We’ve always said limitations are essential for creativity, and are very often the genesis for some of the very best ideas we have as filmmakers.
However, in the current situation of a national lockdown, with its ultra-strict limitations on human interaction, making a film, even a short one, would seem to be an impossible task.
But it was perhaps because of this seemingly impossible set of limitations that we felt the creative urge to make one.
We decided on a short film that would be connected to the feature project we currently have in development, Fleur, which tells the story of a rescue dog. So, it had to be dog themed.
We’ve always been fascinated by how humans and dogs became the best of friends, so it didn’t take us long to decide on what the film would be about…
OF WOLVES AND MEN tells the story of an imaginary first encounter between humans and wolves and how this meeting would change both species forever.
Watch the trailer below:
To make the film we mixed specially created CG animated sequences and illustrations with stock footage and outtakes from two previous films we had shot, All That Remains and Evolution.
Designing the CGI characters that will be incorporated into live action elements.
A digital Matte shot, blending photographic elements with CGI.
Actor Leo Ashizawa in make-up to play a prehistoric man for our short film Evolution.
We were very excited to cast Peter Egan as the narrator of the film (thanks to our amazing producer Nigel Martin Davey). As well as being a respected actor and very well known face on TV (staring in shows such as Downtown Abbey and After Life), Peter is a passionate animal rights activist, so we felt he was the perfect choice from the moment we started penning the script.
We are also very pleased to be able to use the film to raise awareness and support the great work done by Birmingham Dogs Home. Please do check out their website and consider lending your support.
Below are some stills from the film:
Of Wolves and Men
Of Wolves and Men
A huge thank you to Tony Ellis, Sally Humphreys Wood and Andrew Whelan and Rachel Frost of Birmingham Dog’s Home, and of course, special thank you to Peter Egan, Leo Ashizawa and Kanae and Anna Kimura for helping make the film possible!
Watch this space for news on when OF WOLVES AND MEN will be released.