Director Biography – Claire Campbell (WINTER’S BLIGHT)

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Claire works as a freelance editor and animator ‘I enjoy all the small details in the film making process, bringing it all together & being able to create a cohesive & beautiful final film’. Claire was Awarded a Silver at the Best Design Awards for her animation ‘Len’. Claire has also worked in creating animated content for large live shows and promotional films where she mixes stop motion with motion graphics to great effect. Claire lives in Dunedin, New Zealand where she enjoys the dynamic city and beautiful coastline.

Director Statement

Winter’s Blight is a story about isolation, but also about how everything is connected. Through these connections, themes of compassion, loss and sacrifice are revealed. The old man and the pine cone’s lives are entwined, showing how we are all intrinsically linked to our surroundings and are all part of a bigger whole throughout our lives.

I wanted the film to be rich in detail. I wanted it to feel believable, for the viewers to feel that this is a real world, and that a lifetime was lived on this little piece of land and inside this old hut. This is a place that has been kept apart from the outside world, frozen in time, grim, cold and threadbare.

What draws me to stop-motion animation is the ability it gives you to fill your shots with textures and fine details, building a world that can be both stylised and feel as real as a live action film. With stop-motion, everything within the frame has to be handmade, allowing it to have its own style which adds a richness and cohesion to the overall feel of the design. The characters and sets have a grounding in reality because they exist as real three-dimensional objects but with a slightly surreal quality to them, and they are then brought to life when animated. Claire Campbell – Director