Title: My Beautiful Broken Brain

Client: Netflix and Lotje Sodderland 

Executive Poducers: David Lynch, Lotje Sodderland, Sophie Robinson     

Services: Concept artist, Compositing

Company: OutpostVFX


OutpostVFX teamed up with Netflix and Director Sophie Robinson to add some visual magic to the incredible documentary My Beautiful Broken Brain telling the story of Lotje Sodderland and how her stroke has discovered her a new stunning world.


Our mission was to bring into life Lotje world and make it possible for all of us to be part of it. I worked together with Lotje creating concepts that would translate her world and serve as the visual keys for the team. 

"That state of simplest form of awareness alone,

is worth of seeing, hearing, contemplating and realising"


                                                                          David Lynch

As this film digs into the deep meaning and relationship between brain and mind, I had the fascinating task of creating some concepts to find the look of a beautiful and full of dimensionality "galaxy - brain". We needed to define the concept of a whole universe inside of a brain. Excitingly, both universe and brain have an extremely similar structure, so we started from there.

In this image we can see the similarity between brain cells (left) and univere (right)

This idea became the style guide for all the film. 


It became the "law" of the project and we applied the look of these concepts for CG brain graphics, for the effects that replicate her visions and even for credits, promotional posters and banners.

Concept for the Brain - Galaxy, created side by side with Lotje

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Concepts gallery

Illustration I created for the credits of the film, animated in After Effects by David Sadler

When the look was defined, I worked closely with the CG Team to maintain this look thought the whole film in all the different moments and the graphics necessary to tell Lotje´s story. At production stage I worked also as compositor, translating the concept directly to the screen. Under the supervision and guidance of Elena Estevez Santos, we created this beautiful piece, which breakdown you can see here:

Screen grabs gallery from the film

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