I have worked on many films, which use CGI to create incredible scenarios – from volcanic eruptions to solar storms and a supertornado (BBC, Channel 4, Discovery etc.) I’ve also worked on animated projects and enjoy the freedom this gives you to create quite fantastical worlds. I want this film to use animation, but to also have a very strong aesthetic. I was wondering around our house thinking about how this could work. I looked up at my wall and my answer was staring me in the face.
We have a couple of prints for one of my favourite illustrators – Graham Carter. I contacted Graham to see if he would be interested in collaborating. He told me that he had just signed to animation company Ticktockrobot, run by Simon Armstrong and based in Brighton. I sent them both the outline for my story and they were both interested in being involved. We met in London and I knew immediately that they understood what I wanted to do. For me working with like-minded people is one of the most important things when making a film.
Their work is also very beautiful and original – see the Ticktockrobot website: