Creative Animation Explores A Hot Topic The Australian bushfire crisis provides the backdrop for a clever piece of animation created by Darcy Prendergast. Prendergast, who has created music videos for Green Day, Gotye and Aloe Blacc, wrote, directed and animated the short in association with…
Creative Animation Explores A Hot Topic
The Australian bushfire crisis provides the backdrop for a clever piece of animation created by Darcy Prendergast. Prendergast, who has created music videos for Green Day, Gotye and Aloe Blacc, wrote, directed and animated the short in association with production studio Oh Yeah Wow.
The video, which focuses primarily on a palette of yellow, orange and red, follows several different scenes build around a circular shape in the centre of the frame. What you see are bleak, stark and dry scenes that are much the same as what is being left behind by the devastating fires Down Under.
In the constantly changing scenes are visual references to animals and children and the helplessness they feel. This, by the way, is not a happy, touchy-feely video.
Call it a political statement that firmly points the finger at fossil fuel waste and puts pressure on politicians to do something meaningful. At least as meaningful as the powerful message that is contained within the video.
And that is the point of “Tomorrow’s On Fire.”
You can read about the bushfire crisis online, hear the sound bites in the daily news but the most effective way to get you to understand what is happening is through animation. Expect to see a wave of creative responses in the coming months that focus on global environmental issues.
Maybe something good will come from all the destruction to date in Australia. In the eyes of animator Darcy Prendergast, things are going to get a whole lot worse if there isn’t significant change on the horizon.
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