Second to None: Vincent Gallagher's animated film that shows you're never too old to settle a score

"You're never too old to settle a score," reads the description of Second to None, an award-winning animated film by Irish writer and director Vincent Gallagher.

Produced by Damian Farrell at Dublin's independent production company, Caboom, the stop-motion film focuses on the ambition of the world's second-oldest man. When Frederick's twin brother becomes the world's oldest man by a mere minute, Frederick finally sees his chance to take first place, by whatever means necessary.

Shot over six months with a core team of just four people. Everything you see on screen was meticulously handcrafted specifically for the film. It was animated by Jason Watts, characters were designed and fabricated by Pierre Butler and sets were designed and built by Aoife Noonan of Bowsie Workshop.

What inspired the film? "I was looking to explore ideas about ambition and harmful determination when I read an article about Jiroemon Kimura becoming the world's oldest living person," Vincent tells Creative Boom. "He succeeded Dina Manfredini who only held the title for 13 days. So that got me thinking about how someone would go about orchestrating their own success in that very niche area."


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