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Towards the Sea (2005)


He must take the whale to the safety of the sea, along the way he meets two magical ladies who promise to help and a big metal demon that promises to do anything but.

Towards the Sea was made in collaboration with harpist Serafina Steer and flautist Bernadette Danford. The music, Toward the Sea 3 for flute and harp by Toru Takemitsu, was played live by Sefa and Bernadette simultaneously as the film was shown.

It was my first stop-motion animation film and was shot on my bedroom floor in Camberwell.

The story was inspired by the music of the same name – a piece (of music) that was originally commissioned for the save the whale campaign. I took saving the whale quite literally, making this the task of the film’s hero.