visual arts Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

Daniel Gray/

Animation filmmaker

As a director, Daniel Gray likes to be very efficient and powerful with short films to make the audience as affected as possible by the journey he takes them on. With animation he finds that the audience is far more likely to accept absurdity and the unusual, this makes it a great format to tell these dream-like stories. When watching animation, people bring a kind of innocence which keeps them invested in the story.

In residency at Abbaye de Fontevraud, the author wanted to work on his project : Hide.

Seven years ago, he moved away from his family in Wales to start his own in Hungary. While he still talk to his parents and sister regularly, there’s still a guilt, and a sorrow, that they are getting older and he is not there physically.

Hide is the story that came about as he reasoned through those feelings he had about his family. It's a very personal, metaphorical piece describing a strange feeling of disconnection that exists in the modern world. He thinks this feeling is massively common in a world that is blessed with freedom of movement and the ability to work with anyone, anywhere in the world at any time. He thinks there’s a nagging feeling that occupies you somewhere in the back of your mind.

Hide is a journey from innocence that slowly morphs into discomfort and dread. It is a surrealist, sentimental film with elements that could be described as horror.