It’s not easy for a movie-star to age – especially when you’re a stop motion animated skeleton monster.

Phil, once a terrifying villain of the silver-screen, struggles to find work in modern Hollywood due to being an out-of-date special effect.

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Behind The Scenes

Befores & Afters


  • Austin Film Festival (World Premiere)
  • Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival (European Premiere)
  • Flickerfest (Australian Premiere)


Best Australian Animated Short Film – Winner

AACTA Awards:
Best Short Film – Nominee

SPA Awards:
Best Short Film – Nominee

Supported by Screen Australia
And YouTube through the 
Skip Ahead Initiative

Screen Australia Investment Managers:
Alyce Adams
Lee Naimo
Rosie Lourde


Harry: Glen Hunwick
Phil: as himself
Centurion: Peter Paltos
Hot Guy One: Daniel Daperis
Hot Guy Two: Michael Wahr
Producer: Holly Austin
Director: Albert Garcia
Casting Director: Wendy Bos
10,000 Sandals Director: Michael Shanks
Modern Centurion: Alex Cooke
Motion Capture Actor: Rory Kelly
Mid-90s-Liquid-Metal-Man: as himself
Bar Woman: Michelle Zintschenko
Bar Guy One: Nick Issell
Bar Guy Two: Rennie Watson

Guard One: Lee Beckhurst
Guard Two: Adam McKenzie
Guard Three: Nicholas Colla
Mother: Nicolette Minster
Boy: Sol Feldman

Cinema Extras:
Caito Zacharias
Cameron Fallan
Catherine O’Callaghan
Elizabeth McFarlene
Giacinta Squires
James Tran
Olivia Boscolo
Polly Garrett
Rebekah Schilling
Tobin Varley

Train Extras:
Alice Watson
Andrea Jones
Bill Park
Caroline Kean
Gil Shanks
Roslyn Moore
Shane Gardam
Vin Maskell
Mike Cowap

Bar Extras:
Adam Carnevale
Austin Haigh
Jackson Baly

Studio Extras:
Kevin Luk
Chris Hocking
Cassandra Bleechmore


Writer & Director: Michael Shanks
Producers: Chris Hocking & Nicholas Colla
Executive Producer: Michael Shanks
Script Editor: Mike Jones
Script Consultant: Laura Lethlean
Director of Photography (Animation): Gerald Thompson
Stop Motion Animator/Puppet Builder: Samuel Lewis
Stop Motion Animator (Opening Sequence): Glen Hunwick
Director of Photography (Live Action): Max Walter
1st Assistant Camera: Lucas Brown
Aerial Cinematography: Davor Breznik
Gaffer: Albert Garcia
Best Boy: Louis Walter
Art Director & Production Designer: Rennie Watson
Costume Designer: Chloe Greaves
Sound Recordist: Chris Hocking
Casting: Nicholas Colla & Chloe Greaves
VFX Data Wrangler: Kevin Luk
Production Assistant: Nicolette Minster
Behind the Scenes: Lukas Yannkutsos
Editing & Visual Effects: Michael Shanks
Editing & Visual Effects: Kevin Luk
Editing & Visual Effects: Chris Hocking
Colourist: CJ Dobson
Tooty Booty Design & Animation: Alyssa Smedley
3D Animator: Jack Nolan
CGI Creature Motion Capture: Fika Entertainment
CGI Creature Motion Capture: Deanne Czarnecki
CGI Creature Motion Capture: Dr. Jordan Beth Vincent
CGI Creature Motion Capture: James Furler
CGI Creature Motion Capture: Peter Divers
CGI Creature Motion Capture: Shanique Hallgren
Creature Suit Build: Russell Sharp @ Sharp FX
Music Composed & Performed by: Michael Shanks

Camera Equipment: The Vision House
Drone: Flying Dragon Cinematography
Lighting & Grip: SAVAGE Film Services
Legal & Business Affairs: Anthony Palmer
Accounting: Nagle Accounting
Insurance: Midland Insurance

Vintage Cars: Vintage & Classic Car Club – Ballarat
Animatronic Dinosaur: Dinosaur Sales
Stop Motion Props: Nick Hilligoss
Armature Maker: Jeff Carlisle
Props: The Props Store
Props: Scenic Studios
Props: Warwick Firearms & Militaria

Docklands Studios
Regent Cinemas Ballarat
Australian Railway Historical Society Museum
The 86 Bar
TAFTA Acting Studios

Special Thanks:
Louie McNamara
Mike Cowap
Keith Thomas
Hannah Maskell
Durand Greig
John Lewis
Darcy Prendergast
Pavla Chaloupka