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
A fairy tale of love, revenge, and extraordinary beauty.
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Aspect Ratio: 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