Animation as a tool to bring to the public's attention

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The Listening Project is a partnership between BBC Radio 4, BBC local and national radio stations, and the British Library. Since 2012 TLP have been collecting intimate conversations between friends or relatives, to build a unique picture of our lives today. TLP have collected over a thousand so far most of which have been broadcast across BBC radio, while all are archived by the British Library, preserving them for future generations. On January 2015 BBC Radio 4 Producer Marya Burgess visited Teesside University where together with the support of Senior Lecturer in Visualisation & Graphical Applications Justin Greetham, launched an initiative to convert these audio conversations into animations as part of the 1st year module - Animation Pre Production. Below is a sample of some of the work produced and that can also be found on the BBC iplayer.

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Protective Brothers | Neil & Mark

Mark has Downs Syndrome. His older brother Neil remembers him being born and has always wanted to protect him. The siblings talk about their relationship

"This conversations shows a wonderful relationship between two loving brothers, Neil and Mark. The reason why I have chosen it was the incredibly honest and sweet nature of the two and their eagerness to protect each other. It shows that despite Mark being different than other people, his well-being is always the primary goal for his older brother. I wanted to show that strong connection in my animation, while also adding a little twist as they are frogs from a far away and colourful land"

© Andreea Rosu | BA Character Animation | 2017

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Adoption | Matthew & Mike

Mike talks to his adoptive son Matthew about how he rescued him as a baby from South Vietnam

"I chose to develop the conversation between Mike and Matthew primarily because of its links with family, something I am very passionate about. Matthew was adopted in such interesting circumstances. Adopted in Vietnam, so very different from the
British family he was brought into, yet he is clearly loved just as much as Mike's other children. It's a good example for all of us how influential we can be, and how important parenthood is. I chose to make Mike an angel to represent this. My own family members have, and continue to be angels in my own life, just as Mike is to Matthew"

© Benedict Farley | BA Character Animation | 2016

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Identical Identity | Jon & Mat

Mark has Downs Syndrome. His older brother Neil remembers him being born and has always wanted to protect him. The siblings talk about their relationship

"Essentially, the feeling of struggle that the twin brothers had over the topic of personal identity caught my attention. I have always found interesting the concept of identity and what make us be “us”. From the beginning of the conversation, it got me thinking of how I could represent or convey the feelings and flow of the conversation. conversation. The visual research made me try out different ways of representing parts of the conversation, hoping to convey not only what was being told but also what was felt, in a different way"

© Mario Delgado | BA Character Animation | 2017

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More Than Just Hair | Jan & Ama

Mark has Downs Syndrome. His older brother Neil remembers him being born and has always wanted to protect him. The siblings talk about their relationship

"I love how emotive both these women are. With a history that mirrors current ongoing civil unrest, Jan embodies an inspiring, self-assured role model that any young girl would be proud of. Ama’s points echoes situations that I have personally had. I instantly recalled debates with my friendly and family on these topics. I felt I could genuinely add to the discussion, as if sat alongside the two. I believe that this conversation has cultural and political importance among those of representation, equality and acceptance of difference"

© Tamanya Thorpe Slater | BA Character Animation | 2017

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Light Sensitive | Yaxi Zhang

Mark has Downs Syndrome. His older brother Neil remembers him being born and has always wanted to protect him. The siblings talk about their relationship

"It was the first time I heard about “Xeroderma Pigmentosum”, and I was attracted by Alice’s experience immediately. As a nine-year-old girl, she should play, run and laugh. She should have a happy childhood, but she has to hide from sunshine and face death every day. There are so many pleasure of life that she has to give up. I was amazed by how strong and calm she is, and how peacefully she and her family accept their life"

© Yaxi Zhang | BA Character Animation | 2016

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GET INVOLVED

BBC radio producers have been gathering conversations from across the UK, covering everything from living with Alzheimer’s to falling in love in the front seat of a Reliant Robin. TLP continues to invite people to come and have their conversations recorded. Are you tempted? Or perhaps you know someone with a fantastic story that you’d love them to share with the world. Contact the Listening Project team - [email protected]

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About

Working with the team behind the seminal film Terminator 2, Justin couldn't have asked for a better introduction into the then fledging computer graphics industry in London during the early 1990's. Based at the Computer FIlm Company and then later at the Neville Body Research Studio together with the team at 'Lost In Space' he contributed to a range of award winning projects for film, television and new media that included clients such as the Rolling Stones, Disney, Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar, Passion Pictures, Saatchi & Saatchi, The Natural History Museum, Buena Vista International & United Artist to name but a few.

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