ETERNAL HUNTING GROUNDS
is an animated short film made at Nukufilm and directed by Elin Grimstad.
The film was shot on a multiglas animation table using cut-out and replacement techniques.
The puppets and props are placed horizontally on the glass. A camera is suspended over the table,
aimed down at work. The multiplane gives unique possibilities to work with elements that has relief and texture, and to play with real shadows and light.
Eternal Hunting Grounds is a Norwegian/Estonian co-production, funded by the Norwegian Film Institute, and the Estonian Film Foundation.
It´s has been an incredible process, full of details, challenges and tricks.
Here you get an insight into how it was made!
Evige Jaktmarker/ Igavesed Jahimaad / Eternal Hunting Grounds
Two children play on an island, in an open coastal landscape. The beauty of nature lies in their eyes, from the smallest spider to the biggest mountains. Everything is of equal importance to them.They have a game they love to play: to search under stones, on the beach, in the mud, and in the fields. They look for dead animals. Once they collect enough animals, they bring them to a self-made graveyard. Here, the children bury the animals, decorate the graves, sing songs and recite poems. The dead animals come alive again – they rise in the “Eternal hunting grounds.” The hunter also lives on the island. He has killed the animals that the children find. The hunter kills because he is hungry, or just because he likes to do it. He sometimes lets his victims lie to decay in open air. The children collect them and turn the hunter’s cruel actions into something good. One day the hunter shoots a heron. This bird is bigger and more beautiful than any other animal the children have found.
Technique: Stop-motion animation, replacement cut-out on multilayer table
Year of production: 2014/2015
Original format: HD Digital
Genre: Author film
Target audience: Family film