A film created by a BA (Hons) Computer Games Arts & Animation alumnus will air on BBC4, following its premiere at the British Film Institute (BFI) next week.
UCA Rochester graduate Jordan Buckner was this year selected for Animation 2018, an initiative offering grants to 12 up-and-coming filmmakers working in animation to help them realise their first broadcast project. Jordan’s film //_sleeper will be shown at the BFI on Monday (19 November).
“It's amazing to be shortlisted for Animation 2018. I'm hugely proud to make work alongside these other amazingly talented animators and to have it shown across the BFI and BBC,” Jordan, who lives in Maidstone, says.
The film explores themes of ambiguity, confusion and alienation. Set in a dying industrial town, //_sleeper tells the story of Frank, a recluse who wakes each day to a strange anomaly on the horizon. Frank sits and watches daily as the anomaly moves in the distance, with his computers and cameras trained on the strangeness on the edge of town.
“The film is a kind of mixed media animation, predominantly crafted using CG animation, but also exploring 2D and stop-motion principles throughout,” Jordan explains.
“I've spent the past five years working as a freelance CG artist and animator, but this has been an incredible opportunity to start making work of my own again. The funding not only allowed me to make this strange film, but also to create something that had no restraints on ideas or form. It was a bit of a wild experiment, one that has taught me so much about my direction ahead as a filmmaker.”
Monday’s premiere at the BFI will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers, as well as BBC Four's Cassian Harrison, Director of the British Animation Awards Helen Brunsdon, and the BFI's Justin Johnson and Jez Stewart.
Jordan adds: “It is a huge confidence boost and dream to create work for the BFI and BBC. Hopefully, this is just the start of more personal projects to come.”