Concept by Brenda van Vugt. Full challenge thread with WIP in the link.
Working on this project was difficult but I'm happy to have done it and am pleased with how it turned out.
My final renders in the challenge were different because I ran myself right out of time to render. Now that the challenge is finished, I went ahead and re-rendered for a better set of images. I also added some bits of compositing that weren't allowed in the challenge, since why not at this point.