THE KNICK LAB PROJECT
The Knick Lab is a tribute to the Cinemax TV Show “The Knick” , a personal project that started with the simple idea of blending different passions and techniques into one. I wanted to create a complete piece of work, from the conception to the final renders, while venturing outside of my day-to-day design oriented process.
The project originated from a discussion between office colleagues, about our favorite TV Show and the possibilities of collaborating to create fan art. It turned out to the right moment to engage into this kind of creative venture, as I have a great affection for movie posters and title design.
I imagined this project like a medical lab. Keeping true to the nature of the characters in the show, I experimented with various new techniques, those in which fundamentally fed my curiosity, my passion and my desire to think/create outside the box.
The aspect of collaborating with other artists inspires me. The project allowed me to bring together talented artists from various fields and artistic backgrounds, which in turn catered to merging our passions for graphic design, photography, costumes and CG into one.
The interesting part of this personal project was to see how far I could go in my personal and artistic effort, while having no time restraints or any other kind of restrictions. Just then it dawned on me that this was the perfect opportunity to be confronted with these endless possibilities and challenges. Most importantly, I saw it as an opportunity to have fun with collaborating, exchanging and creating images while letting our imaginations run free. Ultimately, to create something purely out of passion.
The main idea was to follow the path of a camera looking through a microscopic view, while it travelled between characters and human blood vessels. I wanted to reveal the duality between the surgeon and the nurse, sailing always between their mutual attraction and repulsion.
I attempted to highlight the main characteristic of the surgery during that era, by focusing on hands, the surgical tools, and elapsing time.
The color red is a reference to blood. In contrast, white is used to emphasize the surgical cleanness, while black represents the dark sides within each character. The oppression, tension and stress that hung heavily around the operation is represented using red lighting.
We began by searching for costumes and accessories, that closely resembled the TV show. The only aesthetically conscious decision that differed from that of the TV show, was when we integrated a surgical mask which was not presently used in the 1900’s.
The photoshoot was completed within a full day. We shot the models using three different light sets. We even attempted to shoot the tools but in the end decided to recreate them in CG. Like that, I would have better control in the integration process and achieve better results.
My goal was to have antique accessories closely resemble the ones used in the original show, and through the use of CG tools, it allowed me to give the final look a contemporary twist.
Thanks & Credits
I would like to thank all those involved in the production of this project and for making it possible:
Photographer : Simon Duhamel
Production : Alexandra Quesnel
Photographer assistant : Mathieu Letourneau
Makeup / Hair : Vanessa Ashley
Models : Alexandra Quesnel, Alexandre Dionne
Costumes / Accessories : Mylene Chabrol, Elyse Bedard
Behind the scene photos : Charles-Etienne Pascal
Design / Direction / CG : Geoffrey Skrajewski