In Uki, a short stop motion film by designers Ieuan Lewis and George Warren, we follow the story about a lonely Inuit who struggles to survive after an oil tanker leaks oil off the coast of Alaska, killing all local wildlife.
As part of the BBC and the British Film Institute's (BFI) Animation scheme in 2018, it's a dark comedy about companionship, loneliness and pollution – just as relevant today, as it was two years ago. The film has, in fact, just completed a festival run.
The self-initiated project was created during Ieuan and George's final year at Kingston University, where they both studied graphic design. After experimenting with smaller film projects together throughout university and Ieuan interning with BAFTA award-winning animators, The Brothers McLeod, in 2017, they were dead-set on focusing more on moving image during their studies.
To complete the film with the budget they had, Ieuan had to move in with George's family at their home temporarily. The duo produced the film in George's garage, and Ieuan slept in a tent in the family's garden for two months while filming.
Ieuan, who currently works as a designer for Nexus Studios in London, said: "Greg McLeod got in contact with us in mid-February and told us that the BFI & BBC were looking to commission short films as part of their Animation 2018 initiative. The timing was perfect for us as we had been sitting on an idea and developing a story and being a part of this scheme has solidified what we were doing."