City On Fire

A short animation that gives a resident’s point of view of the 2011 riots across England. Screened at Leeds International Film Festival, The UK Film Festival, Cannes In A Van , and My Street

The whole world watched in shock, and none were more shocked than those whose communities directly hit by the violence. In London, resident and blogger, Heather Taylor recorded the audio of her experience.

This animation combines this pre-recorded audio with sounds from the riots, along with a cut-out world of buildings and characters to capture the fluctuating emotions this resident felt when she encountered a suddenly unfamiliar neighbourhood.

We designed the characters and modelled the structures by hand, before lighting the scene and capturing the movement in stop-frame, compositing the final piece together.

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