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Majorelle Shell

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Published on Jun 30, 2016

Please watch in HD!
Screened at the Manchester School of Art Degree Show - 2016

(Winner of the MOB Film Award - 2016)
Edinburgh Shorts Film Festival - "A very impressive and accomplished film, showed an incredible amount of work and was very beautiful to look at, engaging, reminded me of early Christopher Nolan - full of ideas, and very well executed, I thought the casting and directing were excellent, and loved the aesthetic - it felt filmic, original".
Semi-Finalist at the ADAA Awards 2016
Finalist at the Cinephilia Film Festival 2016
Featured in the Locomocion/Experimental Animation Festival
Featured in the Asia International (Wenzhou) Youth Short-Film Exhibition

"Majorelle Shell", inspired after the colour paint created by Jacques Majorelle and revitalized by Yves Saint Laurent (from his work in Morocco) brings you a film about self discovery, realization and understanding of the world we inhabit from a surrealist perspective.

Written, filmed and directed by Usman Shah, this is a stop-motion, pixilation film that uses expressionism, vibrant symbolic imagery with historical and contemporary references to convey the symbolism within this fictional-narrative, artists film.
With sound and original music composed by Joshua Spencer that brings the images to life.

This film portrays a visual metaphor for what we perceive as our existence, and the conventions and parameters that are within it.
Are they to be challenged or obeyed? And what can be found beyond?.

Directed, Filmed, Edited & Written by Usman Shah
Screenplay: Ella Grace-Mitchell
Producer: T. Shah
Executive Producers
H. & H. Bukhari
Dr. Ahmed Khan
A. Hussain
S. Sultan
John Leech & Pablo O'Hana

Cast:
Doll: Kit Preston
Girl: Chloe Hindle
Shadow Woman: Zara Shah

Production Designer: Usman Shah
Composer, Recordist & Final Mixer: Joshua Spencer
Associate Producers: Afzal Miah, A. Shah, Ella Grace-Mitchell
Costume Designer: Jessica Crampton
Unit Production Manager: T. Shah
Stand-ins: Aafaq Shah, Asiyah Bukhari
Electric: A. Bukhari & T. Shah
Art Supervisor: Sana Bukhari
Art Assistant: Gabriel Di Muaro
Key Scenic: Usman Shah, Afzal Miah, A. Shah & T. Shah
Make-up & Hair: Katie Cheetham
Original Compositions by Dr. Ahmed Khan
Caterer: Taftan, Old Trafford
Drivers: T. Shah & N.I.B.

Special Thanks: To my Father, whom without, this film would never had gotten off the ground.

Big thanks to all the people who supported the film!!

Created using CANON, ZIESS, MANFROTTO, SONY, SIGMA, ADOBE products - no endorsement of the companies are being made.

Filmed in studio at Old Trafford and on location in Yorkshire & Wales.
A film for my final year at the Manchester School of Art - 2016.
The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons, places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.

No animals were harmed in the making of this motion picture.

Copyright © USMAN SHAH(2016) (An Usman Shah Film).
All rights reserved.

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