Early in my story development I had an idea: what if the island was a jellyfish? Because a jellyfish is see-through, so you don’t expect it to have a heart. This plays along with judging a book by its cover: once you realize the jellyfish has a heart. Except, what I didn’t know at the time: the jellyfish does not actually have a heart. So much for that concept. But then I thought: what if it did?
I decided to use the jellyfish’s mysterious and more sinister essence instead. Their tentacles hiding under water could function as a symbol of there being more to see below the surface.
Rough animatic using jellyfish to convey a somewhat mysterious setting:
I had an idea recently on how to link the lonely monster with the jellyfish. How can I visually show the audience that the jellyfish belong to the island, and that they are part of the lonely monster? I thought the answer was to design the branches to look like jellyfish tentacles. -But what if I designed the jellyfish’s tentacles to look like branches instead?