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The Cunning Little Vixen

 

The Cunning Little Vixen is a speculative project I designed based on an Opera by Leoš Janáček in the 1920s. It depicts a little vixen's encounter of growing up in the parallel worlds between the animals and humans.

 

After some research on real wild animals, I realized that most of them do not appear to attract humans, instead, their appearance is more practical, sometimes even unexpected from a human's perspective.

Research

I gained some inspirations from existed performances. The functions and visual effects of the employed elements inspired my design.

Also, some inspirations are from existed performances. The functions and visual effects of the employed elements inspired my design.

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I became to wonder how a little vixen would appear. She needs to have some female natures as well as animal natures, as the script requires.

Long furs can protect her from being harmed by creatures and surroundings. In the meanwhile, her body is naked showing her female fragility.

Inspiration and Development

Some experiments were made to see if this idea of furs can be furthered into set design.

I wanted the whole set to be covered with furs to show vixen's authority in the forest.

Costume

The length of Vixen's fur indicates her current status.

She was a furball when she has not been tamed by humans;

When she was in Forester's house, her furs got trimmed which made her highly vulnerable;

She had her long furs again after she ran into the forest and became a grown-up.

The costumes of other characters are high-flexible. So they can interact with Vixen and her furs with dancing-like movements.

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Storyboard

The background translucent screen was lit up with yellow-greenish lighting to show things started from early morning, it gradually changed into dawn and the sun rose again, in the end, to convey the notion concluded in the script that there was a cycle of life.

Technical Drawing and Model

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