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Bear Hugs

For their daughter's tenth birthday, her well-meaning parents buy her an expensive new teddy bear from the Make-A-Mammal workshop. It's even got one of those special little hearts inside that beats like a real one when you give it a hug. But mum and dad didn't expect young Sally to feel quite so responsible for keeping her cuddly new friend... not dead.

A brand new dark comedy short film from multi award winning comedy troupe Casual Violence, made by their filmmaking partners The Whole Buffalo.

Writer James Hamilton is a regular staff writer on Cartoon Network's The Amazing World of Gumball, and the creator of podcast sitcom Hector Vs The Future. Director / Producer James Roberts has previously worked on blockbuster feature film VFX, including The Dark Knight, Quantum of Solace, and Where The Wild Things Are. He's currently a full time Producer / Director creating content for brands such as Adidas, Lego and Rolls Royce

  • James Roberts
    Director
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3101084/
  • James Hamilton
    Writer
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm8458604/
  • James Roberts
    Producer
  • James Hamilton
    Producer
  • Lucy Farrett
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5987796/
  • Luke Booys
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5080333/
  • Bettie Mae McRae
    Key Cast
  • James Roberts
    Editor
  • James Roberts
    Digital Effects
  • James Roberts
    VFX Supervisor
  • Dino Kazamia
    Cinematographer
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5060786/
  • Dino Kazamia
    Director Of Photography
  • Nina Igbino
    Special Effects
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5173221/
  • Nina Igbino
    Makeup
  • Nina Igbino
    Makeup Effects
  • Dan McRae
    Sound Editor
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1639906/
  • Dan McRae
    Music Editor
  • Dan McRae
    Foley Mixer
  • Dan McRae
    Foley Artist
  • Dan McRae
    Foley Editor
  • Dan McRae
    Sound Recordist
  • Yeison Piedrahita
    Sound Recordist
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6365667/
  • Sam Franklyn
    Camera Operator
  • Sam Franklyn
    Boom Operator
  • Yeison Piedrahita
    Assistant Camera
  • Monika Bereza
    Property Master
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5406323/
  • Monika Bereza
    COSTUMER
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Experimental, narrative fiction, comedy, black comedy, horror, horror comedy, fantasy
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 8, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    other
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No

  • United Kingdom
Director Biography - James Roberts

Founder of thewholebuffalo®, James Roberts is also a Producer / Director creating content for brands such as Adidas, Lego and Rolls Royce, alongside TV commercials, title sequences, promos and short films.

As an editor and VFX artist he draws upon his past experiences contributing to Oscar & BAFTA winning visual effects at Framestore (on films including The Dark Knight, Where The Wild Things Are, Australia, Quantum of Solace and Harry Potter), he is adept working with live-action and CGI, often blending the two extensively.

When he’s not working (hypothetically speaking), James has a keen interest in film, natural history and photography. But even then, he’s probably also doing research for a new project. James graduated from Portsmouth University with a B.A. 1st in Animation.

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Director Statement

I dove into this project with immense enthusiasm for the script, and complete disregard for the age-old advice to never work with children or animals. I cast both, then threw in a temperamental teddy bear rod puppet (which frequently required 5 puppeteers to operate it) for good measure.

Top notch performances from the whole cast were a joy to shoot and edit. Conversely, the aforementioned bear "Dostoevsky" proved to be more of a challenge. I was adamant about using practical effects, yet subtly enhancing them with digital compositing to bring an uncanny, creepy yet darkly funny "how did they do that" quality to the shots. Perhaps through skill, or just dumb luck, all of these elements eventually blended together on screen in the way I'd hoped.