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NFB kicks off production on animated doc “Wall”

The National Film Board of Canada has teamed up with British playwright David Hare and Canadian director Cam Christiansen for Wall, a digitally animated documentary on the Israel/Palestine separation barrier.
December 15, 2011

The National Film Board of Canada has teamed up with British playwright David Hare and Canadian director Cam Christiansen for Wall, a digitally animated documentary on the Israel/Palestine separation barrier.

Production has begun on the feature-length, digitally animated adaptation of David Hare’s play of the same name. Filming took place in London earlier in December in a motion-capture studio, where Hare and actors performed Hare’s documentary script. Director Christiansen is combining motion capture, illustration, photography, live action and handcrafted classic animation techniques in the doc. Production is slated to wrap in 2014.

Wall follows Hare on the ground in Israel and Palestine, offering his personal perspectives on the history and philosophy of the separation barrier dividing Palestine and Israel, which is planned to be more than four times as long as the Berlin Wall and, in some places, twice as high.

The  doc is billed as a “documentary essay” and is produced by David Christensen and Bonnie Thompson. Christensen also serves as the exec producer for the NFB’s North West Centre in Edmonton.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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