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A magic of effective art can be a drawing that appears to be a movie still, clipped from a film narrative, evoking a powerful sense of storytelling— and the viewer wants to know the rest of the story. This phenomenon has recently manifested itself on deviantART— and in a big way— once again.





Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will produce a movie based on a drawing (“sweet Halloween dreams”) by deviantART digital artist begemott. The drawing depicts a tiny teddy bear with a tiny wooden sword and shield defending a sleeping child from the advances of a hideous beast sprung from the child’s nightmare.







The drawing was spotted on deviantART and brought to the attention of The Rock, film company, New Line, and the production company that produced The Rock’s successful movie “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.













Begemott’s gallery is full of wildly imaginative art works... We want to become a part of that world and find out what happens next.














Begemott’s gallery is full of wildly imaginative art works that succeed in capturing the moment in an idea’s “story” that represents a portal into a separate world. We want to become a part of that world and find out what happens next. Almost any of the images from this artist’s gallery could serve as a more interesting story platform than the mostly stale stories released every Friday in our movie theaters. So what at first blush might seem a bit crazy— constructing an entire film narrative from a single artist’s image— becomes much more understandable.











Even within short viewings, the striking and evocative story possibilities of begemott’s artworks spark the imagination. But so many of these paintings deserve longer viewing sessions offering even greater reward by allowing the constructed tableau to percolate and truly come to life. Sensing the dilemma these characters are facing becomes the core focus when viewing these works. Empathy for the subject and situations and the just occurred events comes easily as the scenes unfold and the characters’ relationships with themselves and others become clear. These newly familiar characters exude more identity and personality than the scripted clichés populating too many a screenplay.


The creativity, imagination and resonance with seekers of art that is always next-level, delightfully wicked and yet thoroughly human, always the portal moment of a story we want to enter, is what makes begemott’s art so special. And as a moment of captured “living narrative” his work is drawing in those in the entertainment businesses charged with finding life buried in the stacks of deadheaded old-thought pitches and submissions.


















DeviantART's great proletarian aesthetic is infusing media. Presented for your consideration: the likeness of a central character in Bioshock Infinite was sourced from a prominent cosplayer on deviantART, ormeli; and the recent suggestion by a snarky critic that the key art poster for The Great and Powerful Oz must have been made by a “14 year old on deviantART”— it certainly reflects deviantART because that’s what the world wants to see.


This community is the dominant aesthetic.

















DeviantART is becoming known as the place to come to, where the imagination for the new millennium and the new narrative spaces of the Internet are to be found. And begemott is the newest example of the narratives being discovered here.


Deviants should be made aware that this phenomenon of Hollywood finding movie ideas in the galleries of deviantARTists is not novel. This community’s impact on the aesthetic and narratives of all media is substantial and constant though frequently invisible. This event is distinguished by the high profile acknowledgement of the artist and of deviantART as the source of his work.




















Interviewwith begemott










techgnotic:
How integral was your network of friends and watchers on dA in the “discovery” of this artwork?


begemott:
I think it was crucial. It is only a guess, since I cannot know the people who posted the image on reddit and facebook, but I would expect that it started from people watching me on dA. Same for the people who posted links to my page in comments when the image appeared without attribution. I'm very thankful to them.









techgnotic:
With so many screenplays competing for the attention of movie producers, how surprised were you that your drawing was chosen as the basis for a feature film?


begemott:
It was very unexpected. I guess it shows how social media are changing the landscape. I think that recently another movie project was based on comments on a thread in reddit. It is certainly exciting to have such opportunities offered to outsiders. I would guess that one attractive property of picking up an idea from the internet, is that it has already received feedback from people.










techgnotic:
What do you think it was about your drawing that so intrigued a producer looking for a unique story to tell?


begemott:
I think that the drawing implies a larger story, and it's probably easy to relate to. The night is scary when you are a kid, and I'm sure many children have comforted themselves by imagining that something in the room protected them from all the imaginary dangers in the dark.










techgnotic:
There are so many elements balanced in your simple piece – childhood fear and wonder, heroism and loyalty, the safety and the terror of one’s own bed. Do you spend a lot of time thinking about achieving desired balances or effects, or do you just construct “story narrative platforms” instinctively? What can you tell us about your process?


begemott:
I try hard not to think! When I do try to think about such things explicitly, it all goes wrong. I don't have a process as such. What usually happens is that at some point, usually late at night, often after listening to music for a long time, I have an idea, and I make a quick sketch on a piece of paper to remember. These quick sketches are very rough and probably totally incomprehensible to others. At some other time, when I have time to spare, I go through these sketches, find one that seems like it's worth the effort, and finish it.












techgnotic:
Have you been approached by Hollywood about obtaining film rights to your other artworks?


begemott:
No.




techgnotic:
Can you share with us your preferred tools when creating your artworks?


begemott:
I usually draw with a mechanical pencil on plain paper. When I want more detail, I may use larger Bristol paper. I then scan it and do the coloring on the computer using a Wacom pen.






techgnotic:
There is an ongoing rash of movies “updating” classic fairy tales that all seem to fail by losing all sense of childhood as adult themes are added to the mix. Do you think the “Rock” might succeed in creating a gem like “Time Bandits” amidst the current mishmash affairs like “Snow White and the Huntsman?”


begemott:
I don't really know much about the movie. I will not be part of the creative process, but I certainly hope the end result will be enjoyable. I don't think that adult themes are necessarily a bad thing in a child story. I think that the problem is that in many recent movies revisiting fairy tales, the adult themes are simplistic and inserted in a forceful and explicit way. On the other hand, many good child stories have real underlying adult themes, without losing their magic.

















