Private Project


The exploration of the Hamlet myth through the lens of Ophelia,
whose drowning in Shakespeare's classic tragedy is the inspiration for this animation project in which water is the vehicle for transitioning, in death as in birth.
Ophelia is the perfect container for the metaphor of water as she embodies the element perfectly in her fluidity, intangibility and insubstantiality. In Gertrude’s words she is, ” like a creature native and indued unto that element”.”

  • Elizabeth Russell
  • Elizabeth Russell
  • Elizabeth Russell
  • Jessica Boone
    Vocalist for music score
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Drama, stop-animation
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    35 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Czech Republic
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital still camera
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • PSC400-Hamlet-Experimental Film Art Installation for Prague Shakespeare Company
    Prague, Czech Republic
    February 22, 2016
Director Biography - Elizabeth Russell

Elizabeth Russell is an American visual artist originally from Birmingham, Alabama and currently living in Prague. Her exhibitions in the U.S. and Prague have included video installations, photography, painting, collage, performance and more recently, stop-animation which have all been informed by her training as a painter. Her work has been shown in private galleries and public museums and is included in many private collections as well as the Krannert museum permanent collection in Champaign, Illinois.

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Director Statement

My approach, in every medium, is an attempt to make sense of my own inner chaos as well as that which I see in the world around me and finally to transform that chaos into poetry.