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Poppy

Short Film (Full Length) – 2009

PG
Parental Guidance

In Poppy two Kiwi soldiers discover a baby in a muddy WWI trench. For Paddy it will lead to redemption amidst the hell of war. From a David Coyle script — based on his great-grandfather’s war story — Poppy was another successful computer-animation collaboration between producer Paul Swadel and director James Cunningham (Infection, Delf). CGI evokes a bleak Western Front landscape on which the (motion-captured) human drama unfolds. Cunningham spent over 4500 hours making Poppy; the result was acclaim at Siggraph, and invites to Telluride and SXSW festivals.

I think the medium of CGI has a lot more potential beyond just animations for kids and visual effects pyro-technics. When partnered with strong stories and great acting it opens up possibilities in telling stories that might otherwise be too difficult or not possible at all. I would like to push those boundaries.
– Director James Cunningham on why he chose to shoot the story using CGI

Key Cast & Crew

David Coyle

Story, Writer

James Cunningham

Director, CG Supervisor

Paul Swadel

Producer

Brian White

Storyboard and Concept Art

Leslie Chan

Technical Director

Camille Keenan

As: Nun

See all 24 credits

Produced by

Supercollider

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