What Is The Grave Of Saint Oran?
This short stopmotion animation is a twisted philosophical tale of two saints, a murder, and the dark history behind the chapel on the island of Iona. Narrated by master storyteller Neil Gaiman, it is based on his poem 'In Relig Odhrain', and will be brought to life with beautifully illustrated paper cutouts meticulously hand animated frame by frame. We believe in the tactile magic that happens when real light hits actual paper, so the whole film will be shot in camera with minimal digital interference.
We are running a kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to start full production. Click through to take a look at our pitch video, beautiful rewards, and even more art from the film.
"He will touch you, he will taste you, he will leave his words inside you - god is not what you imagine, nor is hell, and nor is heaven."
- FROM 'IN RELIG ODHRAIN' by NEIL GAIMAN
Updates from the Studio
Follow our progress in the studio as we work on creating the film.
As you all know by now, animation is a painstaking process requiring a lot of careful preparation, and unfortunately this side of preproduction isn’t very exciting. Nor does it make for interesting photos. Unless you like spreadsheets, in which case it’s hot stuff indeed. I’m currently buried deep in google sheets, breaking down the storyboards […]
We had a huge response to the call out in our last update, and now we get to introduce Josh Mahan, who is going to be our lead stop motion animator. He is a ridiculously talented individual, with a wealth of experience on lots of amazing projects, and we’re excited to have him aboard!
Behind every film is a crew of talented people, and this one is no exception. To make this animation, we have pulled together a crack team of incredibly talented individuals from around the world:
- Director Jim Batt
- Writer Neil Gaiman
- Artist Ellen Barkin
- Composer Jherek Bischoff
- Producer Josie Hess
The Grave Of Saint Oran is a short stopmotion animation based on the poem ‘In Relig Odhrain’ by Neil Gaiman. The characters & world will be designed by illustrator Ellen Barkin Söderholm, then these designs will be turned into paper cutout puppets & sets, ready to be animated frame by frame.
It is a strange story, full of brooding atmosphere and metaphysical horror, and we intend to build on that mood…
The poem ‘In Relig Odhrain’ was published in a recent collection of Neil Gaiman’s short stories called ‘Trigger Warning’. It tells the tale of two saints who land on the island of Iona, and attempt to build a chapel there.
But things don’t go smoothly and the ritual murder of one saint by the other begins a chain of events that brings into question everything they believe…
“…he is going to make a glorious, magical, and peculiar, animated film.” – Neil Gaiman