First-hand experiences from war veterans were drawn up, and then hand-drawn for this gritty and gripping film.
A very effective use is made of specifique animation materials and techniques. Ornana films often works with organic techniques instead of the more usual digital options. The characters, soldiers in a war zone, have all been hand painted on recycled paper. The dessert setting of the film connects perfectly with the texture of the paper. The confusion of the characters and shocking subject are stressed by the shaky, hand-drawn style.
The producers first filmed some of the scenes with real actors to study the emotions on their faces. They painted all the different expressions on papers to develop the design of the characters and the environment. The whole film has been painted frame for frame by hand. Animators usually work with a lighting box which shines through the papers, making it easier to outline the pictures. Because they used recycled paper, this wasn’t an option. The solution was to make a kind of flipbook, to flip through the scenes and adjust the sequence of paintings. The final paintings were photographed and put together like a stop-motion film. It took over two and a half years and 6000 sheets to create the film.