Swamp Witch. A project by Erasmus student Billy Huntington
“Swamp Witch” is a film by MOME Anim Erasmus student Billy Huntington. Currently at 3’16’’, this project started as a first semester task, and is now being developed and finished, as Billy has chosen to stay for a second semester in MOME. Billy comes from the Illustration Animation BA at Kingston University, and is originally from Reading, UK.
The film is about a young girl who rips her older sister’s dress, while playing in it. She doesn’t want to deal with the fallout of what she’s done, so she runs away to the swamp and tries to forget about it. The main interest from the director was to approach the theme of the guilt of a child after doing something wrong. A first time at trying a children aimed work, Billy hopes to send it to children themed festivals when all work is done.
“Swamp Witch” is a really endearing film that through the soft pastel colours and the simplicity of the drawings does great at portraying a kind of innocent childhood feeling. The narrative is easy to follow and relate to, but with its vivacity and freshness can keep one hooked. Though the main event would be something sad, the playful humour the director applies keeps us balanced between empathy and a heart warming remembrance of being a child.
All in all, “Swamp Witch” brings a new and unique perspective to MOME Animation department, whose successful previous works allied to the excitements of Budapest brought this new student here.
Written by Natália Andrade