Award-winning director Alma Har’el recently unveiled JellyWolf, a new short film for The Fifth Sense, a digital platform from i-D and CHANEL that explores the emotion of scent and the way it inspires female creativity.
Har’el’s eight-minute piece stars actresses Kiersey Clemons and Lisa Bonet in a magical, realist version of downtown LA brought to life with beguiling special effects: the young Clemons sets out on a journey to discover her mythical spirit animal “JellyWolf” with the help of Bonet’s modern shamanic beauty parlor owner.
Director Har’el has been lauded for her genre re-defining work that melds documentary and fiction. She picked up the top prize at Tribeca Film Festival for 2011’s Bombay Beach, as well as premiered her critically acclaimed latest feature LoveTrue, in 2016 to rapt audiences with longtime collaborator Shia LaBeouf as executive producer.
The reality-bending post production FX was brought to life by the team at DetEast Mexico, overseen by VFX supervisor Diego Vazquez. Editor Lenny Mesina of Therapy Studios brings a sense of movement and pacing that engages the viewer immediately and propels the narrative with a relentless flow, while the soundbed crafted by Therapy sound designer Eddie Kim heightens the tension and atmosphere. Colourist Brandon Chavez provides the richly saturated palette for the film, with sleek title design created by Placeworks + Scraplabs.