Commute of the Crow (2014)
" It's 9:00am on a dreary Monday morning. London is packed with traffic jams, ambling pedestrians and disgruntled taxi drivers. Will Mr Crowe be able to make it to work on time?"
Commute of the Crow was my first attempt at creating an animated short using 2D stop motion techniques. It was created using 225 paper cut-outs, 22 hand drawn backgrounds and thousands of individual photos. From concept to completion, the animation took 4 months to make.
Music: "Standing Here" by Silent Partner
Sound effects: freesound.org
Commute of the Crow began life as a paper collage that I made, inspired by the works of Gary Russell. I often found myself imagining the scene in motion: Cars whizzing around on roads that looped around skyscrapers, the Crow-man 's outline etched against the over-sized, monochromatic sun, an atmosphere thick with smog from the bustling traffic...
At this point in my life, I was not an Animator or film-maker of any kind. I was trying to became a Freelance Illustrator, but as my Partner pointed out to me on a regular basis: "The work you're producing looks more like parts of a story, rather an Illustrations. Why don't you try and make a film instead?"
Taking his advice, I bought a small Rostrum and decided to use the collage as a starting point for a little stop-motion film. The plot was going to be simple: Mr Crowe was late for work, and had to get to get there as quickly as possible!
As a beginner, the point of the film was to get a character up and moving about, so I chose to stick with 2D cut-outs of photographs to create the characters, vehicles and interactive objects.