Uki: A bleak but enthralling stop-motion animation

Ieuan Lewis and George Warren, a pair of graphic design students at Kingston University, have created a stop-motion animation as part of the BFI’s Animation 2018 scheme.

Entitled Uki, the bleak-but-beautiful five-minute short follows a lonely Inuit and his dog as they struggle to survive after an oil tanker leaks off the coast of Alaska, killing off the local wildlife and his only food source. Despite having not a word of dialogue, Lewis and Warren have managed to work depth into the story through subtle character expressions, eerie sound design by Tom Angell, and a stark surrounding set.

Uki is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.

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