BROKEN BEING: PREQUEL

Animated Short Film - Hand-drawn Animation (2019)

PROJECT DETAILS

Project name: 'Broken Being: Prequel' (Tan The: Tien Truyen)

Intellectual Property

Format: Animated Short Film

Medium: Hand-drawn Animation

Duration: 15 minutes

Year: 2019

THE STORY

Broken Being - a fictional story concept, originally created by DeeDee Animation Studio, is a post-apocalyptic story world, where humans, clones, and machines fight for the survival of their own species. Within it, 'Broken Being: Prequel' short animation film was produced as an introduction to that rich fictional world, and was released by DeeDee Animation Studio in early 2019.

The story takes place within one of the many existing Tranquil Havens. The Tranquil Haven is seen by the ones occupying it as a peaceful village, a safe zone, under the protection of the Gods above.


The inhabitants of the village are kept here for generations, ignorant of what goes on in the world. They are intensively faithful to their Gods, practicing their religions through prayers, rituals, and festivals.


Elsewhere, a colossal structure can be vaguely seen above the horizon. Legends say it is Paradise - a place for Gods. Whenever someone passes away, their body is brought there, back to the higher beings who rule the village.

 

Grieving for his loving wife who mysteriously passes away, a loyal husband goes on a dangerous journey from his peaceful Tranquil Haven to find Paradise - the place of the Gods, in hope of reuniting with the love of his life.

 

‘Broken Being: Prequel’ is a story about losing the one you love. Sure enough, it is not something that can be easily accepted. In desperate moments, irrational decisions are made.


‘Broken Being: Prequel’ is a story about discovering the horrifying truths underneath it all, about waking up from lies and deceptions, about realizing things are not what they seem, about having your perception of reality shattered into pieces.

 

DEVELOPMENT

The Groom - the protagonist of the Prequel episode, is a sweet, loving husband, who grows up in the quiet and peaceful village of Tranquil Haven. Unlike other villagers, he never understands the religious tradition it has, but he practices it anyway, because of his future wife.

 

The Groom has a genuine, gentle personality, which stays true to his appearance. He has not a single care for the world, for he already found the love of his life - The Bride.


However, when challenged, The Groom would stop at nothing to protect his future wife. He has a strong survival instinct that allows him to react quickly to situations, even if violence is required.

The art direction of the project is influenced by Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Samurai Jack’, Eyvind Earle, and Asian folk art. The character style is a more refined version of the internationally popular cartoon ‘Samurai Jack’, with a slightly more “serious” touch.


Meanwhile, we are inspired by the works of the legendary artist Eyvind Earle, which helps us craft a fantasy world larger than life through the grandiose of the landscapes.

The art style in Broken Being is also influenced by ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Ghost in the Shell’, illustrated by its overall cyberpunk tone.

 

Beyond that, we aim to introduce a taste of Vietnamese spirit to Broken Being’s combination of art style through the traditional painting styles. and a touch of the country’s imageries and architecture.

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

Upon its release, the animation film has received positive reviews from audiences and critics internationally. The film has also been featured at the top Trending list on Iflix streaming service, and an official profile on IMDbIt has officially featured in 9 international film festivals and won a few awards, including the Best 2D Film at KHEM Animation Film Festival, United States.

CREDITS

DIRECTOR

Dang Hai Quang

PRODUCER

Le Quynh Nhu

WRITTEN BY

Dang Hai Quang

Nguyen Thu Giang

Pham Dinh Hai

ART DIRECTOR

Ha Huy Hoang

ANIMATION DIRECTOR

Doan Anh Kiet

HEAD OF LAYOUTS & BACKGROUNDS

Nguyen Ngoc Linh

CHARACTER DESIGNS

Ha Huy Hoang

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

Doan Thanh Van

STORYBOARD ARTIST

Ha Huy Hoang

ANIMATORS

Doan Anh Kiet

Hoang Anh Viet

Pham Cong Nam

Nguyen Trung Long

Le Tien Hai

Nguyen The Trung

Nguyen Ngoc Anh Thu

Nguyen Thi Phuong Hien

Nguyen Kim Anh

Le Thi Mai

LAYOUT DESIGNS &

BACKGROUND PAINTINGS

Pham Trung Thanh

Nguyen Ngoc Linh

Oliver Blanchin

Pham Minh Khue

Bui The Phuong

Nguyen Thu Giang

Le Sang

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Nguyen Thu Giang

TECHNICAL SUPERVISOR

Hoang Anh Viet

EDITORS

Pham Tien Dat

Hoang Anh Viet

MUSIC & SOUNDS

Katana Records

PUBLIC RELATION DIRECTOR

Ha Quang Minh

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