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.