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Check out this short film based on Kathe Koja‘s new historical novel Under The Poppy, out next month from Small Beer Press. The story takes place in Brussels during the 1870s and according to press materials, readers can expect “naughty puppets”, “loose women”, and “epic drama”[!!!]
This is easily the most exciting trailer we’ve seen all year. Directed by Diane Cheklich the short film combines shadow puppets by Detroit-based visual artist Al Bogdan, three real-life actors, and music by Joe Stacey in a world made up of beautiful motion graphics.
Check out these behind-the-scenes factoids via Bogdan’s vimeo:
Factoid 1: The puppet stage show had up to four people operating the puppets using rods… and there was a ton of laughing, as you might expect.
Factoid 2: We couldn’t get all the actors to show when shooting the final live scene, so we shot the center female on her own and composited her with the other two actors.
Factoid 3: Joe wrote the music as soon as Kathe described the project, before we’d started making the movie. We liked it so much we fit the movie to the music.
Visit underthepoppy.com for more information about the project.