Dale Hayward & Sylvie Trouvé


11.02.18 - 11.27.18


In November 2018, Liberty Arts hosted a launch party and exhibition for the NFB stop-motion short Bone Mother. The gallery show featured the highly detailed and intricately constructed sets, props and characters used in the film, as well as a screening of the film itself.


A vain and arrogant youth dares to enter Baba Yaga’s living house of bones. What emerges will forever fill our nights with terror.


Bone Mother synopsis: “Who dares to disturb the devil’s grandmother and enter her slumbering house of bones? Who is foolish enough to betray this immortal nature-spirit, whose iron teeth gnash with insatiable hunger? Baba Yaga surely holds the answers you need, but are they the answers you seek? Tread lightly, all those who pass this way, for your ambitious schemes could come back to haunt you…


“In the deep forests of 15th-century Eastern Europe, a vain and arrogant prince sets off on a quest for immortality. But what he finds is an ancient guardian too terrible and powerful to deceive.


“Inspired by centuries-old Slavic folklore, Bone Mother is a dark and ominous tale set in a time when nature was still shrouded in malevolent mystery—back when the legends that haunt our nightmares were born. Blending primal energies with modern 3D-printing technology and thousands of painstakingly hand-painted models, this visually captivating short film brings the enigmatic supernatural being Baba Yaga and the merciless Vlad the Impaler back to spine-tingling life, reweaving their stories into the birth of an unrelenting force that would breed a thousand terrors.”


Dale Hayward is a Montreal-based animator and director with a background in 2D animation.

Sylvie Trouvé is a professional filmmaker and animator who lives in Montreal, Canada.

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