At the Mountains of Madness is a loss of innocence story about two explorers named Dyer and Danforth. When a member of their expedition discovers a strange creature frozen beneath an uncharted mountain range deep in Antarctica, Dyer and Danforth rush to meet him and learn more. They arrive to find the camp destroyed, most of the crew dead, and their friend missing. Looking for answers and hoping to find their friend alive, they search for him in the mountains only to uncover a massive, ancient, and seemingly dead city. As they search through the sprawling tomb, they come face-to-face with an ancient horror that challenges their very perceptions of reality. At The Mountains of Madness asks the viewer “Do we really matter?” and then answers with a resounding “No.’’
For my senior project, I am producing an animated adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, a thrilling tale following two explorers who discover an ancient horror deep within the frozen wastes of Antarctica.
When I was little, I wanted to be a paleontologist more than anything in the world. The idea of discovering the fossilized remains of ancient creatures who ruled the earth millions of years before the evolution of modern mammals was just SO COOL that ten-year-old Valentina couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
Although I ended up going into Digital Media (a field of study which I am absolutely in love with), I still made a point to keep in touch with my childhood interests. I’ve been volunteering at the Drexel Paleontology lab since the Summer after my freshman year, 3D laser scanning the fossils of Dreadnoughtus schrani, a 70-million year old sauropod dinosaur. Dreadnoughtus takes the prize for having the highest calculable mass of any land animal ever discovered, and was recently featured in just about every major news outlet ever. It’s a pretty big (hah! Pun!) deal.