Up in a Plane

A granddaughter’s grief is transformed by her imagination into an adventure of love and joy that bikes, flies and dances all the way from the prairies of the early 1900s to Europe in WWII, to the present and beyond.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Rachel Moore

Filmmaker’s statement

Up in a Plane is the longest animation I have made, the most challenging and the most personal.

It came about from a desire to celebrate the lives of my grandparents.

Between 2008 to 2011 my grandparents all passed away. This abrupt subtraction from my family was a shock. Making this film helped me and my family start to sort through this grief.

In particular, the film focuses on the life of my grandfather Kenneth Owen Moore. He was the first to pass and a natural leader. He was a charismatic, bonafide WWII war hero who really loved people. He also told great stories (that weren’t always factual) but were always entertaining.

In making this film I worked from the photographs I had compiled on my computer while doing the slide shows for the funerals. I used an animation technique that I have spent over 10 years making my own called paint on glass.

I was also extremely lucky to have a chance to work with the very talented sound designer/composer David Parfit (co-composer Two 4 One, composer/sound designer Saving Luna) and violin goddess Hannah Epperson (Finalist Peak Performance Project 2013) on the sound design and the original music.

The funding for Up in a Plane was provided by Canada Council for the Arts and it was produced at Fast Turtle Studios (my living room) in Victoria.

The reaction to Up in a Plane has been amazing so far. It has been accepted to 13 festivals around the world and got a broadcast agreement with CBC.

Whenever I get a chance to attend a screening or present it at a residency, I am always amazed at the emotional response it stirs in people.

About Rachel Moore

Rachel Moore

Rachel Moore’s animated films explore the psychological makeup of her characters using metamorphosis, transitions and sound. Her films are usually based on real locations and events.

Rachel’s work uses little dialog with stories that appear deceptively simple at first, [but] she penetrates into her characters innermost emotions and their imaginary worlds.

Rachel graduated from the animation program at ECUAD (Emily Carr University of Art and Design) in 2002 on scholarship. Since then, she has animated films with assistance from or for Canada Council, BC Arts Council, the National Film Board and independent filmmakers.

Some highlights include: The Fastlane (winner of best student short, Victoria Film Festival 2003), Jenny’s Deli (finalist, NFB’s Shortz), Pop (best animation [honorable mention], Big Muddy Film Festival 2012) and Up in a Plane (finalist at the European Film Festival, Paris, 2015).

Rachel’s films have screened at more than 40 festivals worldwide and appeared on CBC.

In December 2015 she was awarded a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia. She is currently animating a short about curling.

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