“Weather the Storm” by Trunk & Radish Pictures is just exquisite animation short set to a song, examining a difficult time – in this case, bereavement, in under 5 minutes. Unsurprisingly, it won an award in the 2016 British Animation Awards.
I heard the most wonderful quote recently from a TV presenter, Sandi Toksvig, almost a throwaway line as she chatted with a contestant on the Great British Bake Off: “Marriage is everything and nothing” meaning it’s made up of the seemingly insignificant daily stuff and yet it’s an important relationship which colours our life. This video contemplates loss through a tiny part of daily life (toothpaste and toothbrushes) – gently observed and ultimately positive.
The song on the soundtrack is “Weather the Storm” by Benjamin Scheuer, from the album “The Lion”. More about his work on his website here.
Director: Peter Baynton for Radish Pictures.
Producer: Daniel Negret
Exec producer: Richard Barnett
both at Trunk.
I love the gentle watercolour like textures and way it conveys the central figure as struggling to go forward despite a strong headwind against him, while other characters nonchalently and speedily bounce by, often in the opposite direction, through simple landscapes. In this one still, shown below, you can see the contrast: the main character holding onto a bench arm for grim life, just to stay still in the storm of emotions, while another person sits nonchalently on the bench, reading a newspaper, chomping on a sandwich and drinking a cuppa.