After returning from the trip, we were inspired to illustrate what we saw. A challenge in film is conveying how something feels, not how it exists in reality. Research trips can be a blessing and a curse: the blessing in that visiting an actual place surpasses what you can get from video and photos alone, the curse in being too much a slave to the actual place. Imagination and feeling should dictate everything, not reality.
Reminds me of one of my favorite Stanley Kubrick quotes: “Sometimes the truth of a thing is not so much in the think of it, as in the feel of it.”