When it came time for Simon Fiedler to create a thesis work for his media design studies, he quickly found a topic: The idea itself. How are ideas created, where do they come from, how do they work, how do they feel? The approach to this topic showed that an idea is not a stringent event with a beginning, a zenith and an end but a weave of elements that influence each other and interrelate causally in a highly complex system. After several weeks, Simon felt as if he were uncontrollably lost in this maze and had only made minimal progress in the completion of his thesis work. As fascinating as the topic was, it was just as difficult to grasp, to explain and to illustrate in a film Simon’s supervising professor, Professor Ihmels, was the person who helped Simon make the deciding breakthrough: why not use images to capture the feeling of “not advancing”? To illustrate a creative block itself and make it the main topic sparked Simon's creative fire. From a mix of helplessness, panic, creative block and fear of failure he conjured up as many impressions, images and visually captivating emotional states as he possibly could. Simon then used these elements and influences to create the imagery for his thesis work.
Simon selected the nautilus shell as the symbol for the idea in his film, Droplets. The nautilus shell has a snail-like curved shape which can best be described as a spiral consisting of arcs in a set of Fibonacci rectangles, which in turn are based on Fibonacci numbers. Fibonacci numbers is a sequence of numbers in which a given value is equal to the sum of the two previous values (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, …). The nautilus shell and the Fibonacci numbers in their original, pure form, therefore, represent the inspiration in Simon’s visual world.
Simon makes this shape undergo several morphs in the course of his film – some created by him, others caused by external catalysts. At first it looks like the process is of a purely destructive nature, which has a progressively negative effect on the shape of the nautilus and is leading to its ultimate destruction! However, the film continues on to show very impressively how the inspirational shards of one idea can become the foundation of a completely new idea.
The fact that many parts of one element can reshape to another whole element at a different level also inspired Simon in the naming of his film. Observing raindrops landing on the sidewalk in front of a café and combining to build a puddle to create a new whole inspired the name Droplets, which reflects perfectly the philosophy of the film.
Simon used CINEMA 4D and After Effects to create Droplets. CINEMA 4D in particular played a major role in the production. Particle effects, hair, MoGraph, Dynamics, Mocca, XPresso and C.O.F.F.E.E. were used in the most varied ways. The particle effects helped create the fireworks explosions that look like sparkling synapses. Mocca, XPresso and C.O.F.F.E.E. were used to animate the steel cables.
Simon Fiedler: www.sugarview.de
Daniel Mauthe: www.danielmauthe.net
Ben Krahl: www.benkrahl.com