Meet Indie Filmmaker: THE MIRACULOUS TALE OF THE CHILDREN OF DUBOIS

The Miraculous Tale of the Children of Dubois

“The Miraculous Tale of the Children Dubois” is the brainchild of writer/director Cassandra Lee Hamilton from Austin Texas. The film follows Juliette as she is helped to rediscover the magical world of her childhood by her twin brother Nikolia, who mysteriously and unexpectedly re-enters her life.


By Edward Caffrey

Q: What is   your film about?

The Miraculous Tale of the Children Dubois is about a young girl, Juliette, that has lost the magic of her childhood. When her twin brother, Nikolia, returns from the great beyond, he forces Juliette to make a choice between the practicality of normal life and the whimsy and enchantment of one’s imagination.

Q: In your film you use a variety of different techniques, for example stop-motion, and what looks like digital compositing or CGI. Was it a difficult process?

YES! It was difficult! BUT absolutely worth it! I had an incredible time learning all of the different ways to make magic real. I knew that I wanted most of the special effects to be representational but seem real, so stop motion was my first choice. However, not everything can be made out of paper, yarn and clay, so for the other effects I worked with a very talented special effects team in order to design a tangible magical world, so most of the CGI are composited pictures of real things.

The Miraculous Tale of the Children of Dubois

Q: Your film has a very distinctive style. Was this influenced by any other films?

While I was writing the film I was very much influenced by a lot of films from the Czech republic, such as  Daisies by Vera Chytilova and Alice by Jan Svankmajer. However, ever since I was a child I have always know that I wanted to make films like Terry Gilliam.  Adventures of Baron Munchausen,  Time Bandits, and  Brazil constantly inspire me to be courageous and adventurous with my imagination and storytelling.

Q: Your characters live in their own magical world. Do you have your own magical world?

(hahah) Yes, it’s called Austin Texas, but seriously, yes, I would have to say my bedroom would be the most magical world I have built. From bright Christmas lights and map covered walls, to forts, musical instruments and Hawaiian printed curtains, I always try to surround myself with creatively stimulating objects/colors/ideas/etc. Inspiration is random but we are all inspired by our surroundings.


Q: Tell us a bit about the casting process. How did you choose/meet your actors and actresses?

Well, I pretty much wrote each leading role with each actor already in my mind, Alana Morshead was a dear friend I met in film school and Morgan Krantz is one of my oldest friends who had a big hand in helping me develop the story. Jeff Fahey was a great supporter of mine through this project and had agreed to be in it, so when writing the script everything just came together perfectly. Usually when casting I try to use people in my life, friends or colleagues, because I have found when there is an established relationship, there is a freer atmosphere on set. It’s very important to me that my set is safe and comfortable, a place where we can throw around ideas and have some fun whilst capturing the genuine nature of the human condition.

Behind the scenes

Q: Are you working on any new projects?

Currently I have been working on a screenplay, making music videos for local Austin musicians, making stopmotion short films, and what I am most excited about is a children’s story-book that I have been writing that will be turned into a screenplay in the near future.

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