On July 23, San Diego Comic-Con attendees will be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at Neil Gaiman’s collaborations with filmmakers and artists for the new short film, “The Grave of Saint Oran,” during a special panel focusing on the master storyteller, Neil Gaiman.This panel occurs two weeks prior to Neil Gaiman’s highly anticipated “Sandman” series on Netflix. In addition to Gaiman, the panel will include the following:
- Director Jim Batt, Animator Josh Mahan – The Grave of Saint Oran
- Cat Mihos – Co-Founder and Vice President, The Blank Corporation
- Paul Roman Martinez – Comic Book Artist/Neil Gaiman’s A Calendar of Tales
- David Mack – Artist/Author, Cover Artist/ Neil Gaiman’s American Gods
The film was shot with an older animation technique called ‘multiplane animation’. Paper cutouts rest on layers of glass, and when viewed from the overhead camera these various planes of art combine to create the scene. To keep the tactile magic that happens when real light hits actual paper, the whole film was shot in camera with minimal digital effects.
The original poem In Relig Odhrain was published in Neil Gaiman’s collection of short stories Trigger Warning: Short Fictions & Disturbances in 2015.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Read more about the process of making the film on the studio blog: