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The Doll Chronicles Series of Short Films

The Doll Chronicles is an award-winning, anthological series of short films written, directed, and produced by Franco Esteve, that explores some social issues, expectations of beauty and other life situations, an 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, Franco Esteve has turned into something socially relevant and beautiful, taking the idea of a doll and our social views and using the “human” doll to express a series of thoughts, stories, and emotions.

Producciones Tecatas

“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 company 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. It was a way to show that, with little to no resources, something beautiful and significant could be created. The Doll Chronicles are written, directed, and produced by Franco Esteve and are made with the assistance of the other members of the Producciones Tecatas team.

The series is currently in post-production of Apocalypse, The Doll Chronicles, which will hopefully begin screening at festivals sometime this year. It’s trailer can be seen on Vimeo here and in the embed below:


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

The Films

Reaction – Defining a concept

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, Franco Esteve got to work on a story that could capture that, writing a short story about how a boy becomes a serial killer from that random event and with the idea of using Tristan and Isolde in mind for the music. He 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 experimental piece.

The film served to define what would later become The Doll Chronicles series, setting the tone and establishing certain rules that would follow in later films. Despite evolving the base concepts and rules for the series, they still maintain much of what Franco Esteve defined in this earlier work.

Paranoia – The Experiment

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Paranoia, The Doll Chronicles is officially the first in The Doll Chronicles series of short films. After defining a concept and direction for what he wanted to create, it was time to do a proper, silent, experimental short film as an experiment of its viability. It had to be episodic so that, using a doll as a symbol, all kinds of stories could be told. Franco Esteve wrote a new story that would be the true beginning of The Doll Chronicles, maintaining some of the concepts he defined in Reaction, The Barbie Chronicles, like the use of a doll as both the metaphorical main character and at times literally, as it would fit symbolically within the story. The human “doll” would drive the story, and the toy doll would appear as a visual element that expressed that moment’s message or symbol as necessary.

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 minds and disturbing our sleep. For “the experiment”, Franco thought it would be fun to film a story about a paranoid doll in an old house, and so Paranoia, The Doll Chronicles was born. It would follow the Doll as she became paranoid while living in an old house after reading the horror novel “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn. If you haven’t read it, it’s quite disturbing.

Watch the film in the embed below or head over to Vimeo or YouTube to watch it:

Emma Saura Woods plays the main character as her mind dives deeply into the paranoid thoughts that scary houses and books draw out. As this is a silent film, Franco Esteve composed the music and a series of sounds to evoke those feelings and drive the paranoid discomfort that one feels during these situations of fear and sleeplessness, that way, the viewer could feel what Doll was experiencing. The soundtrack is available at most online music stores and streaming services and you can get it through the service links here:

Paranoia, The Doll Chronicles Soundtrack Image

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It includes the full film audio track, so that you can experience listening to the film audio as it was intended, as a full musical piece.

Be sure to like The Doll Chronicles and Franco Esteve on Facebook and follow @FrancoEsteve and @bnowhereblog on Twitter for the latest updates about the Doll Chronicles. Patrons get more content from The Doll Chronicles, pre-releases, extras, and behind the scenes, so become a patron today: https://patreon.com/FrancoEsteve.

Consequence – The Execution

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Before “Paranoia, The Doll Chronicles“, one of the first stories Franco Esteve wrote was the award-winning Consequence, The Doll Chronicles. As he wrote out the different ideas and concepts he wanted to develop, this one was at the very top of the list. It explores a consequence of love, drugs, and sex and is in large part inspired by an untitled, Larry Clark photo from his 1971 Tulsa series which you can see here. In the photo, Franco Esteve saw surrender, trust, pleasure, intensity, willingness. The woman was happily giving in to her lover’s drug injection. Many women have fallen prey to the wrong partner, that partner who leads them down a dark path of destruction. Consequence goes further in defining a path to a story that sadly, happens too often in this dark world we live in.


Consequence, The Doll Chronicles from Franco Esteve on Vimeo.

The film is the execution of the original concept in full, with its story being driven by Franco Esteve’s award-winning soundtrack and the images and music together working to communicate and express Doll’s story to its consequential end. The film was shown at a number of film festivals around the world, receiving accolades along the way. Especially notable was the award-winning soundtrack, which you can acquire or listen to at most online music stores and streaming services using the links below:

Consequence, The Doll Chronicles award-winning soundtrack for this entry in the series of short films

Buy Consequence, The Doll Chronicles Soundtrack at CDBaby Listen to Consequence, The Doll Chronicles soundtrack on Spotify Get or Listen to the Consequence, The Doll Chronicles soundtrack on iTunes Apple Music Get or listen to the Consequence, The Doll Chronicles Soundtrack on Amazon.com Listen to the Consequence, The Doll Chronicles soundtrack on Deezer Buy or listen to the Consequence, The Doll Chronicles Soundtrack on Tidal

It includes the full film audio track, so that you can experience listening to the film audio as it was intended, as a full musical piece.

You can find out more about the film, read the director’s and actor’s notes and more on its own mini site here (in a new window).

Be sure to like The Doll Chronicles and Franco Esteve on Facebook and follow @FrancoEsteve and @bnowhereblog on Twitter for the latest updates about the Doll Chronicles. Patrons get more content from The Doll Chronicles, pre-releases, extras, and behind the scenes, so become a patron today: https://patreon.com/FrancoEsteve.

Apocalypse – The Film

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The next film in the series, Apocalypse, The Doll Chronicles is currently in production and will be released sometime in 2018. You can watch the trailer on Vimeo here or in the embedded version near the top of this page. After the success of Consequence, The Doll Chronicles, the experimental concept was well solidified and it was time to explore it further and in different directions. Franco Esteve and Emma Saura Woods had spoken about doing a story within a post-apocalyptic environment and the story of Apocalypse was born. In it, Doll faces a darkness from her past as she explores a post-apocalyptic world, but nothing is as it seems.

Be sure to like The Doll Chronicles and Franco Esteve on Facebook and follow @FrancoEsteve and @bnowhereblog on Twitter for the latest updates about the Doll Chronicles. Patrons get more content from The Doll Chronicles, pre-releases, extras, and behind the scenes, so become a patron today: https://patreon.com/FrancoEsteve.

Future Films

There will be more The Doll Chronicles short films and others in the future. For the moment, Franco Esteve is working on finishing Apocalypse, which has taken much longer than originally planned, but it will be finished. It’s music will also be released in an album sometime during the film’s festival tour.

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Thank you for watching! 🙂


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