Here you will find regular updates on the making of a feature length animated film called The Titans of Brahma.
My name is Richard Herman. I am a painter by profession who has been working with oil on canvas for 35 years, creating landscapes from memory. Alongside this mainstream day job I have had a persistent and peculiar dream-life. Since childhood there have been reoccurring characters, themes, symbols and environments. This dream-life has been the subject of my personal art and writing for many years. Over time it has developed into a series of narratives, and these narratives fall into a pattern that is very intimate to me, the six realms of the Bhavacakra, or Wheel of Becoming, from Classical Buddhist teaching/mythology.
Three years ago I began the work of bringing these dreams to life, with the first of what I hope to be six animated stories. The Titans of Brahma follows the struggle of beings within the Asura Realm, where humans must survive surrounded by jealous gods who are locked in endless war for expansion and supremacy. It is also a vast and beautiful world, moving within a system of planets and moons and wandering stars called The Iron Worlds.
This work began with a year of writing and storyboarding, then another two years of concept design, which involved visualizing this planet called Brahma Vihara, its flora and fauna, its gods and peoples. The project is now at the point of 3D modelling and animation, and from this point on I will be sharing the process here. I will be posting about the technical challenges of creating a CG animation, the editing and the soundscaping, and I will be exploring the in-story background of a world-system, a people who call it home, and their shared symbols that tell of remote origins.
This project is a labour of love. There is no deadline. What counts is creative free-play, balancing a planned outline with spontaneity, and making the best possible animated film.
Thanks for reading, and please enjoy. This project can be followed daily on Instagram