The harmonious partnership of a Hunter and a scavenger, Ivan reaps the rewards of the forest while
his faithful magpie scouts the area. However, the trees hold more than mere beasts and birds, the
truth lies beneath alluring feathers. Inspired by the grey area between good and evil in Slavic
Folklore, before heroes, before villains, ‘Hunter’ is a grim tale were actions have consequences.
As my graduation film, this will be my directorial debut onto the festival circuit 2017. This is not a
very nice story about not very nice people! For me folktales teach life lessons by showing you the
consequences with a fictional character. Modern day narratives are heavily censored, characters
come back from the brink in order to have a revelation and learn something. The narrative
development centred around a mythical bird-woman hybrid known by many names; Sirin,
Alkonost, Gamayun. She is frequently featured in Slavic folk art however she doesn’t have
any documented folk tales attached to her and her nature is ambiguous. I wanted to keep
this ambiguity in the story, folk tales have magical events that aren’t always logical.
The film is heavily inspired by Russian/Slavic illustrators and traditional soviet paper cut out
animators. The result is a homage to the traditional techniques. I decided to composite the
2D paper sets in a digital 3D environment, using the same elements as traditional animators
with added benefits. Traditional cut out takes a lot of time and money, however I love the style
and it would be such a shame to lose this unique process.
Trailer and more information coming soon!