A 30-minute, all greenscreen, all motion collage, dark fairy tale like nothing you've seen before about a resolute young woman who must rebuild a family torn apart by the magical Swan Witch.



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Cast overview:
Nika Serras ...
Lyndsay Griffin ...
Swan Witch
C. Hawthorne O'Flaherty ...
Joe Allen Price ...
Jim Baudino ...
John Baudino ...
Ruth Martin Caffery ...
Kassidee Davis ...
Young Elise
Kirk Hambly ...
Young Sebastian


A 30-minute, all greenscreen, all motion collage, dark fairy tale like nothing you've seen before. Elise is on a routine deer hunt in the forest with her father and six brothers when she is confronted by a beautiful lady in white, the Swan Witch. Thus begins the undoing of all Elise has known. Her father is tragically killed trying to protect his family from this mysterious woman, who later returns, transforms her brothers into swans and steals them away. She leaves Elise with the knowledge, however, that she is the boys' mother. Utterly alone, Elise decides to take action, buries her father, and sets out on the road. She encounters her friend Sebastian and his father Marion who take her to a medicine woman named Baba. Here Elise learns what she must do to rescue her brothers - either kill the Swan Witch to break the spell or eat from a poisonous apple, which will grant her any wish. Marion agrees to take her to the witch, only to leave Sebastian and Elise on the road soon after, ... Written by dennitzio

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A fairy tale of love, revenge, and extraordinary beauty.


Short | Fantasy



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2005 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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A first of its kind, this was the largest short film, and was fact one of the largest projects, to be created entirely using digital backlot processes. Entirely shot on HD 1080p donated by Panavision in front of a green screen, with backgrounds shot on a 4,000 x 4,000 pixel ultra high definition camera donated by Kodak, the film was built entirely in Adobe After Effects. It employs a unique "motion collage" effect. By deliberately avoiding the use of 3D, the 609 VFX shots were all done by two effects artists in less than nine months, all for a budget of $1M (USD). For comparison, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) was around 1,800 shots for 90 minutes (3x Seven Swans) but cost a reported $100M (USD) and took three years. See more »

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a bold new look at film-making
20 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

although the mythical story of the fated family unfolds at a slower pace than i may have liked, i cannot deny that this is is a bold new look at film-making.

the pitfalls of acting against a green screen and employing puppets can often wither a cast's ability to "be in the same movie," but the cohesiveness of the storytelling in SEVEN SWANS, and the depth of the performances therein, speak of a solid vision on the part of the creative team.

the juxtaposed images lend themselves to the story at hand, and allowed a sense of the director's eye to be present in a new way... a step beyond merely "setting up the shot."

i will look forward eagerly to their next endeavor!

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