Psychonauts | Tim Ra

On the brink of nuclear war, a group of seasoned psychonauts embarks on a bizarre mission to change the fabric of reality itself – cutting through the mysterious depths of the underwater world in a gleaming glass vessel. Shamans, biotechnologists, and visionary pasajeros, human beings from all corners of the globe are united by a singular purpose: to save humanity from its own imminent self-destruction.

Years of unwavering dedication to shamanic practices have honed their minds and bodies for this awe-inspiring task. Equipped with cutting-edge biotechnology fueled by the potent power of plant medicine they possess the means, the skills and the wisdom to achieve the seemingly impossible: opening an interdimensional vortex fusing our reality with a parallel dimension.

Under the guidance of the shamans, the psychonauts delve into a collective trance, their senses heightened as they journey into the deepest recesses of the human psyche. They confront the rawest traumas that have plagued the human race, bearing witness to the darkest aspects of humanity’s past and present.

Amidst the darkness, a breathtaking vision of a new beginning unfolds before their eyes. With hearts brimming with hope and purpose, the psychonauts step into the interdimensional vortex, unleashing a force akin to a thousand suns.

This storyboard is based on an intense dream about nuclear war that I had some months ago, probably fueled by fears of the war in Eastern Europe spiraling out of control. While my dream was both more intricate and darker than the resulting visualisation, I found it immensely satisfying to distill the plot down to its bare essentials, experimenting with countless prompts and images along the way – developing a visual style and drawing on some of my favorite music and film icons to create a sense of cohesion.

–Tim Ra

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