STRATFORD’S Bafta award-winning McLeod brothers have just released a new short film – 365 – and they are hoping it will snatch them another accolade.
Greg (illustrator and animator) and Myles (writer) were working on a project last year that slightly shied away from their previous work of inventing characters, stories and worlds.
This film is a visual self-portrait of Greg’s year in 2013 and includes audio contributions from the likes of actor David Tennant, composer Gary Yershon and comedians Adam Buxton and Lucy Montgomery.
The duo have been animating a second a day – from 1st January last year to New Year’s Eve – the result, more than 1,000 hours of work have culminated in a six minute film representing a whole year’s worth of visual diary entries.
Greg said: “The final film charts the comings and goings of the year, real and imagined. I used the everyday as inspiration to create an abstract, disconnected, stream of consciousness film, which allows the viewer to find connections to create narratives and hidden meanings which may or may not be there. The film is at times witty, dark, peculiar and familiar.
“Something during the day would catch my eye or it would be something I’d read or overheard. Or it was my children who sparked an idea, or perhaps a dream I had, or an interesting building. A painting or image from a book or magazine sometimes provided the source material. Sometimes it was even a sound that informed the visuals.”
From day to day the new animation was unknown to Greg until the moment of inspiration struck. Now the individual animations are joined together.
“365 is a visual self-portrait of my year and each second is a mini story in itself,” Greg said.
“Passing of time, changing locations and emotional states and flights of improvised imaginings, all going towards the final product. We hope those watching will feel overwhelmed, delighted, laugh and to feel baffled in equal measure.”
The film is available to buy online for only $3.65 (about £2) on Vimeo. The money raised will be used by the filmmakers to send the film to International Film Festivals.To buy it, visit https://vimeo.com/ 83062918
For more about the brothers, who have previously worked with Hit, Disney, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Aardman and the RSC, visit: www.bromc.co.uk
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