The film will explore the relationship between the body, mind and memory by using the creative potential of puppetry and mixed-media animation to allow new audiences to access ideas about shell shock and the changes in treatment for PTSD.. It is inspired by the story of Jack, my Grandfather, who served in the Royal Engineers Signalling Service in France during the First World War, who suffered and survived physical and psychological wounds.
A small selection of archive images on left, development of puppet and 'mud' animation technique below including Vimeo links to animation and audio clips.
Downloadable PDFs relating to the film's development
Still of 'Jack' puppet in wire shadow landscape
Mud Explosion Animation Clip >>
Matchstick metaphor animation tests >>
Image from workshop on representing shell shock at Rothermere American Institute
Audio Clip of Dr Sue Palmer aged 94 describing a diagnosis of PTSD in 1952 >>