"The Journey of the Water Bear" is a short film about the microscopic creatures called "Tardigrades", also known as "Water Bears". It was inspired by a song from the British musician Cosmo Sheldrake. The film began as a casual side project directed by Samuel Enslin in 2016, but became a full-fledged project once it was hosted on Artella in early 2017. Now, the project has a team of about 15 artists that collaborate from all over the world to create a beautiful and stunning film showcasing the little tardigrade hero.
To us, the message of the song is, "No matter what hardships life throws at you, be like a tardigrade. Be indestructible and just keep going!"
It's a simple, optimistic message, and the Tardigrade itself is, apart from looking terribly cute, an amazing creature. It thrives deep in the ocean under tons of pressure; it surives up to 150 years without hydration; it withstands more radiation than any other creature on earth; and, unlike any other creature we know of, it is able to survive within the vacuum and chilling temperatures of space.
This film is not only going to cover vastly different environments like the deep sea, the arctic, space, and nuclear wasteland, but it will also go from microscopic levels to epic landscape shots. We hope to show the world through the tardigrade's eyes, exploring microscapes and macroscapes and all of its dangers as a tardigrade might encounter.
We are hoping to finish by the beginning of 2019. We would love your support along the way! If you are interested in seeing more, follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Or, if you're a CG artist yourself, you can apply to work with us on Artella. The more the merrier!