When pressures mount on a tightly wound violinist in a London youth orchestra, internal monsters take external forms in Renee Zhan’s wildly creative combination of horror comedy and teenage psychodrama.

This imaginative tale required blending together live action footage and stop motion animation and we were proud to join the wonderful crew of SHÉ and help with VFX. The film premiered at ’23 Toronto International Film Festival and is now scheduled to take part in the short film competition at Sundance Film Festival ’24.

written and directed by
Renee Zhan

produced by
Jesse Romain

cinematography by
Adam Singodia

music composed by
Harry Brokensha

edited by
Armiliah Aripin

sound design by
Ed Trousseau

production design by
Qingling Zhang

BBC executive producer
Claudia Yusef

NFTS executive producers
Venetia Hawkes, Jon Wardle

casting by
Isabella Odoffin

production manager
Sam Zohdi

production coordinator
Jen Smith

script supervision by
Eliza Safjan

first assistant director
Alex Mill

third assistant director
Lea Rosa Holtfreter

production assisted by
Adam Green and Manuel Barrera

costume design by
Gabrielle Edmunds

costume assisted by
Amber Morris

Adrian Gordon

still photographer
Luke Ross

Milo Gray

2nd unit first assistant director
Irene Maffei

2nd unit cinematographer
Martyna Jakimowska

2nd unit focus puller
Niels Halle

2nd unit loader
Rory Thomas

2nd unit gaffer
Jakub Paczos

2nd unit spark
Gabriele Mango

set decorator
Antigone Kots

bone instruments by
Robert Hazeldine

art assistants
Rhea Moore, Habib Najib, Valeriia Kunina, Robert Streader

sound recorded by
Harry King

boom operated by
Emily Compton

foley art by
Ross Wilkes-Houghton 

camera operated by
Laura Aguilera

camera assisted by
Oliver Pearson

lit by
Marina Lewin

sparked by
Alessandra Bellini, Santiago Toranzo Gento, Marcus Kartal, Tom Thain

Benjamin Chaude-Woodman

gripped by
Dan Huntley and Jack Robson

hair and make up designer
Julia Strange 

hair and make up artist
Dara Hannon

hair and make up assistants
Jess Darke, David Hauret

animation produced by

Executive Producer
Bart Yates

Head of Production
Alex Halley

Animation Producer
Thijme Grol

stop motion cinematography by
Martyna Jakimowska

animated by
David McShane, Honor Price, Mai Vu, Renee Zhan

puppet rigging by
Robin Jackson

puppets maintainted by
Ellen Beaufoy and Mara Frampton

puppet builds by
Helen Ferguson

lead set build and model maker
Olga Lloyd

set builder and model maker
Olivier Arnell Argles

animation production assistant
Henry Kent

storyboards by
Mysie Pereira

VFX supervised by
Szymon Wyrzykowski

lead VFX artist
Lee Watson

VFX artists
Szymon Wyrzykowski, Drigend Singh and Gavin Chin

rig removal by
Rotoout and Steve Lawson

picture post production
Digital Orchard

post producer
Noémie TJ Phillipson

colour by
Jo Barker

sound engineered by
Nick Taylor and Olly Thompson

Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra

conducted by
Robert Hodge

An A Minor Production

in collaboration with Blinkink


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