Holistic Concepts

Oakscape is a small team of talented people, dedicated to developing immersive cross-media concepts. Our name stands for a comprehensive view — or representation — and as such portrays the immersive dimension in which we capture human dynamics and give free rein to our holistic approach. Always looking for the most distinctive ends of the story continuum.

Holistic Approach

Our holistic approach, which stretches beyond the narrative, is paramount to balancing a specific atmosphere with respect to human dynamics. Let us illustrate this with a tangible example. Recently, we were asked to come up with an idea for a scene in Pariske Volence in which a woman, struggling with a personal loss, is standing on a sunny beach, contemplating. She was neither supposed to laugh nor cry, and yet, a close-up of her presence had to portray both the sunny warmth and her dark grief. But how could this be conveyed to the viewer if obvious emotions were to be left out? Other requirements were that the idea had to be both tangible and reproducible, which also ruled out any fantasy elaboration. The restrictions we were allowed to waive concerned the lighting, props and body movement, and that's what we went with. It challenged us to look at the bigger picture.

An idea coming about.

The idea we came up with was to position the woman in direct sunlight, holding a parasol in her left hand. The sunlight we directed in a way that the parasol's shade covered her forehead and curled just below her eyes. Still not completely satisfied, we chose a parasol with a wooden frame whose ribs protruded slightly around the edges. And this created a natural shadow that looked like partially run down eye mascara. It all came together in a frontal shot that perfectly captured the complete feeling we were after. The narrative did the rest.

Simulating Ideas

Many aspects come into play when devising concepts. The key to a captivating concept is to not only think creatively, but to be able to imagine the impact of an idea. This is achieved through a process of research and simulation in which we test how certain atmospheres, sceneries and dialogues can be made to work. This exercise is often fueled by GPS and media data collected in real locations. For example, the photo below of a pre-war house in the city of Kanazawa, Japan, is one of the many photos we took to recreate the zeitgeist of Pariske Volence protagonist Ichika. Not an easy task in a country where houses are usually replaced every 30 years.

Pre-war home in the coastal city Kanazawa.

What We (Don't) Do

Oakscape develops creative ideas, approaches and implementable concepts that offer a deeper perspective. We do not directly provide any services to the general public. The tangible results are primarily intended as an underlying source for screenplays, third-party stories, games and related media productions such as content for AI applications (e.g. Prolog). We are not an end producer of any resulting media applications or books (with Oaklife being the exception).

What we work on

Below you will find an overview of some of the concepts currently being planned or developed. Our concepts are typically works of fiction, ranging fromGeneral Audiences (G) to Parental Guidance (PG-13).

Mojave Rendez Vous, Corpeux Coeurs intro.

Proposals are side projects that have mostly been started, but are waiting for sufficient support — or needing a commission — to complete. For interest or a custom (high/low) concept, please contact us via the contact page.

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Overview

Pariske
Volence

  • Status: In development
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Language: English/French
  • Rating: PG-13
  • UOLN: 2330-538-142 | i-DEPOT

Award &
Reward

  • Status: In development
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Language: English/German
  • Rating: PG-13
  • UOLN: 2390-528-141 | i-DEPOT