It has often been told how Henry was born,
In a room full of screams on a black and sunless morn…
FRANCILLE'S EYES was inspired by a tradition of macabre narrative poems epitomised by Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’. Poe’s poem also inspired Tim Burton’s ‘Vincent’, the animated short that launched Burton’s career. These are both wonderfully macabre tales in which the narrator - speaking in eloquent rhyming verse - leads us down a dark rabbit hole of vivid horror imagery. ‘The Raven’ chills, while ‘Vincent’ toys and amuses. With FRANCILLE’S EYES we want to push both the horror and the possibility for black humour, using a similar technique of verse narration and a macabre gothic subject.
The full text of the poem is available here.
a short film
status: seeking funding