About Seed in the Sand

Driven by starvation in his dry and lifeless meadow, a desperate nest-dwelling creature obsessed by mysterious dreams abandons his mate and egg to find salvation beyond the sea of sand.

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SEED IN THE SAND is the second film in Christiane Cegavske’s stop motion animated trilogy, which began with BLOOD TEA AND RED STRING.

Using wire armature puppets, the stop-motion animation is done with a Canon 7D camera and DragonFrame software. Green screen compositing and computer graphic effects are incorporated into the work with Adobe After Effects and Cinema 4D software. Live action elements are also included.

Seed in the Sand opens where Blood Tea and Red String ends, in the live action world inhabited by a masked woman. She appears in a meadow now, burying a large golden gem in the ground. When she departs, small white creatures with long pointy ears and red beaks climb down from their nests to watch the planting spot until one day a sprout emerges.

As they run out of food, and a precious egg is laid, this sprout grows into a large bush with leaves of book pages and a white cloth pod. After dreaming of an island shrine, the father plucks the wondrous pod and goes away with it across the sea of sand in a boat made of a discarded map, abandoning his mate and their egg. On his journey, he meets a trio of antlered, gem-mining island dwellers, who are keen to have the pod for themselves.

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3 thoughts on “About Seed in the Sand

  1. megan May 9, 2013 at 1:24 pm Reply

    you are incredible

  2. Charles De La Mare June 5, 2014 at 9:04 am Reply

    How did you create this forest set? what materials did you use?

  3. Christiane October 16, 2015 at 7:56 am Reply

    The trees have a foundation of plywood, wrapped in wire mesh. I wrapped that in cloth strips that were dipped in plaster. I spread more plaster on the trees and carved it down after it set.

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