10 Years Before Happiness

Haunted by strange nightmares, a man is compelled to travel into his own mind after the delivery of a mysterious black book and confront his demons.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Murray Toews

Filmmaker’s statement

10 Years Before Happiness is a personal, subjective journey into my own past and neglected memories, trapped within an underworld city in the 1980s.

This film echoes Dante’s Inferno in that it describes a journey into a limbo world in lucid detail; a personal series of allegorical and subjective experiences, moods, misperceptions, self-imposed delusion and phantasmagorical lusts witnessed by the narrator and guided by the Minstrels of Madness.

The overall narrative follows a path that gradually descends to a lower and darker realm of my tormented, subconscious landscape.

About Murray Toews

Murray Toews

Murray’s creative work spans the disciplines and media of drawing, video, film, set-dressing, audio-art and digital/analog hand-drawn animation.

He received a bachelor of fine arts (first class honours) degree from the University of Manitoba with a thesis in advanced drawing.

The years of visual experimentation has led Murray to a process-driven animation technique that creates rapidly animated shorts using audio-art and drawings as a starting point.

In 2005 he curated Animator/Re-Animator festival, a visual exploration and the evolution of the independent animator. The festival represented 18 animated works from Canadian Prairie animators from 1990 to 2004 with screenings in Canada and Japan.

He went on to create and produce a live animation/music performance, in collaboration with musician Jay Taylor, based on a process of errors named Manufacturing Malfunction 3.0 that premiered at the Winnipeg IMAX theatre. Since then, his animated shorts have appeared in festivals throughout Canada and USA.

In 2012, his animated short Thought Camera, Reel One: “Circus of Objects” was an official selection for the NSI Online Short Film Festival.

10 Years Before Happiness is his latest short film where he combines story, process-driven animation, original music and special effects into one hybrid film.

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