Private Project

In Praise of Horror

The old sclerotica turtle loses its shell, and immediately becomes a victim of predators, and her friend, a raven, is there to help her. In exchange for a bone, the raven receives a human skull from a magical digger and gives it to a defenseless turtle. The turtle moves into the skull, and her new home makes the forest dwellers feel TERRIFIED. The HORROR becomes a protector of the old turtle. The turtle swims into the sea to reach the magical island.
The animation is based on the story of the same-name by Pyotr Gladilin "Soviet writer" of 1991.

  • Olga Budaeva
  • Pyotr Gladilin
  • Pyotr Gladilin
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Genres:
    naive thriller, horror
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 12, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    46,655 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Language:
    English, French, German, Russian
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Olga Budaeva

My name is Olga Budayeva, I was born and raised in Barnaul city, Altai region. From the early childhood, I loved to draw, and I drew sometimes strange, scary, even pathetic characters. My drawings were always accompanied by stories that I wrote about these very incredible little people. Since my creative nature manifested itself quite early, the question of choosing the path of life was not a painful one. After school, I submitted my documents to the Art College. It was interesting to study, but I was constantly being criticized. My drawings caused bewilderment and questions. Not all the teachers accepted my characters. Soon I was advised to finish the general educational program and to conduct my experiments with art outside the college. Then I got a job as an artist at the Puppet Theatre. The theatrical world fascinated me so much that I decided to study at the department of general stage management to put on plays by myself. My dream came true and soon I opened my own little puppet theater. For almost ten years I have been making dolls, buffoons, staged performances. I always liked to reanimate the not alive and create some kind of magic on stage. Therefore, in one complicated period of my life, when I was out of a job and without a platform (and thus without the possibility to put on plays), I sat in my little workshop, sculpted a man out of plasticine and photographed him on my phone. The process was so fascinating that I wanted him to move his head, then leg and hand. By himself, without the help of a puppeteer! It seems to me that I will remember this day forever. Then there was a month of self-study, I was studying the editing program, learning how to put the light, to write the sound. This is how the magical world of animation was revealed to me! And soon my first cartoon "The Dream" appeared, and six months later "Appraisal to Horror".

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