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Natural Disaster

2014 // Adult, Comedy, Drama, Tragedy, Short Film, Collage, Cut Out, Experimental, Stop Motion


Dir: Joseph Wallace

What is the film about?

Mark has just lost his job and his day is about to get a whole lot worse. A domestic tragedy exploring the surreal nature of losing someone you love.

What influenced it?

Aesthetically, the film draws inspiration from the collages of Max Ernst and Jindřich Štyrský and was pieced together almost entirely from French gossip and lifestyle magazines.

A little background information...

The film was made in France, in 2014, at a collective of international filmmakers I co-founded in 2013. It was based on real events that were formed into the story for the film. I wanted to work with actors I knew from my theatre work so I wrote the script to make use of their vocal performances. The film explores the universality of loss through fragmented cut-out animation and treads the knife-edge between comedy and tragedy.

How was the film made?

The film was shot in our old studio just outside Montpellier in the South of France. I had a small rostrum with a glass multiplane. All of the characters and sets were made from National Geographic magazines and French gossip magazines. It’s all done in camera, straightforward stop motion animation with just a dash of After Effects in places for camera moves.

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