This year has been full of new endeavor and exciting challenges. “The Wound and the Gift” is one of the hardest yet most rewarding projects among all. This is my first time getting involved in a movie production. From making key-frame storyboards to thinking in a four dimensional way, from creating animatable illustrations to working with the team as an animation art director, there were much to be learnt on the job.
“The Wound and the Gift” is a documentary which explores the relationship between animals and humans. An animated ancient fable about a wounded crane weaves together real life stories footages of rescued animals and their caretakers. When directorLinda Hoaglund emailed me about the project almost two years ago, I got very excited immediately as animals and animation are two of my absolutely favorites things.
It was clear that the project would be a very special one, as it’s pushing the boundaries of documentaries and exploring uncharted territories in film making. But it was also clear that the challenges would be just as great. Many great conversations were had on how the animation could be seamlessly tied into the life footages. Many late night oil was burnt to figure out the perfect metaphors and imageries. Many happy dances were done when Venessa Redgrave agreed to be our narrator…
2 year fast forward, “The Wound and the Gift” has just returned in glory from the Vancouver International Film Festival world premier. We’re thrilled that our New York Premiere will take place at theDOC NYCViewfinder film competition on Saturday, November 15th at 4:45PM at the SVA Theatre. Tickets are available now! There will be a Q&A with the director and myself afterward.
Tickets available online now, tell your friends! Looking forward to seeing you at the screening.
Do you think fame has a way of corrupting artistic expression? [x]
T: There’s a wonderful poem about fame by an English poet called
Charlotte Mew in the 20’s, and she says: If I went back and it was not there?
Back to the old known things that are the new,
The folded glory of the gorse, the sweetbriar air,
To the larks that cannot praise us, knowing nothing of what we do,
And the divine, wise trees that do not care.
Benedict Cumberbatch & Eddie Redmayne having a moment together at Tiff 2014 - (x)
‘In one of the sweetest moments of the morning, the two greeted each other with big (very manly, we assure you) hugs, Redmayne actually bounding across the room when he saw his fellow Brit was in the house. While Benedict sipped on a Fiji water, the two then proceeded to have a proper chinwag, joined by Redmayne’s fiance.’