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In The Tall Grass

2014 // Adult, Horror, Short Film, Student Film, CGI


Dir: Alexii Muftoll

What is the film about?

Joseph is mentally deviated. He is a prisoner of his own flat and always in permanent war with his own mind.
In reality, where desires, memories and nightmares is mixed together, there’s no escape for the tortured soul.
He either win this battle or will be condemned forever.

What influenced it?

Main influences were: David Lynch and Roman Polanski films, bizzare painting by Guy Denning, Jean Rustin and Zdzislaw Beksinski. And also, horror video games.

A little background information...

In The Tall Grass is animation short film, with typically unusual theme for this medium, it’s a psychological thriller, driven by mostly one character and his emotions.
Our western tradition see animation movies mostly as an entertainment, we think, however, that animation movies, should be considered as serious as live action movies. It can be difficult, philosophic, frightening, to same degree as other type of moving pictures, the only difference between two is the visual aesthetic.
In our short film, we tried to cover serious problems that bother us, and represent them in a different way.

It doesn’t always need to be something supernatural, something out of the our world, to show the evil. In fact, the evil can be just behind next door,and behind this door there’s can be whole another world of itself. But is there such thing as evil at all ? What if the evil itself is suffering, agonizing in pain and it’s own world is frights him even more than someone else ? Those the main questions we wanted to bring out by making this little short movie.

How was the film made?

In The Tall Grass was made as our graduate project at Bezalel, Academy of arts and Design in Jerusalem. It took about 9 months to accomplish the film from the very beginning. It’s entirely 3D animation with hand painted textures.
Little “making of” can be seen here:!ittgmakingof/cpp8

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