Representations of Nature in the Secret of Kells

While I really enjoyed the storyline of the Secret of Kells, what captivated me most was the intricacies of its animation. One of the recurring patterns that I found most inspiring was the recurring geometric shapes, especially circles.  These two images show somewhat conflicting messages of nature, utilizing circles to do so. The first depicts an aerial view of the forest with the ominous presence of a crow, while the second is less ominous with more light and a sense of simplicity. Circles convey a sense of power; the one strong circle taking up the screen in the first image seems more threatening and ominous than the repeated circles in the second image. These images also give a sense of perspective. In the first image, seeing the forest from an aerial perspective shows its true expanse, while the second image has an outsider perspective that conveys nature as a less threatening force. I think these two screen captures are cohesive but also convey differing representations of nature.

One Reply to “Representations of Nature in the Secret of Kells”

  1. That is true. I also think the movie has a lot of geometric shapes that are essentially two dimensional but are made to look three dimensional with some shading. The shapes and drawing techniques used in the animation mimic those used in the actual Book of Kells. This made the movie visually stunning and more relevant to the book itself.

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