Questionsfor the reader







1.

Is there a particular artwork, or an artist’s work in general, in which you notice this “moment from an unwritten story” phenomenon?




2.

Have you ever been intrigued enough by a “narrative moment” artwork on dA to ask the artist in a comment to tell the rest of the story? Would you like to do that?




3.

Do you think the Hollywood studio trend in seeking more imaginative narratives in dA’s “unwritten stories” will increase?




4.

Is this because audiences in the Internet age in general are demanding more full spectrum or multifaceted platforms for their narrative entertainment?













A magic of effective art can be a drawing that appears to be a movie still, clipped from a film narrative, evoking a powerful sense of storytelling— and the viewer wants to know the rest of the story. This phenomenon has recently manifested itself on deviantART— and in a big way— once again.

Writers: $techgnotic
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:iconpatriciolazen:
patriciolazen Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Simply awesome!
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DxYxGx Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013   General Artist
It's great begemott is getting all this attention, but is he getting paid or compensated in any way for his ideas or are they just essentially stealing them?
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:iconhansgrube:
HansGrube Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
cellentissime! travail magnifique!
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:iconranlinbow909:
Ranlinbow909 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
very beautiful and pioneer. i love the way you have so much surrealism in your art. :D
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:iconwhistlingreaper:
whistlingreaper Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
This is right up my dark, creepy alley!
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:iconjsh68jsh:
jsh68jsh Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Very nice~good!
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:iconswampy999:
swampy999 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
WOW I love the surrealism!! keeping an eye on you 
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:iconblondiefoxartist:
Blondiefoxartist Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
I think it is wonderful that deviantART is a place for artistic inspiration for Hollywood movies!
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:iconrgreen123:
Rgreen123 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
I saw "Sweet Halloween Dreams" and said to my self wow thats my childhood nightmare I've never forgotten as ~jlosant says Thats dreaming come true.
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:iconabelot:
Abelot Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Very interesting mix of styles and thoughts.Really enjoyed this thankyou.
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:icondjavam:
djavam Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
very good
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:iconzhoutengshan:
zhoutengshan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
<font><font>谢谢你,祝你健康。</font></font>

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:iconwavedancer2011:
Wavedancer2011 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Writer
Brilliant imagination and exquisite technique!
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:iconshah612:
shah612 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Interface Designer
F%#$*~g  Awesome
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:iconjlosant:
jlosant Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Thatīs a dream coming true...
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:iconkayiscah:
KayIscah Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist

1. Absolutely, it's something I often look for when FAVing a piece.

 

2. I think I would if I wasn't under a constant deluge of stories from my writing sites.  It's kind of nice to kick back and just absorb on a simpler level with visual art.

 

3. Ultimately you still need a writer to get a script, so while writers and artist will continue to draw on each other for inspiration...and you need artists to interpret the script back into audio/visual form, a film needs more than a single image to work.  So you'll see waves of interest in this sort of story development.  Someone will do it well, and it will be popular.  Then several others will do it poorly, and the interest will die down.  Then someone will do it well again... etc.

 

4. I think Star Wars set the tune for multi-media immersion before the internet came into play.  The film expanded into not just merchandise, but books, comics, TV shows, games, video games...  However, the internet has fed this desire, not just absorption but interactivity.  End consumers like embracing that role of discovers and being closer to the beginning of the process.

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:iconteamblazeman:
teamblazeman Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Great artwork.
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:iconallex82:
allex82 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
good
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:iconevysirene:
Evysirene Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
<font><font class="">Magnifique vraiment </font></font>
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:iconartnsm:
artnsm Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Nice work-hope to see more---there are many artists of influence -here   (Dali,etc) -but all art work  comes from a place-of seed---to thought--to completion--Is anything really purely original ?
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Dhako889 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:F    
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:iconalex-a-akira:
Alex-A-Akira Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Lovely, so wonderful an artist's work has caught the eye of someone with access to the land of Possibility and Opportunity and Mass.
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Aurora9912 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Before any of this happened I bought "Sweet Halloween Dreams" for my best friend.  He loved it.  Begemott's works are so different, so creative, I am sure the future is going to have many other surprises in store.

