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Tom Fun Orchestra’s Bottom Of The River by Alasdair Brotherston and Jock Mooney

David Knight - 16th Oct 2009

Nominated at Tuesday's MVAs for Best Animation in a Video, Alasdair Brotherston and Jock Mooney's promo for Canadian band Tom Fun Orchestra is a beautifully-crafted silhouette animation, featuring a motley crew of bin bags that come lugubriously to life in their watery dumping ground.

Bottom Of The River was inspired by Lotte Reiniger's Prince Achmed and animated in a mix of 2D and 3D. Then it was composited with backgrounds hand-painted on acetate to give a murky, underwater aesthetic. The result is utterly charming - with an eco message to boot.

This is Alasdair and Jock's second promo for TFO following last year's Throw Me To The Rats - which featured live-action cut-outs of grotesque stage performers. That won best music video at the Nickel Independent Film Festival and went on to be nominated for a Nova Scotia award. And there are probably more honours to come for this one.

David Knight - 16th Oct 2009


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