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Podcast interview with ‘Bone Mother’ directors Sylvie Trouvé & Dale Hayward

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Just in time for Halloween, our spooky eighty-sixth episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast welcomes the directorial duo Dale Hayward and Sylvie Trouvé, whose National Film Board of Canada film Bone Mother has been released online this month for Get Animated 2018!

Produced by Jelena Popović and executive produced by Michael Fukushima for the NFB Animation Studio, the film, whose story is predicated on centuries-old Slavic folklore, takes place in the deep forests of 15th-century Eastern Europe and sees the foolhardy Prince Vladislav attempt to best Baba Yaga – the Bone Mother herself – in an arrogant bid for immortality.

The production of the film makes use of contemporary 3D-printing technologies and thousands of painstakingly hand-painted models to create a deeply unsettling yet tremendously watchable modern-day folk tale interpretation.

(Photo: NFB)

Working together as See Creature Animation, Dale and Sylvie’s combined industry experience includes Mark Osborne’s The Little Prince, Cordell Barker’s If I Was God alongside a range of commercial commissions, with Sylvie having directed the prior NFB short films Orange and Reflection.

Also in this episode we discuss the legacies of two dearly-missed animation stalwarts Roger Mainwood (Ethel & Ernest) and Claymation pioneer Will Vinton, whose work has and will doubtless continue to leave a lasting impression on animation history. We also chat about recent spooky short film highlights from BFI London Film FestivalCardiff Animation Nights and the Encounters Late Lounge, cautious optimism toward The Addams Family‘s animated future and events to pencil in at the upcoming Manchester Animation Festival.

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