Christiane Cegavske’s second feature-length stop-motion animated film is in progress!

Driven by starvation in his dry and lifeless meadow, a desperate nest-dwelling creature obsessed by mysterious dreams abandons his mate and egg to find salvation beyond the sea of sand.

Using wire armature puppets, the stop-motion animation is done with a Canon 7D camera and DragonFrame software. Green screen compositing and computer graphic effects are incorporated into the work with Adobe After Effects and Cinema 4D software. Live action elements are also included.

Seed in the Sand opens in the live action world where Cegavske's first feature-film, Blood Tea and Red String, ends. The masked woman appears in a meadow now, burying a large golden gem in the ground. When she departs, small white creatures with long pointy ears and red beaks climb down from their nests to watch the planting spot until one day a sprout emerges.

As they run out of food, and a precious egg is laid, this sprout grows into a large bush with leaves of book pages and a white cloth pod. After dreaming of an island shrine, the father plucks the wondrous pod and goes away with it across the sea of sand in a boat made of a discarded map, abandoning his mate and their egg. On his journey, he meets a trio of antlered, gem- mining island dwellers, who are keen to have the pod for themselves.

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