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Everything you need to know to read "Frankenstein" - Iseult Gillespie

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In 1815, Lord Byron proposed a challenge to a few literary guests he had gathered in his house on Lake Geneva: Who could write the most chilling ghost story? This question sparked an idea in eighteen-year-old Mary Shelley who, over the next few months, crafted the story of “Frankenstein.” Iseult Gillespie shares everything you need to know to read Mary Shelley’s classic novel.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Iseult Gillespie
  • Director Silvia Prietov
  • Animator Silvia Prietov, William Cifuentes
  • Producer Silvia Prietov
  • Art Director Silvia Prietov
  • Storyboard Artist Silvia Prietov
  • Designer Andrés Felipe Landazábal
  • Character Designer Andrés Felipe Landazábal
  • Layout Artist Andrés Felipe Landazábal
  • Compositor Julian Andrés Sánchez
  • Sound Designer Andrés Silva, Alejandro Uribe-Holgin
  • Composer Manuel José Gordillo
  • Associate Producer Jessica Ruby
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Susan Zimmerman

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