Mystery of the Secret Room

Mystery of the Secret Room

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Mystery of the Secret Room takes viewers on a spellbinding voyage between the real and the imaginary. An inspiring portrait of family, adversity, and resilience, this richly hued animated short tells the tale of 10-year-old Grace, who uses her creative superpowers to navigate the emotional landscape of her mother’s depression.

Writer/filmmaker Wanda Nolan collaborated with animator Claire Blanchet to weave together a deeply moving story. Hand-drawn animations bring two distinct worlds to life: the muted, solid world of “reality” and the saturated palette of Grace’s imagination.

Through a mixture of techniques and media, including drawn backgrounds, landscape photography, and ink and pastel on paper, Mystery of the Secret Room offers a textured story-world full of surprises, challenges, and emotions, while celebrating the transformative powers of literature and the imagination.

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  • writer
    Wanda Nolan
  • director
    Wanda Nolan
  • art director
    Claire Blanchet
  • animation supervisor
    Claire Blanchet
  • animation
    Hyun Jin Park
    Claire Blanchet
    Simon Cottee
    Malcolm Sutherland
  • original music
    Jeff Johnston
  • sound design
    Kyle Stanfield
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • music recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • technical director
    Éloi Champagne
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • producer
    Annette Clarke
  • executive producer
    Annette Clarke

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