Trunk animation’s Alasdair + Jock have created a classy minute-long short for the Day of the Seafarer, a global celebration held today by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as a tribute to the 1.5 million seafarers who ply their trade to keep the world’s commerce and industry afloat.

Alasdair Brotherston and Jock Mooney went on a factual journey to discover how 12 billion tons of freight is shipped around the world. The resulting film is a visual journey that makes subtle connections between all the things we take for granted, from bread to rubber ducks, to the seafarers who risk their lives to deliver them.

“We loved working on the project,” says Jock. “Not only as it was for such a good cause but the IMO gave me and Alasdair a lot of creative freedom, allowing us to build on the style we had evolved creating our short Gelato go Home!

Initially taking inspiration from the illustrations of Charley Harper and iconic 1920’s and 30’s travel posters, the work quickly evolved into a more painterly hybrid style that sits between the two sources.

“We used the same brilliant composer from Gelato Go Home!, James Orman, who produced a soundtrack just the right side of Dire Straits,” adds Jock. "Barnaby Templer at Fonic once again created the sound design. Alasdair introduced some lovely cuts and wipes. My personal favourite was seeing the icebergs turn into the cat’s ears!”

The beautiful short reads like a panel book with each shot being perfectly composed and balanced, a subtle and detailed use of colour ties the short together (right).

Use the controls right and above to read an interview with Alasdair Brotherston and view more scenes from the film.

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