Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Child soldier-BBC world Service

Around March time I along with my fellow Ma student were approached to create a series of short animations based on audio interviews conducted by the BBC worldwide service. We were given the subject at random (with a little swapping going on between individuals) and were given a minute extract form a much longer interview.

I was given the diffiuclt but rewarding challenge to visualise part of Deng Adut's story, Deng is currently a Lawyer based in Australia, however he was taken form his home country where he had been taken form his mother and sibling and made to serve as a child solider. He was tourchered, beaten and extremely ill after living in awful conditions. Although it isn't mentioned in the audio clip Dengs brother actually managed to save him and get himself and Deng out of the country, he also told Deng to become a lawyer to help in gain a voice for children like himself. There is a nod his brother within the animation as he was clearly an important figure in Deng's past his brother returned to sudan to help other children escape and was unfortunately killed).

I worked with connect artist Carwyn David, as i felt his style would best suite the idea i had for the film.//vimeo.com/182285521

You can also see the animation and the addition articles on the BBC World Service page here.