Refining the concept

We decided to create a mask, based on the Melanesian ceremonial masks, that represented the native’s interpretation of Witt’s stories about the war between the Americans and the Japanese, specifically how he would have portrayed the Japanese army in his words.


These are some clay masks that myself, Matthew Hamill and Natasha Walsh made based on some of the aesthetics we had seen in some of the Melanesian masks. After reviewing these six heads we decided that we should include one of the themes of the film – duality – in the mask, so when Matthew took charge of the final product he took that into consideration.


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