11 November 2008, 04:21 PM
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In Greek mythology, Phaėton or Phaethon (Greek: Φαέθων "shining") was the son of Helios
In an alternate genealogy, Eos bore Cephalus a son named Phaėthon, but Aphrodite stole him away while he was no more than a child to be the night-watchman at her most sacred shrines.
In the version of the myth told by Ovid in the Metamorphoses, Phaeton bragged to his friends that his father was the sun-god. One of his friends, who was rumored to be a son of Zeus, refused to believe him and said his mother was lying.
So Phaeton went to his father Helios, who swore by the river Styx to give Phaeton anything he should ask for in order to prove his divine paternity.
Phaeton wanted to drive his chariot (the sun) for a day. Though Helios tried to talk him out of it, Phaeton was adamant. When the day came, Phaeton panicked and lost control of the mean horses that drew the chariot. First it veered too high, so that the earth grew chill. Then it dipped too close, and the vegetation dried and burned. He accidentally turned most of Africa into desert; burning the skin of the Ethiopians black.
Eventually, Zeus was forced to intervene by striking the runaway chariot with a lightning bolt to stop it, and Phaėthon plunged into the river Eridanos. His sisters the Heliades grieved so much that they were turned into poplar trees that weep golden amber.
This story has given rise to two latter-day meanings of "phaeton": one who drives a chariot or coach, especially at a reckless or dangerous speed, and one that would or may set the world on fire."
HELLO EVERYBODY AND THANK YOU FOR READING THIS FAR....
MY CONTRIBUTION TO THIS AMAZING CHALLENGE WILL BE A ADAPTATION OF THE GREEK MYTH OF "Phaėton" INTO A STEAMPUNK ENVIORNMENT....
THE SCEEN I AM CREATING IS WHEN ZEUS IS STRICKIG Phaėton WITH HIS LIGHTING BOLT.
AND THE ENTIRE STORY IS VIEWED FROM THE EYES OF THE SCIENTIFIC BYSTANDER WHO HAPPENS TO BE WATCHING THE SKY WITH HIS TELESCOPE...
11 November 2008, 05:48 PM
ok my sketching skills are crap and so i decided to start of with cinema 4d on a mac to previsualize the entire idea
here is a different angle of what is hapening in this frame of the story...
hope it makes sence...
please tell me your ideas ....
11 November 2008, 10:37 AM
Hello da heib my good friend!! I really like the idea of the observer and the telescope!!! Zeus and Phaethon will be like constellations or something? Keep it up man, its a very interesting concept
11 November 2008, 10:37 AM
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