$techgnotic, there were several sections of your article that, honestly, pissed me off.  Supposedly this is an article regarding Begemott's works yet you do not hesitate to devote quite a few extremely derisive comments reflecting your negative personal opinion of the films being released today.  "Almost any of the images from this artist’s gallery could serve as a more interesting story platform than the mostly stale stories released every Friday in our movie theaters." and "These newly familiar characters exude more identity and personality than the scripted clichés populating too many a screenplay."  I do believe personal opinion has its place in some articles but in this case I think you went overboard.  After your comment about "Snow White and the Huntsman" I was wondering if you also work as a movie critic.

Love Begemott's work.  I am thrilled about this project that The Rock is working on.  I just think your article got lost somewhere along the way.  I will probably get slammed for saying this but since comments are allowed and I am not doing this to be rude, I do hope I will be allowed my views.  Thank you.
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:iconlibidopter:
libidopter Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Most beautiful, all of this great work of art... wonderful :-)
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:iconjanbaggen:
JanBaggen Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
inspiring interview with an inspiring artist. I love his work and wish Begemott all the luck and succes
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:iconhouk:
houk Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Wow! Awesome illustrations!
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:iconlance66:
Lance66 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
excellent article , inspiring stuff :)
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:iconfa2al:
Fa2al Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful and So inspiring,
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:iconchaitanyak:
chaitanyak Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
i remember faving and sharing "Sweet Halloween Dreams" a while back! one of my favorites!
congrats Begemott!
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:iconred-countess:
red-countess Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
I don't know why this is being featured now, six months after it was written, but thanks for bringing to my attention anyway as I love "Sweet Halloween Dreams", and hope Johnson will do it justice.
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:iconriakesree:
riakesree Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
This really draws hope for many artist out there. It adds more scope and options. These concepts are brilliant and oh so clever.
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:iconjackdante:
jackDante Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great
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:iconlitzie:
litzie Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I am in love with how beautifully designed your journal entries are.
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ChasingShadowsPhoto Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Photographer
Intriguing and very interesting article. Also, I'm very glad I saw this because I had seen that image on Facebook but didn't know who the original artist was. Now I do. :)
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:iconwordeea:
Wordeea Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
what a talented artist ! very glad i stumbled on this article
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shagne Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
:iconlikebuttonplz:
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KerroPerro Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Was this a hot topic? Because this article is very good! More like this please ;)
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marioluevanos Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Glad you enjoyed it. You can find more at #depthRADIUS
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Artist
So inspiring! :-)
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Krazyhound89 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow
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grieves05 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
The design of this article is so beautiful. You've really captured Begemott's work in stunning ways.

Have you ever been intrigued enough by a “narrative moment” artwork on dA to ask the artist in a comment to tell the rest of the story? Would you like to do that?

I can't count the number of times that a piece on deviantART has inspired me to imagine a story in my own head. To take action and ask the artist to share more about the story would depend on how deeply I connected with the work. In many cases, I want to understand the artists vision behind the work. Though in some cases, much like music, if a song's lyrics or a photo's subject matter affects me in some way, I might resist the urge to find out more and allow myself to enjoy the piece in the context of what it means to me.
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marioluevanos Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
:)
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:iconlordelisah:
lordelisah Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
this is what we call "art".
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:iconfootinadream:
footinadream Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student General Artist
:D Loved this interview!!! I had no idea this was happening to this artist!! very exciting things :dance:
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fadhlysb Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
arts that have a smell of surreal and simply can be understood by anyone with the details of a pro and the fact that those are digital arts , wow~how amazing is that dude!
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:iconzodiarkdarkja:
ZodiarkDarkja Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These reminds me of the books that I used to read as a boy...
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if-i-perish Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
so very beautiful!! I love the variety you used!!
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mustakettu85 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Have you ever been intrigued enough by a “narrative moment” artwork on dA to ask the artist in a comment to tell the rest of the story? Would you like to do that?"

Oh yeah, lots of times, especially when the description goes, "This is my OC, s/he is copyrighted to the moon, it's a crucial point in the most important story evah". So I get interested, I ask and they say "The story is all in my head, if you want to know anything, invent questions". Bothers me a LOT. If you got a story, WRITE IT FIRST, then post visual teasers. Otherwise it's just not fair to the audience.

What excuses those artists, though, is that they turn out to be young kids generally...
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simplyfeel Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is the first time I've seen artwork like begemott's on dA. I tend to look at less story-suggestive art and somehow weasel an inspiration from there. Fantastic work. As for the "trend,"I do see it becoming more common place. However, I wouldn't call this a trend just yet if there's only been one or two instances of such occurrences. Also, I feel the trend has to have a widely successful movie to make it more common place than something some may scoff at. This is an interesting development in the world of Hollywood and perhaps artists and writers from this site may become the next big time influence.

If anyone can answer, what other artwork besides begemott's has inspired a movie of sorts? Could they be linked?
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Rincewind47 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
I find that it a very liberating experience to view begemot's artworks, they give me the freedom to let my imagination drift through "the worlds of if" ( Not my phrase, I am ashamed to say I can't remember whose it is.) Using the same inspiration but in the hands of Hollywood the results will be very different, maybe excellent but still somebody elses viewpoint but I prefer my own.
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