Death and Other Stories
It's actually all rather jolly
Remember the award-winning ideas you and your friends created at the back of a classroom, and more latterly at the pub? Starting out aged 13, Louis Hudson and Ian Ravenscroft have made a company out of the sort of animation, comedy and TV we all wish we were clever and unhinged enough to follow through. They've won those awards you dreamt about too. Here's our pick of the inside of their craniums. Click to watch the productions in full. And headphones on if you're at work.
Don't Fear Death (3 mins)
Synopsis: A narrator cheerily argues the benefits of being dead, aided by a montage of corpses in everyday situations and a dance-crazed Grim Reaper.
More: More than 50 characters appear in just 183 seconds of animation. The euphorically morbid piece was one of the last projects completed by the late Rik Mayall, who narrates the short in his inimitable fashion.
Croissant (2 mins)
Synopsis: To the increasing consternation of his companion, a man gets a crumb of croissant stuck on his face which he is unable to remove.
More: Filmed at King’s Sandwich Bar in Kings Heath, almost no adjustments were needed in readying the location. Without spoiling the narrative, there's a lot a production team can achieve with ping pong balls, syringes and cordial.
All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat) (9 mins)
Synopsis: A tiny man lives inside a cat with only his knitting to occupy him. When he sees his cat’s new owner, he becomes obsessed and decides to introduce himself.
More: The story started from a drawing Louis completed of a frustrated man punching the inside of a hollow cat. With a student tester trailer accumulating over a million views on YouTube, an accomplished script editor and funding followed.
Monday Hump Day Friday (6 secs)
Synopsis: A week of office life captured in three GIFs.
More: Increasingly LOLzy the more times you watch it, Ian‘s work at BBC Digital Guerrillas has involved a takeover of BBC Three‘s Snapchat channel which resulted in Louis’ week-themed contributions captured above. We haven't seen "Thursday" but something tells us it involves a glass. And a bottle.
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