In short film Poppy, two Kiwi soldiers discover a baby in a muddy WWI trench. For Paddy, it will lead to redemption amidst the hell of war. Based on a David Coyle script — and inspired by real life events experienced by his great-grandfather — Poppy marked another computer-animated collaboration between director James Cunningham (Infection, Delf) and producer Paul Swadel. They use CGI to evoke a bleak Western Front landscape, on which the (motion-captured) human drama unfolds. Cunningham spent over 4500 hours making the film. The result was acclaim at computer graphics conference Siggraph, and invites to North America's Telluride and South by Southwest festivals.
I think the medium of CGI has a lot more potential beyond just animations for kids and visual effects pyrotechnics. 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.– Director James Cunningham on why he chose to make Poppy using CGI
Made in association with the Short Film Fund of the NZ Film Commission