The idea for what is now 'Amelioration' dates back to 1993 actually when I began drawing conceptual designs of human-animal like beings. Originally I did them mostly due to my fascination of mythical creatures seen in many fantasy films, and my passion for zoology.
I did many throughout the years and then I switched to more human like characters, but not quite human. Then one day in the late 90s I decided to start writing a story about these beings and the world they would live in, much like our own.
There was a problem though- I didn't know how to write or even how to approach a story, and worse, I didn't enjoy it much when I did it during high school and college. But I loved the idea of creating a story I could call my own. Either way, I stopped writing and kept on drawing, creating characters that only lived in short moments in my head. A little while after that, I stopped drawing all together, I needed a break from everything and just focused on enjoying myself.
It wasn't until 2004 when I worked on a short film I was approached by the producer to draw a concept of an alien-bug creature for a horror movie he wanted to make. I made a design but he was looking for something else. But I found, or rediscovered, how much I enjoyed doing these conceptual art and I decided to start again. But the human-animal ideas weren't so interesting anymore. I decided to make the characters human and create creatures that would resemble some of today's living animals, as well as prehistoric ones, primarily mammals.
But who would these people be? I didn't have a story for them or a world to live in. All I knew I wanted to draw these characters with samurai-like swords and have them wear armor and masks. But where did I get these ideas from? The short answer comes from films I've seen recently back then when I started drawing again (2000-2005). The long answer goes back when I was growing up. My most vivid memories during my childhood always seem to include movies, and today it is still my greatest passion.
But to narrow down the beginnings of a developing story I have to say it was Gladiator, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Kill Bill, and Species that molded the type of characters and world I'd like to see them in. And it wasn't until 2005 that I decided to write a screenplay. I thought at first I would continue what I started years ago, with a novel like story but I felt I was leaning away from the film world and entering the long and almost endless path of trying to finish a novel. Like I mentioned, I'm not that much into writing, but if it's a screenplay, I'll do it without ever thinking twice about it.
I must also give inspiring credit to Batman Begins and The New World who reminded me of how important the ancient art of storytelling is and which sometimes it seems to have been forgotten with many films today. But that's a topic for another day.
The next blog will focus on the story of 'Amelioration' and how it developed from its early writings into what it is today.