Since 2012 is now here, I thought I’d get started with the production diary for Episode 4 of the Tales from Nanumea series. At this point in time, I’m looking at making the next episode about The Kaumaile.
“The Kaumaile is a renowned treasure, central to Nanumean traditional history. This heavy wooden spear, about 1.8m long, is carved from a very dense, blackish brown, fine-grained wood. The Kaumaile is believed to have been brought to Nanumea by Tefolaha, the community’s founder, who had used it in battles in Samoa and Tonga.” ~Nanumea.net
Although Nanumea.net has a lot more information about the Kaumaile than most other resources, there still seems to be a lot of mystery around the weapon. For example, where exactly was it cut? What made the spear so powerful, apart from the fact that Tefolaha wielded it? What were its other characteristics? Since I am leaning towards going through with the Kaumaile for Episode 4, it seems like I am going to have to do some digging through the networks to learn more about this mystical spear.
Over the last week or two, I’ve had strong dreams and promptings (you know, the type that give you goosebumps while your watching a movie or reading a book, or when you randomly come across something that just grabs your attention, or when you wake up with that a-ha voice in your head), which have urged me to write them down as references for the next episode.
So far, these references include the story of The Ring (from the Lord of the Rings trilogy)…
…and the story of Thor and his mighty hammer, Mjölnir.
These two will provide a solid base from which to form my own “historical evocation” (as Frank Miller of the movie 300 so aptly puts it) of the Kaumaile. You can see below how the story of the 300 Spartans was highly stylized and exaggerated to make for a more “effective” piece of entertainment. A lot of people got upset about the “evil” depiction of the Persians, but it’s not always easy to please everyone. Ancient stories are usually told from one perspective.
It must be stressed that, since this animation series is part art, part history, there will be some things that deviate from the “true” stories for the sake of entertainment. However, in order to keep the integrity of this project, I wish to include the different accounts from different families as Extra Features on the DVD, as a resource link here on the site, and possibly on Youtube and Vimeo for maximum reach.