It hasn’t been all that long since mankind learned exactly what the stars are and where they come from. For hundreds of thousands of years, our ancestors looked up when the sunset and wondered how the evening sky came to be adorned with millions of twinkling lights. From their gazes, countless myths and stories sprung forth to explain the stars’ mysterious origins, many of which we still know as constellations like Aquila, Aries, Pisces, and the great bear Ursa Major. But a different type of light show—one that takes place at the top of our world—is unlike the rest. Known by some as the Northern Lights and others as Aurora Borealis, the Finnish name for that glorious phenomenon of dancing reflections is Revontulet, and the Finns have their own legend of how it came to be. That tale is the basis for the beautiful new short animated film Fox Fires, which tells the story of how Earth’s animals helped the moon fill the night with color.
As for the story itself, it takes its inspiration from the ancient Finnish myth about the Aurora Borealis, which they call Revontulet. That translates to “Fox Fires,” as they believed a magical fox would run across the sky, sweeping the Earth’s snow with his tail, creating the light show that still causes awe and wonders to this day
Graduation film from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Scotland. Note from the director: I pitched this idea in February 2018 and had the privilege of working with a number of my classmates and 3rd-year assistants. They each brought so much talent and enthusiasm to telling this story and I couldn’t have been more fortunate to have them as my team. Please stay for the credits and look them up! Fox Fires is inspired by the Finnish folk tale of the aurora borealis. The film blends 2D and 3D animation together. Thank you so much to my composer, Denny Schneidemesser, for all of his help in bringing the film together and for scoring the work so beautifully. I’ve admired Denny’s work since I first watched animated shorts on YouTube and decided to pursue animation myself, having him on board was a dream come true. More beautiful work on his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Danman87 Keep an eye out for the Making of Fox Fires book, available for preorder soon! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date. https://linktr.ee/keilidh Enquiries: email@example.com