Part of a series of films for the charity Spectrum. The films were commisioned by Art & Graft to portray the impact the charity has had on their service users and to raise awarness of Autism.The brief from Spectrum and Art & Graft was simple and unrestrictive, to create an animated portrait of a Spectrum service user from a selection of scripts they had compiled.
I jumped at Spectrum's offer of a visit to their care homes to meet the individuals described in the scripts, as it felt really important to research this brief first hand. During my visit to Truro I met Michelle, the inspiration behind my film. Although at first an intimidating figure, Michelle turned out to be the softly spoken guardian of an incredible object- a miniature paper world of handcrafted costumes, furniture, toys and accessories meticulously packed into a dresser drawer. This incredible creation seemed to be a kind of manifestation of an internal world Michelle had invented for her two feline characters 'Smokey' and 'Jazz' but it was also testament to her astonishing artistic talent. It was this internal world contrasted with my own exterior perspective that would become the central concept of the film.
The piece was screened along with the others in the series at the Saatchi Gallery, check out all the other amazing pieces here...http://vimeopro.com/user4829604/spectrum-portraits-project
Client: Spectrum ASD
Director: Kristian Andrews
Aditional animation: Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits
Music: Nic Gill
Production: Studio aka.
Excutive production: Art & Graft.