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The Key

When the residents awake to find the key missing to the Town gate frustration soon sets in.

Only this key is happy to be lost and keen to show some things should not be found.

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The Key

When the residents awake to find the key missing to the Town gate frustration soon sets in.

Only this key is happy to be lost and keen to show some things should not be found.

Mewlab

in collaboration with Watford Live , West Herts College, Watford Museum and the Town of watford

  • Shaun Clark
    Director
  • Kim Noce
    Director
  • Tom Hill
    Writer
  • Paul Mundell
    Key Cast
  • Dylan Cousins
    Key Cast
  • Alex Harwood
    MUSIC
  • David Pringle
    SOUND & MIX
  • Benjamin Gerstein
    EDITING
  • Kim Noce
    ANIMATION
  • Shaun Clark
    ANIMATION
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 17, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Shooting Format:
    Animation
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • MIAF
    Melbourne
    June 20, 2014
    World Premiere
  • Anifest, Athens, Greece
  • 5th Golden Kuker Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Scratch! Film Festival , Lecce, Italy

    Jury Special Mention Scratch! Film Festival , Lecce, Italy
  • International Film Festival of Patmos, Greece
  • Voices from the Waters International Traveling Film Festival , Bangalore, India
  • LIAF, London, UK
Director Biography - Shaun Clark, Kim Noce

We are MEW LAB: the collective talent of Shaun Clark and Kim Noce award winning London based animation director specializing in handcrafted short film production. We both come from filmmaking and art background , we have a BAFTA nominations as Animators and several awards as Directors.

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Director Statement

In the film we wanted to interweave journeys and paths for the characters by using the fog as a blanket to at first hinder the characters and then gently warm them to look inside themselves. At first the Town Gate is closed and because the key is lost the Towns people are trapped. They cannot leave the Town, no work, no repetition. As they look for the key we wanted to show how the fog allows the people to look at normality with a different light. Acquaintances become lovers; Families play the leaves, an old lady dances with no inhibitions in the fog while other people play tennis with their mundane tools (briefcases and handbags).

The fog is a poetic thread and through this we wanted to add further symbols through the Crow being able to see the key as he screams “Key….Key”, the crow is free and an all seeing eye of the Town. While James the main character goes through locations and a journey from his childhood to the Town and then graveyard. Objects from his house are placed in James journey in order to portray a sense of his decaying childhood as his violin appears in many different scenes.

When faced at the end of the film with the gates open no one attempts to leave having found acceptance in themselves they have discovered new games and memories.