A stop-frame animation film version of ‘The Hunting of the Snark’ has been accepted for the Marché du Film at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. After the May premiere, the film will then spend the next year on the festival circuit and is the latest ‘cinematic Snark’ of director Saranne Bensusan, produced by From the 3rd Story Productions Ltd., a London based Production company.
Bensusan has worked on 25 film and television projects and incorporated ‘From the 3rd Story Productions Ltd’ with Lawrence Mallinson in 2012 to produce live action and animated films for the festival market, in addition to doing private and corporate work. Saranne is a 2003 graduate of the Royal Holloway University in London, and Lawrence’s previous work has been screened at Cannes, Edinburgh, and Courmayeur.
This particular Snark is done with puppet Animation as opposed to claymation, whereby each puppet and prop is custom made. Their bodies are designed from wire armatures and polyurethane make their bodies, with latex covering the fingers of the armatures thus allowing the puppets to walk and use their fingers. The requisite moustaches and beards are made from cotton and wool over armatures and are manipulated to represent speech.
Bensusan chose ‘The Hunting of the Snark’ because it was one of her favourites from a childhood book, ‘The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll’, a gift from her appropriately named Uncle Lewis.
Andrew Sellon plays the voice of the Judge in ‘The Barrister’s Dream’. The Bellman’s distinctive voice belongs to German actor Joerg Stadler, best known in North America for his portrayal of Steamboat Willie, a German captive soldier in ‘Saving Private Ryan’, and for playing opposite Brad Pitt in ‘Spy Game’.