Watch Marieka speak about the process
of making a sand animation film
Master of Media Arts and Production graduate, Marieka Walsh, will jet off to Texas in March to support her sand animation short film, The Hunter, which has been selected into South by South West (SXSW), a prestigious festival and conference for film,music and interactive projects.
The film is one of 17 short animations selected from around the world to screen in competition, with the winner eligible for an AcademyAward. This will be the film’s international premiere.
The seven-minute short film, took Marieka two years tocomplete, juggling study and work while intricately animating the sand into a complex story.
Marieka says: “There were a few frustrating moments. Once I was two-thirds of the way through a difficult shot. I had been working on it for three days. I stood up to adjust some settings and placed my paintbrushbehind my ear. When I leaned back over the glass the paintbrush fell into the picture and I had to start it again from scratch.”
The Hunter, a stop motion sand animation made for her Masters, follows a lone hunter as he undertakes a search for a missing boy deep in the icy mountains. On the journey, he is forced to makedecisions that will forever change his relationship with the wilderness he has always feared. It is a story about staring into the dark territory of the soul and not turning away.