The Egg

Based on Andy Weir’s short story, ‘The Egg’ is a visually rich film exploring the ideas of the afterlife and reincarnation.


Concept design and Artwork Emma Fay
Man Gregory Haley
God Charlotte Mahdoodi

Jonathan Macauley
James Kerr

Assistant Editor
Nathan Stanyon

Sound Editor
Alexandre Carvalho

Music by Dimitar Petrov

Adapting the story into a surreal and abstract interpretation of the idea of the universe as an egg, the body art of ‘Man’ has influences of aboriginal mud like texture while highlighting the skeletal anatomy, representing the transient and organic nature of Mankind.

The symbols and theology inspiring the body art design of God are chosen to depict something outer worldly but also of Mankind’s imagination.

The Seed of Life, a universal symbol of creation, positioned at the third eye refers to the idea of a gate that leads to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness. In New Age spirituality, the third eye often symbolizes a state of enlightenment, within Hinduism and Buddhism it is shown as the eye of insight in the forehead of an image of a deity, especially the god Shiva. Signifying insight into a deeper meaning and purpose, the symbol is found at the heart of an ancient pattern called the Flower of Life, there are theories of the cosmology of consciousness said to be encoded into this singular geometric seed, portrayed in the head dress worn by God in the film.

The Eye of the Buddha symbol, placed on Gods back within the body art, donates an all-seeing ability. The ‘Rigpa‘ Tibetan symbol of knowing, an idea of the original wakefulness that is personal experience, represents the 3 wisdoms ‘Listening, contemplating, and meditating.’

The Sanskrit Veda is expressed as a centre of light from which concentric circles of truthfulness radiate is positioned on the stomach of the design with a layered symbol of the golden ratio, a mathematical ratio found in nature.

“A sense of beauty through harmony and proportion which has been recognised for thousands of centuries” ~ Rebecca Gross.

God is played by a female within this piece as the feminine qualities and aspects of mother earth on a universal scale and Native American Hopi mythology is conveyed.

“The power of the Void is the power of wombness in us all, the power of true creativity.” ~ Peggy Andreas.

The idea of the Rainbow body, Jalu (a spiritual body phenomenon of someone attaining complete knowledge with the absence of delusion) is shown throughout the design through the use of colour alongside the representation of linear and cyclic time, creativity, inspiration and divine influence, suggested through the symbol of infinity, lines, circles, orbs. Their are expressions of the sands of time throughout the artwork, all of which is created using UV reactive paint in a black light setting.