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Canyons in Clay



United States, 2006, mini digital - Color - 5.5 minutes

DIRECTED BY:
Denali Wilson

CAST:
clay animation only

SCREENPLAY:
Denali Wilson

PRODUCER:
Denali Wilson

WORLD SALES:
none

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Denali Wilson’s newest claymation film based on Gary Paulsen’s book, Canyons, is a beautifully done short film depicting Paulsen’s story of a boy, Brennan, who discovers a skull while hiking in the canyons of the New Mexico desert. He brings the skull home and it begins to affect him. Brennan learns that the skull belonged to a Native American boy shot in the forehead around 1960. Brennan undertakes a quest to free the Native American’s spirit by returning the skull to the medicine place where the spirit and skull can be set free. With Denali’s richly painted backdrops, clever sound effects and set designs, this film is full of suspense and a creative use of claymation animation techniques.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Denali Wilson began making films when she was two and a half years old with a production of Goldilocks and the three bears. She creates films for the pure pleasure and enjoyment of it. She recently turned thirteen and is in the gifted program at Vista Middle School and is in 7th grade.

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