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Dir: Cam Christiansen
2017 | PG | Animated Documentary | English | 82’
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WALL is a feature-length animated film written by and starring playwright and two-time Academy Award® nominee for screenwriting (The Hours, The Reader) David Hare, whom The Washington Postreferred to as “the premiere political dramatist writing in English.” Hare’s body of work spans 35 years and deftly explores socio-political issues at home and abroad. The 80-minute film follows Hare on a trip to the Middle East to examine the impact the wall separating Israel and Palestine has had on the people of the region.
Preeminent UK playwright and screenwriter David Hare—whom The Washington Post referred to as “the premiere political dramatist writing in English”—writes and stars in this innovative animated feature that explores the reality of the wall separating Israel and Palestine as no film has before. Rich with rhythmic, raw imagery, the film is framed by Hare’s journey, as both his heart and mind are shaken by the incongruities and contradictions of life in the shadow of the wall.
About the Director:
Cam Christiansen loves tinkering with new technology. Over the 15 years spent building a successful commercial career in Calgary, Alberta, Christiansen experimented with interactive projects, motion-design work and video editing, always looking for better, faster, cooler ways to tell his stories, such as the stylized use of video combined with computer models.
“I really like the visual medium and exploring new territory,” says Christiansen. “You can create different worlds where the only limit is your imagination.”
Since completing The Real Place, his first short film for the National Film Board, Christiansen’s innovative digital work has evolved to award-winning levels. His latest project, WALL, a feature-length animated documentary about the separation barrier between Israel and Palestine, inspired him to develop advanced animation techniques to depict the Middle East through a unique lens.
For this project, authenticity was key. During trips to the Middle East, Christiansen shot references for every character in the film, along with photos of the locations, before building computer models of everything. Christiansen envisioned delivering a distinctive, handcrafted texture that married that reference material with 3D motion-capture footage shot at London’s famed Pinewood Studios.
“My idea for WALL was to merge 2D animation into a 3D world of motion-capture and live-action, and I was excited about how it expanded possibilities,” explains Christiansen.