The Doll Chronicles

A series of short films exploring social Doll issues. Find out more by clicking on the tabs below.

The Doll Chronicles is an anthological series of short films that explores social issues, expectations of beauty and other situations. They attempt to express a feeling about something occurring in society and to women. What began as a conversation over a couple of beers between Nùria Garcia, Emma Saura Woods and Franco Esteve, where Núria made a random comment about a Barbie doll hitting the ground and suddenly being a real human being, has grown into something socially relevant and beautiful. Franco Esteve took that concept in order to express a series of stories, unified by the human doll. It is currently in its third story, Consequence, which has won awards as a film and for its music, is being shown at film festivals throughout the world.

"Tecato" is a Puerto Rican word for drug addict that has evolved and is also used to describe things of low quality or low production value, cheap. That second definition is the main reason why Franco Esteve chose to call the production for the Doll Chronicles, "Producciones Tecatas" (literally "Crappy Productions" in Puerto Rican Spanish), because he wanted to do something with the team's unsophisticated tools, something that was cheap and of low quality, but still beautiful and fun: the "Tecato" way.

The Doll Chronicles are written, directed, and produced by Franco Esteve and are made with the help of the other members of the Producciones Tecatas team, Emma Saura Woods and Nùria Garcia. The team has filmed three short films in The Doll Chronicles: Reaction, Paranoia, and the award-winning Consequence.

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Reaction was the first of The Doll Chronicles short films (originally conceived as The Barbie Chronicles) and was made as an art piece inspired upon Nùria Garcia's random comment about how interesting it would be to throw a Barbie doll out a window and find that when it hit the ground, it was a real woman. With that comment in mind, I got to work on a story that could capture that. I wrote a short story about how a boy becomes a serial killer from that random event, but we weren't able to shoot it and with the idea of using Tristan and Isolde in mind for the music, I decided to simplify it and turn it into an abstract statement on beauty in our society. It's left a bit open to interpretation, so that each viewer can apply their own experience to the piece.

Though it didn't experience the popularity of later entries in the series due to the abstract and experimental nature of the film, it set the tone for the series, as it established certain rules and conepts that, though I've gone beyond them, have been pretty much kept throughout. The integration of and metaphorical use of a doll, my use of sounds and music and the lack of dialog, are some of the main ones.

Click below to watch Reaction in all its low quality glory. We hope you enjoy it. :)

You can also watch at Vimeo here, or click on the embedded video below:

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When we started to create this short film platform, The Doll Chronicles, we knew we wouldn't have episodal continuity especially since we killed off the main character in the first story. Using a doll as a symbol though, really left it open to tell all kinds of stories, so I started wrtiting the next story as indpendent and unrelated, but maintaining use of a doll as the metaphorical main character and literally as I thought it could fit the story symbolically. The human "doll" would drive the story, and the toy doll would simply appear as a visual element that expressed that moment's message or symbol.

We've all had some scary experiences sleeping in old houses, with their creaks and crevices, their weird, winter noises, their unprotected gardens, and the irrational paranoia that ensues, playing horrible scenarios in our heads and disturbing our sleep, so we thought it would be a lot of fun to do a story about a paranoid doll in an old house. Originally this was supposed to be done after Consequence, the drug affected doll chronicle, but casting and other issues when producing it delayed everything, pushing Paranoia as the next film.

In this episode, the Doll becomes paranoid while living in an old house after reading the horror novel, Dark Places. Unlike the first episode, where a licensed version of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde was used as the musical backdrop of the story, for Paranoia I ended up composing and performing a series of sounds and music that I thought would be appropriate for the film and would communicate the feeling that Doll was experiencing. I hope y'all enjoy it. :)

Watch Paranoia over at Vimeo here, or click on the embedded video below:

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Originally conceived as the second story in The Doll Chronicles, Consequence is the award-winning third story in the series and explores a consequence of love, drugs, and sex. It has received awards for the film and for the original score. You can visit the Consequence mini site here (in a new window).

You've waited long enough! The award-winning silent, slightly experimental, short film, Consequence, The Doll Chronicles is available for viewing. It's had a fantastic festival run. Thank you to everyone for their support and their wonderful messages. You can watch Consequence, The Doll Chronicles on Vimeo by clicking here or click on the embedded video below. If you'd like to find out more or watch any of the other episodes, click here. You can also visit the Consequence mini site, here, or The Doll Chronicles on Facebook here.

Consequence, The Doll Chronicles from Franco Esteve on Vimeo.

Be sure to like Franco Esteve and The Doll Chronicles on Facebook and to follow @FrancoEsteve and @bnowhereblog on Twitter for the latest updates about the Doll Chronicles. I hope y'all enjoy the short films.

Expanding on The Doll Chronicles and not only exploring new themes, but attempting to go even further in telling Doll's story, Apocalypse has Doll face a darkness from her past as she explores a post-apocalyptic world in search of her long-lost love.

Apocalypse, The Doll Chronicles will be released in 2017 and you can watch the trailer here and below:

Trailer for Apocalypse, The Doll Chronicles from Franco Esteve on Vimeo.

Be sure to like Franco Esteve and The Doll Chronicles on Facebook and to follow @FrancoEsteve and @bnowhereblog on Twitter for the latest updates about the Doll Chronicles. I hope y'all enjoy the short films.

 

 

Watch the current episode, Paranoia, over at Vimeo here, or click on the included video below:

You can also watch Reaction over at Vimeo here

A new story, Consequence, is currently finished and being submitted to festivals.


       
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