Research

For this project I will be working with Jakub Bojanowski and Gianni Francesco.

Our brief:

Bring to life historical BBC radio news scripts. A literal or figurative interpretation of the script for animation visuals.  Look to push genre, narrative, character and art in different ways.

The three principles of the BBC: Inform, educate and entertain.

Our radio script:Screen Shot 2016-11-06 at 22.21.45.png

BBC Home: 1967 Bombs rain down on Torrey Canyon

So we got together for a team meeting and the first thing we did was to plan our project out on Asana. Our basic plan:Screen Shot 2016-11-07 at 14.16.45.png

So we thought of all the elements we would need to research for this assignment and loosely split them up into groups for each of us to tackle. I’m looking into wildlife affected by the oil spill (effect on coast and damage toll); different styles of our short animation; the use of contrast (in all aspects, to create a more thrilling, adrenaline short) and the camera angles and shots.

Jakub is looking into the location, time period, colour scheme and composition while Gianni is researching the tone/emotion, simulations and the ship itself.


Originally we were going to do a reactant of what happened to the oil tanker but we had a chat with Michael and he brought up the two most important points which we completely missed: the narrative and meaning! We discussed them and soon were exploding with ideas for what we could do to make our short a lot more creative.

Oil Effect on Coast and Wildlife

We looked up news reports:

theguardian

  • “On the morning of Saturday 18 March 1967, the Torrey Canyon ran aground on Pollard’s Rock between Land’s End and the Isles of Scilly. Over the following days, every drop of the 119,328 tonnes of crude oil borne by this 300m-long supertanker seeped into the Atlantic. Thousands of tonnes despoiled the beaches of Cornwall – and thousands more were propelled by winds and currents across the channel towards France.”
  • “An estimated 15,000 birds were killed. Seals and other marine life also perished.”

BBC

  • “Although the operation was declared a success, the Navy came in for some criticism for months as around a quarter of the 42 bombs dropped on the stationary target failed to hit it.”
  • “Some 42 vessels sprayed over 10,000 tons of detergents onto the floating oil to emulsify and disperse it – but as these substances were extremely toxic to many marine organisms they caused even further damage.”

BBC Home

  • “A report into the effect on the marine environment found that the detergent killed far more marine life than the oil.”
  • “The shipwreck has coated miles of Cornish beach in brown sludge, in the worst environmental disaster to date.”

BBC Home 2

  • “The vessel was bombed for two days until it finally sank on 30 March 1967 and the oil slick was eventually dispersed by favourable weather.”
  • “Worst hit were the Cornish beaches of Marazion and Prah Sands, where sludge was up to a foot deep.”

NOAA

 

Birdlife

Birds of Cornwall:

Little Egret

Puffin:

Kittawake:

Herring Gull

I picked these birds because they are either white in colour or an iconic species to the British isles. We could base our bird on one of these species or do a mash up.

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