Id like to make the dreamy world more vibrant and abstract in comparison to the real world. since the animation is limited to a minute, id like the short sequence to be quite interesting and memorable, but also to carry on leading the story.
For the real world setting, or how it will look at the beginning and end of the animation, i'm trying to decide what the time period might be, so far im trying to decide between a Victorian world, an 18th century or a post WWI/II setting. The reason i was leaning towards these two settings is as it would provide a good reason for the alcohol that the character drinks, to hallucinate so much.
After doing some research, I found some information on the 'Gin Craze' within the 18th century. Roughly in the 1730's London, 10 million gallons of gin were being distilled and roughly 14 gallons was consumed by each person a year. To get their fix of Gin, quite often homemade versions were being created. Turpentine and sulphuric acid was being used, leading to poisoning. Though it was also blamed for an increase in crime, prostitution, madness, high death rates and low birth rates.
The print below was part of a two piece print along with 'beer street', and was designed to shock and show the effects of the gin craze. The image shows decay suicide, starvation along with probably the most shocking image of a woman dropping her baby whilst drunk.
|Gin Lane by William Hogarth|
So, i'm thinking about placing my character within this time period, just to give the character a background and design, and maybe suggest the reason for why he just picks up the alcohol/wine and drinks it, in my potential storyline, and also to explain the hallucination scene.