When Taffy Thomas and Peter Lord approached me with the idea to make a short animation based on one of Taffy’s tales, my response was pure delight at the idea of working with two great creatives whilst adapting a traditional story. I've always had a soft spot for folk tales, and coming from Central Europe almost makes it a duty for a filmmaker to work on one.
A year later, ‘The Hunchback and the Swan’ is ready, and this presentation will focus on the joys and challenges that a filmmaker can face when creating an animated adaptation of a folk tale. From choosing the right text and having a reason for making it an animation, through embracing genre rules and letting them shine through the narrative, to understanding how to make the adaptation constructive — the process involves plenty of tests in perseverance and perception. It is, however, a truly rewarding endeavour.