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Indigo screens as part of Short Cuts Canada Programme 3, and is a visual treat for audiences. Using hand crafted, stop motion figures, the film tells the tale of a confined woman, who is set free by a grandmother spider. Toronto Film Scene had a chance to speak with director Amanda Strong about the film, and how Native mythology inspired the short.

Describe your film in 10 words or less.

Hand-crafted puppets reveal a woman’s journey to restore her spirit.

What inspired you to make this film?

The concept is something I had been working on for many years. I have always been intrigued by the implications of the decline of the imagination with age concurrent with the rise of rationality and the cyclical war these two archetypes engage in. I was also inspired by Indigenous principles of the medicine wheel, stories of grandmother spider mixed with my own experience. These ideas and teachings are reflected in Indigo’s journey to reawaken her spirit. Stop-motion animation seemed like a perfect fit to explore.

What was the best thing about production? Most frustrating?

The best thing about production was watching the sets and dolls emerge from the story and concept sketches. Directing allows for unveiling and watching each piece of the production make the whole. It was amazing to see the dolls and worlds animated, followed by the sound design and post treatment and watch the visual and sound work together.The most frustrating part dealing with the unforeseen technical issues that constantly arise when taking on a project of this nature.

What’s the one thing you want people to know about your film?

I believe there are multiple interpretations to this story other than the one that I put forward. If the audience can feel something in their own imagination then I feel I like we have done our job as storytellers.

You work as an illustrator, photographer, and filmmaker. Do you find any one aspect helped more than the others during the creation of this short?

Inevitably each discipline helped with this animation and other works I have made. My background in photography and filmmaking helped me most with the composition sense and how the edit came about. Much credit and praise is due to the talented and multi-faceted team involved in all the stages of creating this film.

Your film is screening as part of TIFF — what are you most excited about seeing or doing at this year’s festival?

I am most excited to share this experience with all of the people who helped push this project through to completion: my friends, family, collaborators and comrades. It will also be great to venture out and see other short films and features in the festival.

Indigo screens as part of Short Cuts Canada Programme 3 at TIFF 2014. Check their website for more information.