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'Troll Girl' Short Film to Premiere at CTIAF


Kay Carmichael is an accomplished storyboard and development artist who works in the live-action and animation industry. Having started in animated television she's come to include animated series, feature films and commercials. While she worked on Supa Strikers, Kay's most recent animation work includes Mama K’s Team 4, Moosebox, Fairy Wheels and now her short film Troll Girl. When it comes to live-action productions, she's worked on series and films such as Northmen, The Book of Negroes, Blood Drive and The Perfect Wave. While Carmichael has been working in this space since 2009, she's known for her own comics and has been nurturing a number of passion projects such as 'Sophie the Giant Slayer' and a long-form series.

While some of these projects have been relegated to the backburner, one passion project that has been taking all of her time and energy... is ready to roll. Troll Girl is a fantasy short film that will be making its premiere at the Cape Town International Animation Festival between 1-3 October. The screening will be accompanied by a talk in which the creator will be discussing the making of, in particular the medium of blender grease pencil. Made with support from Triggerfish and the NFVF, this has been a labour of love for Carmichael.

From the trailer, which doesn't give too much away, the textured animation gives the short film spunk. Taking place in medieval times with a fairy tale twist and centred on an outcast, there will obviously be comparisons with Shrek. However, based on the teaser... Carmichael's animated adventure is more dramatic and lives in its own world without leaning on popular fairy tales.