A stubborn girl refuses to clean her room. Little does she know that the shadows cast by her clutter are food for the dreaded Shadow Monster who lives in her closet!
Directors Sophie Jarvis and Alicia Eisen teamed up to blend live action and stop motion in this whimsical short. With the help of producers Sara Blake and Geoff Manton of BOLDLY, the shoot was planned and executed in Vancouver, in a built-out studio-warehouse. Subsequent stop motion elements were shot in situ.
Sophie’s work is notable for evocative imagery, high concept visuals, and an absurdist sensibility. Her world building approach focuses on tactile elements: she has a penchant for 16mm film and unique locations. In studio, Sophie has an exacting vision for practical set builds and in-camera effects. Lately, she is immersed in the world of stop motion animation (recent works include commercial projects for Vancity Bank, and the upcoming short film Zeb’s Spider with the National Film Board). In the summer of 2021, Sophie will shoot her live action feature debut, Invasions, with Experimental Forest Films. She currently resides on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories (aka Vancouver), sharing an apartment with her bad cat, Bunny.