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Puppetry, Music and Dance Come Together in Short Film Shot Entirely on a Samsung Galaxy Device

RSA Films director Joe Wright crafts beautiful short fantasy folk tale for Samsung 'Princess & Peppernose'

Puppetry, Music and Dance Come Together in Short Film Shot Entirely on a Samsung Galaxy Device

‘Princess & Peppernose’ the new project from acclaimed director Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, Darkest Hour) combines music, dance, and puppetry in a short fantasy folk tale.  

Filmed at the medieval Restormel Castle in Cornwall, one of the most remarkable castles in Britain, the 20-minute short is a beautifully crafted and wonderfully weird film told through the cinematic storytelling vision of Wright, capturing the power of magic, the magic of love, and the right to choose who to give your heart to. 

Shooting during lockdown with production from Ridley Scott’s RSA Films, cinematography from Wright’s regular collaborator and Academy Award nominated DoP Seamus McGarvey (Avengers Assemble, Anna Karenina, Atonement), and in collaboration with members of theatre company Kneehigh, ‘Princess & Peppernose’ was born from Wright’s love of puppetry and wanting to explore a new creative challenge. 

“My parents ran and founded the first dedicated puppet theatre in the UK, and I’ve never made a film with any puppets in it so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to return to those roots and explore what that might be like,” said Wright.  

“We’ve had great experimental fun making it, working with shadow play, puppetry and the simplest of moving lights” added McGarvey. “It’s very much back to the filmmaking that I started off doing with a Super 8.” 

Wright was afforded complete creative control of the project, allowing the filmmaker to fully express his creative inventiveness, “My only piece of advice for all fledgling filmmakers is that it’s the imagination that is important” said Wright, “everything else should be at the service of the imagination. Imagination is key.” 

Samsung partnered with RSA on the film, with the project being shot entirely on a Samsung Galaxy device, adding even more intrigue to the impressive production values.  

Released ahead of Wright’s feature Cyrano (Haley Bennett, Peter Dinklage, Ben Mendelsohn), ‘Princess & Peppernose’ is now available to watch in full, with an exclusive behind the scenes featurette from director Jacob Hopewell.  

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Director: Joe Wright

Director of Photography: Seamus McGarvey

Associate Director: Mike Shepherd

Script Writer: Carl Grose

Production: RSA Films (Ridley Scott Creative Group)

Producer: Caspar Delaney

Production Manager: Stuart Butterworth

Production Coordinator: Becky Bishop

Composer & Instrumentalist: Ian Ross

Musical Director: Mark Aspinall

Music Editor: John Warhurst

Location Manager: Algy Sloane

Script Supervisor: Liz West

1st Assistant Director: Danny McGrath

2nd Assistant Director: Prep Henry Forsyth, Shoot Pheobe Markham

Gaffer: Reuben Garrett

Sound Recordist: Colin Gregory

Boom Operator: Matt Pendle

Production Designer: Sarah Greenwood

Set Decorator: Katie Spencer

Art Director: Build Only James Collins

Props Maker: Catherine Morgan

Prop Master: Lloyd Vincent, Nick Turnbull

Props Assistant: Leo Turnbull, Johnny Savage J

SFX: Danny Edwards

Costume Designer: Jacqueline Durran

Make Up Artist: Sian Miller

Hair & Make Up Assistant: Monique Giamattei, Laura McDowall

BTS: Jacob Hopewell

Post: MPC


Princess: Anjana Vasan

Mirequag: Beverly Rudd

King: Paul Hunter

Jeremy: Mike Shepherd

Puppeteer: Sarah Wright, Liz Walker, Nix Wood

Chorus 1: Giles King

Chorus 2: Kyla Goodey

Chorus 3: Katy Owen

Chorus 4: Scott Folan

Chorus 5: Nandi Bhebhe

Chorus 6: Omari Douglas

Category: Consumer Electronics , Phones

Genre: Choreography , Dialogue , Storytelling