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Russian Stop Motion Short ‘Linden Tar’ Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Stop motion short film inspired by the works of Stephen and Timothy Quay and Jan Švankmajer employs puppets and sets made from found objects.

Coming out of Russia is a lovely stop motion short film inspired by the works of Stephen and Timothy Quay and Jan Švankmajer.

Linden Tar is a gentle yet suspenseful and just-a-bit scary fairy tale not for kids from filmmakers Olga Grechanova, Svetlana Makarova and Alexander Jukov. Set to the song “Halfsleeper,” by Chelsea Wolfe, whose “Feral Love” was used in the trailer for season four of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the story follows a plush puppy who shares a small room in an abandoned puppet theatre with an old petroleum lamp. One day the lamp’s light fades and the puppy sets out to find some fire and light the lamp once again.

Conducting their own investigations into textures, materials and fresh edges of familiar items, the three young artists made all the puppets and sets featured in the movie from materials that have been bought at flea markets, found on road sides or dragged in by a cat. Every small detail has its own history, which the Linden Tar team plans to share with the film’s backers.

For the past six months the filmmaking team has been shooting Linden Tar in their spare time and on weekends, using their kitchen as a production studio. Now, with one scene completed, the trio has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in hopes of securing additional backing in order to complete the remaining four scenes of the project. Rewards for backers include t-shirts, handmade trinkets and personalized art boxes.

If the campaign is successful, the trio plans to release Linden Tar in eight months, just in time for submission to Annecy, but some of the sequences can already be seen on the Linden Tar Kickstarter page. Head on over and check it out.

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.