Neil Gaiman’s The Grave of St Oran Spotlight with Jim Batt and Josh Mahan: The Comic Source Podcast

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Neil Gaiman’s The Grave of St Oran Spotlight with Jim Batt and Josh Mahan

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Jace chats with director Jim Batt and stop-motion animator Josh Mahan about the short film The Grave of St. Oran. Based on the poem from Neil Gaiman the short, much like it’s source material, blends history and myth, as well as nature and the supernatural to explore ideas of what’s real and what’s not. The short will be screened at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con followed by a Q & A with Jim and Josh along with others who have adapted work from Neil for both the big and small screen.



The Grave of Saint Oran
Directed by Jim Batt
Animation by Josh Mahan
Written and Narrated by Neil Gaiman
Panel + Screening at San Diego Comic Con 
July 23, 2022
Followed by International Multi-Platform Release 
“He will touch you, he will taste you, he will leave his words inside you – God is not what you imagine, nor is hell, and nor is heaven.”
Master storyteller Neil Gaiman narrates this strange tale of saintly murder and the dark history behind the chapel on the island of Iona. The story is brought to life by two time Emmy-nominated director Jim Batt with beautifully illustrated paper cutouts, meticulously animated using stopmotion techniques and in-camera visual effects
The Grave of Saint Oran is a short stopmotion animation, beautifully illustrated with paper cutouts meticulously hand animated frame by frame. Based on a mix of legend and history of the small Scottish island of Iona, the film weaves a path back and forth between the real and the imagined, through time, history, and our eternal efforts to grasp at the deeper mysteries of the unknown. It tells the tale of two saints who sail to the island of Iona, and attempt to build a chapel. However, things don’t go smoothly and the ritual murder of one saint by the other begins a chain of events that brings into question everything they believe in.
TRT: 8 minutes 30 seconds
Language: English
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Fantasy
Technique: Stopmotion Animation, Paper Cutout
Production: Australian / USA
Adapted From: In Reilig Odhrain by Neil Gaiman
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