Jens Blank of AnimateMe! has directed a new web animation for Greenpeace UK to highlight the issue of illegal over-fishing in a simple, memorable way. Featuring a mix of stop motion and computer-generated animation, the 75-second clip for Greenpeace's homepage illustrates how EU-subsidised Spanish fleets are flouting the current laws and devastating fish stocks.
Blank worked closely with producer Charly Stanfield of Navarone, production designers Anne Gry and Skodval Pederson, fellow animators Anna Benner and Sergei Shabarov, and sound and music designers Jay Price and Paul Lambert. "My main goal was to keep things light, playful and easy to digest. I didn't want the visual side to be too literal either, so it was a case of finding interesting ways of reinforcing what the voiceover says."
Once copywriter Ruth Quayle's script was finalised and the spot's voiceover had been recorded, the team had a two-day shoot for the stop-frame and live action elements, which used children's toys and readymade objects. "It's the contrast between stop frame and CG that makes the design work," Blank says. "One element visually reinforces the other and the constant change keeps it interesting."