Kronus by MPC on Wrath of the Titans film
Kronus, the mythological Greek Titan, form was designed for the film ‘Wrath of the Titans’ by VFX company MPC (The Moving Picture Company) using several 3D iterations to catch the flavour of Zeus father. As described in the CGSociety website they used Zbrush sculpting software to developed Kronus concept design. As explained by Anders Langlands, MPC’s CG Supervisor: “We tried to keep that idea that there was a constantly moving molten lava layer shifting underneath his skin,”; “Then on top of that would be these black plates of rocks like tectonic plates shifting around on the earth.”
The impressive special effects make one think also about the post effects of Kronus as the volcano dries while the lava spilled ‘refill’ mineral resource in the new created/destroyed landscape. Analogically one is reminded by the tour de force book by British writer Olaf Stapledon Last and First Men where he investigated not Kronus and Gaia mythical genealogy of the past but the near and far future landscape transformations impulsed by the age of ‘men’. In three hundred pages Stapledon covers two billion years and the transformation of mankind in eighteen iterations. From ultra-industrialized cities, to proto-caveman futures and scattered hunter-gathering far future tribes the book describes the environment and its slow but brutal transformation during this period.
It would be interesting to imagine the crossbreed of myth tempestuous Kronus and the radical tales of near future sustainability. As, for example, lava not only destroys it ‘recreates’ depleted mineral resources through centuries of lava flow and sedimentation. As fictionally depicted by Stapledon the issue is not that humanity would not adapt to massive change, but instead the soul price paid for such adaptation. As people may adapt to live in prison, not every adaptation seems to be a bright bargain. In this scenario story telling becomes a crucial way to in-form our future steps. What could be our near future Kronus?
For the full CG article please check CGSociety website
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