"Just glancing at her, you’d never be able to tell that Elise—the red-haired
protagonist in Czech-based indie studio Attu Games’ forthcoming adventure game,
Scarlet Deer Inn
—is made entirely of real, tangible thread. In fact, every
character frame in Scarlet Deer Inn
is made of thread, embroidered on a
machine, and then animated and pulled into the game’s digital world.
Eva Navrátilová, one half of Attu Games’ husband-wife duo, blew Twitter’s
collective mind when she shared a clip of this painstaking process on April 29,
receiving over five million views as of this writing.
The character Elise was a normal mom until she was thrust into a “dark
underground full of monsters, and a medieval setting inspired by Slavic
folklore” with only a torch to keep her alive, Scarlet Deer Inn
description says. In Navrátilová’s clip, she runs across a weather-beaten
bridge barefoot, looking—honestly—as digital as the rest of the scene. But then
the clip shifts to a close-up of an embroidery machine, the Brother PR670E,
stitching a black outline around the leg of the running Elise as three other
embroidered frames of animation trail to the left of it, and you realize that
Elise, to a degree, is real."
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