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.


Tags: , , ,
  • Lou Kief

4 Responses to “[Trailer] ‘Under The Poppy’”

  1. […] Lambda Literary says it: “This is easily the most exciting trailer we’ve seen all year,&#822… and aren’t we happy to hear it? Thank you, LL, and thanks once again to our visionary and talented team: Diane Cheklich, Al Bogdan, Aaron Mustamaa, Joe Stacey, actors Madison, Jon, and Julanne, and puppet wranglers Fred and Randy … oh, and the naughty puppets too, of course.  We’re nothing without them. This entry was posted on Thursday, September 9th, 2010 at 3:57 pm and is filed under Performance, Puppet art. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. […]


  2. Kathe Koja 10 September 2010 at 4:50 PM #

    The opening and closing flower animation sequences are the work of the very talented Aaron Mustamaa, a Brooklyn-based artist and motion designer.


  3. […] [Trailer] ‘Under The Poppy’ […]


  4. […] THE POPPY by Kathe Koja Small Beer Press Trailer Do you enjoy LambdaLiterary.org?Subscribe to our RSS feeds for posts and comments . You'll never […]



Leave a Reply

Please fill the required box or you can’t comment at all. Please use kind words. Your e-mail address will not be published.

Gravatar is supported.

You can use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>