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Beware of Trains in the news

Beware of Trains is doing well and got great press reviews from being shown in Annecy, here are a few:

two versions of the woman sit in a large therapy room.
In the psychotherapy room

Variety

“Annecy’s official short film competition is one of the festival’s centerpieces. Many years, at least one ends up snagging an Oscar nomination. Every year, Variety watches the shorts in Annecy’s main competition selection and picks 10 of our favorites.

If the word “dreamlike” might be the single most overused adjective in all animation, in this case circumstances force our hand. For there is no better way to describe Emma Calder’s mixed-media tour through the subconscious than to call it a particularly masterful nightmare. Mixing sex, violence, memory, and guilt as it explores the various obsessions supercharging a poor woman’s anxieties, “Beware of Train” fuses diverse textures and visual styles, jumbling theme and image together in a propulsive montage. BC

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Put on Your Shorts: Annecy 2022

“AWN’s Animation Pimp and Ottawa Animation Festival artistic director Chris Robinson takes a look at seven intriguing short films competing at this year’s Annecy International Animation Festival, which runs June 13-18.

Emma Calder (The Queen’s Monastery) returns with this brilliant, timely, and unsettling take on the mental health of a woman suffering from anxiety, obsession, and some general personality disorders.

During a therapy session, the woman recounts her main obsessions: a dying father, a chance meeting with a stranger on a train, her daughter’s well-being, and a murder she dreams she committed. Her preoccupations are so strong that they are seeping into her reality to the point where she’s losing sight of what’s real and what’s imagined.

Calder beautifully mirrors the woman’s fragmented inner state through a magnificent blend of collage, cut-out, objects, and live-action. This freewheeling mix of techniques creates an unbalanced viewing experience, injecting us into the woman’s confused state of being.

Calder has crafted not just a bold and empathetic take on an individual’s torment, but also an apt reflection of a society struggling to keep it together in the face of overwhelming anxiety, uncertainty, and paranoia.”

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Animation for adults

https://animacionparaadultos.es/2022-beware-of-trains

Links to some Social Media:

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10226593150030378&set=a.4028449545041

https://www.facebook.com/emma.calder.16/videos/559716065650827

Beware of Trains

Beware of Trains poster
Beware of Trains poster

‘Beware of Trains’. Dark, thrilling and funny. Full Press Release.

Pearly Oyster Productions, is happy to announce the completion of Emma Calder’s latest animated film Beware of Trains, funded by the British Film Institute’s Film Fund. 

“One-night I dreamt that I had murdered someone, and I couldn’t get it out of my head. The next day I wrote a stream of conscious story triggered by this nightmare.” Emma Calder.

A woman with extreme anxiety is devoured by four major preoccupations – the man she met by chance on a train, her dying father, her daughter’s safety and the murder she dreams she has committed.

Award winning animation director Emma Calder takes you on an emotional rollercoaster through a world vision collaged from traditional pencil drawings to complex colourful digital manipulation of models and photographs.