This is the existential story of Madame Tutli-Putli boarding a night train, equipped with all her beloved belongings, heading into a exhilarating journey from day into night. She’s facing both onboard strangers and the ghosts of her past, turning the surrounding world into a scenery of revelation and fear.

Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, aka Clyde Henry Productions, created this suspenseful story in a way you’ve probably not seen before. Not only is the whole film extremely painstakingly crafted, it also includes a new way of placing real human eyes onto individual stop motion puppets. This effect, created by portrait artist Jason Walker for the film, is a first in the field of stop motion and certainly guarantees leaving you with an unique haunting feeling.

Both filmmakers spent years of dedication to write, direct, edit, sculpt, art-direct, and animate this film. And their remarkable result is a stunning, mysterious film leaving the viewer with an unforgettable piece of craft and a plot to think about.

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Simon ScheiberSimon Scheiber is one of our columnists who writes about animation and experimental filmmaking. For years, he has been active as a designer and motion graphic artist. And he is currently working on his first stop-motion short film 'The Lighthouse’.