Terry Gilliam is the ‘creative adviser’ for 1884: Yesterday's Future, described as an animated steampunk parody based on George Orwell’s 1984. It will use CGI and live-action puppets to create an alternate version of 19th century Europe. (Directed by Gilliam's longtime collaborator and digital animation specialist, Tim Ollive)
1884 is an $8 million production that presents an alternate version of 19th century Europe with a steam punk aesthetic -- a world in which the movie itself was created in 1848 (some four decades prior to the actual invention of film… makes sense to us). Variety describes 1884 as “a tale of laughable imperialist derring-do and espionage,” where man has already reached the moon and England is populated by steam-powered vessels and flying vehicles.
Ollive and Gilliam will bring their off-kilter collaboration to life via the use of 2D and 3D (read: digital) animation, live-action puppets that have actors’ eyes and mouths superimposed over their CGI heads, and a mix of miniatures, graphics, and old-fashioned photography to create the backdrop of London, France, and other locales across Europe -- all of which will be colored with sepia tones to as to further recreate the look of a silent flick from the late 19th century.