London-based animation collective, Moth, swoop to collect a YCN Professional Award for their giddy and ghoulish short , 'I Will Miss You'.
The first winning piece of moving image from our 2014 YCN Professional Awards comes from the London-based Moth Collective. RCA graduates, Dave Prosser, Daniel Chester, and Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits, chose to join forces in 2010, united by their shared love of drawn animation. Under the Moth moniker, the trio have gone on to develop a characterful portfolio of both personal projects, and commissioned work, including their awarded film, 'I Will Miss You'; an unmissable ghost tale for the net generation.
Directed by Dave Prosser, who balances his time at Moth with a role at multi-award winning London animation agency, Studio AKA, 'I Will Miss You' blends an unnerving story of digital permanence with irresistibly buoyant graphic wit. From the use of a striking blue, red, and yellow colour scheme down to the titling of 'GIFUZACHANCE', the blog leading to our protagonist's demise, every detail of Moth's animation brings humour to what is a fairly bleak look at a man's relationship with his online self.
'I Will Miss You' was originally created for Late Night Work Club, a rotating collective of indie animators, including the likes of Eamonn O'Neill and Ciaran Duffy. Moth's film opened the club's 'Ghost Stories' showreel, which collected together animations exploring such themes as ghosts, death and the supernatural.
As a collective, Moth show a real breadth of style and tone, and have recently been involved in some hugely impressive charity commissions. Alongside producing animations for WWF, the Freedom of Palestine campaign, and the Global Canopy Programme, the team were responsible for visualising 'Sarah's Story', an expertly balanced short for NSPCC. In this piece, designed by Daniel Chester, Moth build on the 'light at the end of the tunnel' analogy to accompany an abuse victim's voiceover with a subtle yet powerfully moving piece of animation.
The collective also recently completed an exciting commission for Jillian Sclesinger's feature documentary, 'Maidentrip'. Their series of delicate watercolour animations help to illustrate the life of Laura Dekker, and her pursuit to become the youngest person ever to sail solo around the globe.
To find out more about Moth Collective, and view some of their animations in full, visit their online portfolio.
For more information on Late Night Work Club, visit their website.
The YCN Professional Awards set out to showcase the freshest creative talent at work around the world. Find out more about the programme and this year's winners here.