Project: Benexus

video title design
Jade Rawlings

The Benexus video title project has a dark elegant mood without being overbearing.

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  • luxurious
  • accomplished

BENEXUS mean the mind touch. A form on intimate telepathic communication. It requires being vulnerable. It’s the opposite of the harsh merciless desert world.

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Creative Brief

1. Product Description
Benexus is 11 video episodes. It is a science-fantasy story with magic. It is set in various climes on a different world. But mainly desert scenes. There are two warring factions: The SCARAB rebel forces and Queen Lamia’s Royal Bloodguards. It is a hero’s journey where good overcomes evil and liberates an oppressed nation.

2. Features Differentiating Benexus

All the characters are archetypal figures. All have seen combat and treachery. They are a warrior culture.


Rescue from the dragoness symbolizes the liberation of the anima figure from the devouring aspect of the mother image. Not until this is accomplished can a man achieve his first true capacity for relatedness to women. The hero-dragoness battle symbolizes “growing up.” The anima is suffocated by the devouring mother. Any true creative achievement requires her liberation. Rejuvenation naturally follows (The Phoenix). The adolescent ego frees itself from the oppression of parental expectations and becomes individual. A culture pattern, or tribal identity, must evolve out of chaos. The hero is no longer driven to a competitive struggle for individual supremacy, but is assimilated to the cultural task of forming a friendly sort of community, a full life and mature attitude. The identity of the group and the individual is often symbolized by a totem animal. This totem represents the new birth or rite of passage to a new stage of life. An ordeal or trial of strength creates the symbolic mood of death which springs into rebirth through submission and self-mastery. This is a lesson in humility. Arrested development can hold one back from this transition. The delay creates neurosis. A man’s sacrifice is a surrender of his sacred independence: He becomes more consciously related to woman. He overcomes his fear of a sacred marriage (BENXUS) becoming a prison presided over by a powerful, dominating mother figure. He finds a way to not feel undue constraint on the development of his individual nature yet gives up exclusive autonomy and accepts responsibility. Balance is the goal.

The Hero coming to terms with the dragoness’s destructive powers also represents the ego mastering and assimilating the shadow.

3. Target Audience
Unknown strange people.

4. Deliverables
11 ebook covers PNG or JPEG format. Beautiful Darkness style video titles. Horizontal format. Dimensions: 1920 x 1080 pixels.

5. Details on Tone, Message, and Style
The story culture is a mix of ancient Nordic, Arabic nomads, and Australian aboriginal. There are ocean people and desert people. There are scenes with jungle forest and winter mountains. But most of the story is located in the sand dunes of the arid desert.

Each title screen is focused on one character. The character is not shown in the frame. Instead an object or objects that imply the character’s qualities and traits are shown. Metaphors.

7. Typography: Designer’s choice

8. The Titles (characters)


title Anchor

subtitle the medicine girl

authors name Steve & Levi Teare

archetype: Dawn Anima, golden child
descriptive words: island girl, walks and lives by the vast ocean, warm, balmy, trapped, longed for touch of creativity, foreign stranger, fresh, new, faith, servant, victim and savior simultaneously, unblemished, pure, shining, sacrificed, newborn, the heart, stifled, positive female opposite of Lamia, imaginative, tender, surrendering, endangered, lonely, suffering, homeless, sad, frank, unusual, unconventional, caged, quarantined, mysterious, artistic, charming, genuine, betrayed, unmoving, silenced, invisible, longed-for, undiscovered, suppressed, child-like, fragile, rejected, immigrant, Gentle Dreamer, creative, hurt, hidden, bitten, stung.

Anchor, a divine child, became the rightful heir to Shiloh the Golden City and the Throne. She represents man heeding his sensitive nature. A symbol of trusting and expressing fearlessly hidden feelings. She represents a milestone in the mortal journey. She is a liberating pilot who gives meaning to life. She symbolizes learning from subconscious emotional experience. There is an internal part of every man which is wise, young, beautiful, and eccentric.

Even though a young girl, Anchor seems older. Men enjoy talking to her. Her choices and reactions are predictable because they come from inside man himself. Her natural intuition and inbred instincts are the same as man’s sensitive self. She is like exploring a genetic mirror. She is the part sleeping for so long. She represents the sleeper inside. By setting her free, man frees himself. She is a healing re-energizing spark.


title Zingara

subtitle: the desert princess

authors name Steve & Levi Teare

archetype: Dusk Anima
descriptive words: Literally gypsy woman. She is the wise old man’s daughter. She is a desert warrior woman, lusty and sensual, vigorous, strong, sturdy, stout, stirring, arousing, stimulating, sexual, sensuous, pleasing, delightful, loving, erotic.


