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‘The Tannery’ by Iain Gardner


A fox has a life-after-death experience. “The challenge for me as an animator and director was to translate an emotional experience I’d had to the audience but through a bizarre situation that can only be depicted with animation!” said filmmaker Iain Gardner.

The Tannery was commissioned by Channel 4’s 4mations banner, produced by Scottish animation production house Axis Animation, with music composed and arranged by Belle & Sebastian’s Mick Cooke.

Read an interview with Iain Gardner on Directors Notes.

Written, animated and directed by Iain Gardner
Composer: Mick Cooke
Cello: Rosie Townhill
Cor Anglais: Katy MacKintosh
Viola: Liam Eoin Lynch
Sound Design: John Cobban
Assistant Animation: Rachel Everitt, Ulrike Keil
CG Production: Debbie Ross
CG Supervision: Wiek Luijken
3D Lead Artist: Drew Robertson
3D Layout: Stu Shapiro, Richard Clay, Dana Dorian
Render Manager: Jamie Murray
With Thanks to
Inbetweening: Andrew Macpherson
CGI Registration: Kate Kulendikova
Artworking: Owen Rixon, David Bell, Neil McDonald
Digital Artist: Oliver Villegas
Scanning: Maxwell McCarthy, Neil Menzies, Laura White
Script Development: Alan Gilbey, Peter Hynes and Marilyn Cherenko with the students at Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Anthony Schrag, Miss Humphrey

  • Quite an exceptional piece and I liked the message it sends at the end.

  • Harrison

    That had to be one of the most depressing shorts I’ve ever seen. What exactly is the message? If an animal’s fur is separated from its body, the animal remains in limbo? If it is, that’s pretty messed up in many ways.

  • Anonymous

    Such a powerful, moving short. Hats off to Mr. Gardner for tackling this subject matter and succeeding, as well as the entire team.

  • Mister Twister

    Well this was interesting.

  • KitKat

    Beautiful, loved the ending. It is sad, but it makes one think. We shouldn’t use animals for their skins in that way, like the animal is disposable.

  • Harrison

    I can see where you’re coming from. My only problem is that when you think more about it, you’ve got to wonder about the animals that of been skinned for survival. You know, like pioneers and explorers. Are they in limbo too? Oh well, I do realize that I’m digging too deep into this short. It does make one think. The way I see it, I can imagine that once the fur is destroyed in some way, than the animal can be free to leave.

    • That is one possibility, I’ll will give you credit for thinking this through, though. That’s what films like this should do.

    • KD

      Survival did play a part in some of the early north american fur industry but most of the money that came from that economic boom went to people back in Europe who wanted to wear the furs for fashion purposes, not because the clothing was a necessity.

  • Tori Rhodes

    A very good way to spend five minutes.