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.

engineering & auspices

engineering & auspices

Posted on Jan 16, 2017

Hope you all had a happy new year! It’s been a while between updates, something that we’re looking to change in twentyseventeen, but rest assured we’ve been busy in these last few months.

new animator & other news!

new animator & other news!

Posted on Oct 10, 2016

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!

hiring additional animators

hiring additional animators

Posted on Aug 5, 2016

Using the extra funds from the kickstarter, we are looking to hire two additional animators to work on the film. If you’re keen and have the skills for the job, or know someone who does, get in touch!


THE PEOPLE

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:

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THE PROJECT

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…

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THE POEM

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…

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“…he is going to make a glorious, magical, and peculiar, animated film.” – Neil Gaiman

 

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