SHORT FILM: The Mountain of SGaana [2017]

Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com


The Mountain of SGaana starts with a fisherman buried in his phone, until he sees the ‘mouse woman’, a character from Haida mythology, who begins to knit a spiritual universe that the skipper is far from ready for. Once we plunge into the spiritual universe, a couple are stranded on a beach. A man runs into the water with his spear to catch some food, only to be plunged into a incredibly imaginative underwater universe filled with shape-shifting killer whales and many other strange creatures. His partner plunges into the water to find him, facing her own hurdles.

614863759_1280x720.jpg

Rendered in a style influenced by Haida art and culture, the animation in The Mountain of SGaana is certainly unique; an effective technique used throughout the film to separate the real world from the spirit world is a change in animation style. Another interesting and effective technique is the way the screen is often split into different sections, each representing a different point of view of the situation. These sections are separated by more traditional Haida art, lending the film an ethereal, dreamlike quality.

SGaana_featured-590x267


At is core, this is a tale about loss and retrieval. The film turns this simple tale into a fantastically animated surreal experience that dives into another world, many worlds, while occasionally and seamlessly transitioning to the skipper on the boat, connecting the spirit world to the real. An incredibly inventive and creative experience, let’s hope that director Christopher Auchter moves forward onto bigger projects, as this film looks amazing and possesses the quality of being able to be watched many times.

One short of a sixer, amazing independent animated film.

5/6

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

500 CRAPPY WORDS A DAY!

imperfection is perfection

ZeroTolerance to Negative Vibes

Barber life, struggle, life

Abidings

Life Memories Inspired

The No Spoiler Critic

Reviews, predictions & rants from the mind of Jason Singer with no plot points given away...ever.

The Cinematic Explorer

The good, the bad and the ugly; an uncensored look at the latest films hitting the big screen.

Tubularsock

". . . first hand coverage, second hand news"

Rhyme and Reason

Poetry Meets Film Reviews

movies and songs 365

My thoughts on films, music, books, travel. Plus other random stuff

No Nonsense with Nuwan Sen

Art Cinema & Literature site NS

MovieBabble

The Casual Way to Discuss Movies

Apparently I'm Bipolar

And I thought I just had a crazy personality!

Ranjith's shortreads

Wanderers in the world

Alif Satria

Humanity, Positive, Gratitude

Luke Atkins - Film and Music Critic

Films, Music, TV, Graphics, Etc.

Alina Happy Hansen

Writer in Salt Lake City, Utah

%d bloggers like this: