Psyop

Sisters

Sisters is an original short film from Psyop, directed by David Chontos, and featuring the music of Fever Ray.

From David:

Part exercise of passion, and part love letter, ‘Sisters’ is a fragment of some lost, tragic opera. Trapped in the ruins of their former glory, a pair of performers bound together and abandoned by time rise up to sing once more. Conjured up by the song to which it’s set, the film represents a sincere vision of inspiration derived from the music of Karin Dreijer Andersson (Fever Ray). It is the confluence of a variety of abstract concepts, from the fragility of modern technology, to the cruelty of the passage of time. The movement of the characters references legendary contemporary choreographer, Martha Graham; transposing an exercise in human restraint and lamentation onto mechanical beings.

The film was started out of a need to create something that more accurately described my capabilities than my commercial work did. It became a passionate distraction, not just for myself, but for fellow artists at Psyop in between productions and looking for something different to work on. I created all the design myself and with my background as a CG lead, I created all the look development and then partnered with other Psyop artists to complete the film. The result was a great collaborative and learning experience.

Since its release, Sisters has appeared in dozens of film festivals across the globe, and has won several awards.

CREDITS:

“if i had a heart”

performed by

FEVER RAY

courtesy of

MUTE

with arrangement by

BANK ROBBER MUSIC

written, designed and directed by

DAVID CHONTOS

executive producer

AMANDA MILLER

producers

SHANNON ALEXANDER

SANAZ SATTARI

pre-visualization

BRI MEYER

CHRIS MEEK

SASHDY ARVELO

choreography

MATTHEW NEFF

animation

TIMOTHY KALLOK

CHRIS MEEK

JOHN FIELDING

CHRIS BARSAMIAN

rigging

SEBASTIAN GARCIA

SEAN KEALEY

model + texture

YUO TENGARA

LARISSA DOCOLAS

KEVIN MANNING

JONATHAN IWATA

HAO CUI

DAVID CHONTOS

lighting

DAVID CHONTOS

STEPHEN DELALLA

CHRIS SAGE

fx

KELLY SHAY

KIEL GNEBBA

RYAN HURD

BRIAN ALVAREZ

CHRIS HEMPEL

color + compositing

DAVID CHONTOS

thank you

NEYSA HORSBURGH

BRITTANY JONES

MARTY BALES

JAMES ARMSTRONG

BUZZY COHEN

CAROL DUNN

SQUEAK E CLEAN PRODUCTIONS

composition

IF I HAD A HEART

writer

KARIN DRIEJER ANDERSSON

used by permission of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

All rights reserved.

produced at

PSYOP


AWARDS

ADC AWARDS: Motion in Music Videos Winner

ADDY AWARDS: Music Video Gold Winner

ART OF CREATIVITY AWARDS: Spectacular Animation Award

AUSTIN MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL: Best Animated Music Video

BEST SHORTS AWARDS: Award of Excellence (Animation)

INDIEFEST FILM FESTIVAL: Award of Excellence (Animation)

LANCASTER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Best in Animation Award

THE WEBBY AWARDS: Film & Video (Animation) Nominee

FESTIVALS

ANIMATION BLOCK PARTY

ANIM’EST

AFI FEST

HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL

HARLEM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

WILLIAMSBURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

MILWAUKEE FILM FESTIVAL

SAN FRANCISCO SHORTS FESTIVAL

SPARK ANIMATION FESTIVAL

QUEEN CITY FILM FESTIVAL

MANCHESTER LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL

WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL

UNDEREXPOSED FILM FESTIVAL

KANSAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

ANIMAZE - MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL

CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL SHORTS FESTIVAL

INDIEFEST FILM FESTIVAL

BRAINWASH MOVIE FESTIVAL

BEST SHORTS AWARDS COMPETITION

LAS VEGAS LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL

TWISTED HORROR PICTURE SHOW

FAN BOY FILM FESTIVAL

GLAS ANIMATION FESTIVAL

FLUX ANIMATION FESTIVAL

BIAF

SUNRISE FILM FESTIVAL

SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

AEAF AWARDS SCREENER

STUDIO CITY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

HUDSON VALLEY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

LANCASTER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

LA INDIE FILM FESTIVAL AND SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

NEWFILMMAKERS LOS ANGELES

KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL

STAGE 32 SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

ANNY: ANIMATION NIGHTS NEW YORK

FIRSTGLANCE FILM FESTIVAL: PHILADELPHIA

FEEDBACK ANIMATION FILM & SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL

VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL

THE ART OF CREATIVITY AWARDS

AMSTERDAM LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL

ZAMOXIS SHORT FILM SHOWCASE

TALLGRASS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

PORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL

ANIMATION SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL

FEST ANCA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL

ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL

ANILOGUE INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL

LOS ANGELES MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL

FLIPBOOK ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL

DRAWTASTIC’S 2D OR NOT 2D ANIMATION FESTIVAL

INTERNATIONAL HOLLYWOOD SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

KOLKATA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

SOUTHERN SHORTS FESTIVAL

THE ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS

BUCHAREST FILM AWARDS

THE LOS ANGELES SPOTLIGHT FILM FESTIVAL

CUTTING EDGE FILM FESTIVAL

NORTH HOLLYWOOD CINEFEST

THE EDWARDIAN BALL LOS ANGELES

THE EDWARDIAN BALL SAN FRANCISCO