters represent Science and Religion as separate entities. The two characters awake to find themselves stranded on an island after the ship they were travelling on capsizes. At first, the characters are weary of one another, considering their hugely contrasting backgrounds, but they soon realise that in order to reach the other survivors on the island, they will have to put their differences aside and work together. For example, the characters reach a body of water that they cannot cross. The scientific character constructs a boat in order to cross the water, but without any wind, they won't be going anywhere. The religious character puts their faith and spirituality to good use, asking a greater power for the gust of wind that they desperately need to get moving. Without the scientific character's knowledge of carpentry and buoyancy, the religious character would be stranded, but that knowledge is useless without the religious character's connection with spirituality. 

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