Silsoe Mouse and their Little Red
Monday, September 17, 2012
Little Red is the debut animated short film from directing duo
Silsoe Mouse of Upstart Films. They joined forces with The
Mill's Henry Foreman and Bob Wolf for the animation, then Aubrey
Woodiwiss for the grade, to create this visually striking
Before Little Red hits the festivals, I caught up with Silsoe
Mouse who revealed the thought, skill and challenges that went into
The full-length film will premier on our Vimeo
Channel on Friday, so be sure to head over and be one of the
first people to view and more importantly, share, this fairytale
Tell us about Little Red…
Little Red is our first full animation project. It is based on the
classic Little Red Riding Hood tale and is not that different from
the original story. Let's just say that nowadays, the wolves are a
little bit more organized than they used to be.
How did the team come together?
We shot the plates of the forest first and added basic silhouettes
in after effects so that we had the frame compositions and mood
ready. We approached The Mill with a rough assembly of the film and
they liked it enough to get involved. The Mill enhanced the
animation and added their own magic and took the overall look to
the next level.
How did you approach the project?
Regarding both the animation and the storytelling, we wanted to be
as efficient and minimal as possible. Classic fairy tales like this
play on the imagination - if you tell the story to a child you tend
to work with the basic framework and embellish the details
yourself. We felt that silhouettes are minimal enough to allow this
space for the audience to get involved and so were the perfect way
of re-telling this classic story.
What inspired the film?
We had shot the back plates for the forest for another project but
they didn't really work for the feel of that piece. We loved the
look so much that we didn't want those shots to go to waste and so
were looking for a story set in a forest which could work with
simple animation. The rest came about very organically from
Talk us through the skills and technology used to create
this visually stunning animation style?
We built the forest using a glue gun and lots of twigs! It wasn't
very big so we used macro lenses to increase the scale and the very
narrow depth of field these lenses can give served to enhance the
characters' movement within the frame. The rest was computer
Fairytale's have been a real trend across cinema (Snow
White and The Huntsman, Mirror Mirror), & television (Grimm,
Once Upon a Time) this year. How difficult is it to bring a unique
slant to such a beloved story?
It's not just fairy tales that present this problem. Genre is so
strong in cinema and there is so much content out there that you
are always trying to 'put a spin' on any story you tell. Because we
were doing this film for ourselves initially we didn't have to
spell out exactly where we were going with it but could trust the
process to bring us to a place that was more interesting.
What are the next steps for the film?
The film has been entered in several film festivals. We are
looking at opportunities to exhibit the film to generate awareness
for Silsoe Mouse and all the production team. We know that most
people will probably see it on a computer screen but hope that we
will get a chance to show it on a cinema screen where the size of
the picture and surround sound make it so much more immersive.
Head over to Vimeo on Friday where the film launches, but for
now here's a first look at the trailer...