title Somer Krest

subtitle: SCARAB Military Commander (rebels)

authors name Steve & Levi Teare

archetype: the wise old man
descriptive words: Wisdom and cunning. Military and spiritual leader. Father of two princesses, Anchor and Zingara.


title Lamia

subtitle The Dragoness Queen

authors name Steve & Levi Teare

archetype: the devouring mother

basic synopsis:

Devouring mother, evil, Morgan’s nemesis, paradox, two-faced black widow, a negative anima figure, beautiful, seductive, another negative form of the Anima archetype, devourer, siren, murderer of creativity, vicious, merciless, killer, witch, transforming element, female myth- uses passion to control, deceptive, untrustworthy, snake, venomous, insatiable, destructive.


title Morgan

subtitle The Dragoness Queen

authors name Steve & Levi Teare

archetype: the shadow

basic synopsis:

A man whose dreams have all deserted, not beaten yet, strong, tough, fighter, devious, trapped in circles, longs for revenge, Lamia is his female nemesis, Morgan like her is also a devourer, warrior, macho male cowboy, impatient, lives off others creativity also a parasite but he doesn’t kill the mind, unfeeling robot-like, angry, linear time conscious, feels Lamia – his mother – controls his life, calculating yet impulsive, imprisoned in the gears of life, thief, miserable, cursed, searching for escape, enigma, trickster, The Navigator, Gun Fighter, somber, male myth, destructive, grieving, alone.


title Yew Rue

subtitle desert warrior

authors name Steve & Levi Teare

archetype: the betrayer

basic synopsis:

literally his name means sorrow. He’s seduced by lust for power. He masterminds the assassination of the Wise Old Man while posing as his friend. He then assumes command of the military.

The origin of the name Yew Rue.

Yew- n. the yew shrub, a symbol of sorrow, death, or resurrection. Yew’s poisonous sap related to the Poison Hemlock. It’s wood used for arrow shafts.

Rue- n. sorrow; repentance or regret.


title Driver

subtitle young desert soldier

authors name Steve & Levi Teare

archetype the sacrifice

basic synopsis

Driver is Iyo’s younger brother. He is killed in battle. Lonely. Worship’s his bother.


title Iyo

subtitle SCARAB Forward Scout

authors name Steve & Levi Teare

Archetype reluctant hero

basic synopsis

Iyo is a warrior who falls in love with Arrow. He becomes a Royal Bodyguard under Arrow’s tutelage.


title Arrow

subtitle Royal Bodyguard

authors name Steve & Levi Teare

archetytpe Amazon

basic synopsis

Trained killer, assassin, body guard, loyal, protector, guardian, strong, warrior, female. Falls in love with Iyo.


title Ungula

subtitle The Hideous Damsel

authors name Steve & Levi Teare


archetytpe The Hideous Damsel

basic synopsis

The Hideous Damsel- another manifestation of the Dawn Anima but in a negative form, doubt, despair, gloom, dread, the gate keeper, suffering, dying, ugly, repulsive, lonely, tormented, unsightly, waiting, hoping, lives in a suitcase, kept in captivity all her life, awaits the transformation into Ungula when the Dragoness is slain, frozen potential of creativity and happiness.

Ungula- One of the more familiar archetypes is that of the “divine child” which should not be confused with the so-called inner child, which represents the child personality we sacrificed on the altar of adulthood. The inner child often embodies a playful creative side of self that shows up in dreams as a fully formed child who has already acquired the skills of walking, language, and so on. The divine child archetype, by way of contrast, is an embodiment of the transformational power that propels us along the path of personal growth that Jung called the individuation process. It is also a symbol of our total self, as opposed to the limited sense of self that Jung called the Ego or the limited personality of our childhood.

Ungula when freed is the antithesis of the Hideous Damsel. The Hideous Damsel when freed from captivity is transformed into Ungula. The Hideous Damsel is repressed emotion. Ungula is expressed emotion. Ungula is an anima figure representing freedom of creative expression.

The word ungula is not far distant in sound from the word unglue. Unglue meaning no longer stuck. Stuck meaning abandoned. Ungula means, therefore, no longer abandoned. The Hideous Damsel has been imprisoned, forgotten, and abandoned for a long time. Ungula means no more isolation.


title Phoenix

subtitle escort of the sun

authors name Steve & Levi Teare

archetype mystical god

basic synopsis

The Phoenix has no parents. He/she is eluded to as being asexual but a better label is bisexual, both male and female integrated. The bisexuality of the Phoenix is represents the idea of the true, perfect human being in whom the male and female elements have recovered their original unity. Jewish legend says the Phoenix became virtually immortal refusing the fruit of the Tree Eve offered to all the animals in the Garden of Eden. His death by fire, was a display of the acceptance of martyred Abel’s righteous sacrifice. But the Phoenix immediately rose from the ash alive again.

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