The Trenches

The Trenches

                                    The Trenches
| 6 min
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This animated short by Claude Cloutier is a pictorial account of an attack on Canadian soldiers during WWI. On the edge of the battlefield, recruits are dreading the order to attack. At the signal, a young soldier leaps into a hell of fire and blood where the earth engulfs both the living and the dead. Blending archival images and Cloutier’s hypnotizing brushstroke, the film is a dazzling illustration of the futility of war.

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  • script
    Claude Cloutier
  • animation
    Claude Cloutier
  • direction
    Claude Cloutier
  • editing
    José Heppell
  • sound design
    Olivier Calvert
  • camera
    Éric Barbeau
  • actor
    Gabriel Boileau-Cloutier
  • costumes
    Francesca Chamberland
    Sylvie Charbonneau
    Sylvie Guillard
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • voice
    Marc-André Bélanger
    David Laurin
    Martin Watier
    Patrick Chouinard
    Alexandre Fortin
    Guillaume Champoux
  • digital imaging specialist
    Pierre Plouffe
    Susan Gourley
  • special advisor
    Marcel Jean
  • historical research
    Jocelyne Perrier
  • executive producer
    René Chénier
  • producer
    Marc Bertrand

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