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Published on Mar 22, 2012

Animation inspired by the poster Underground -- for the Amusements of the People by A S Hartrick, 1913, from the collection of London Transport Museum. Produced by Joanna Adamska, Katrín Elíasdóttir, Zi Qing Gao and Ana García: MA Character Animation students at Central Saint Martins College of Arts And Design. Part of London Transport Museum's Access to Art project, 2012.

The poster: "Our initial reaction to the poster was, firstly, the sense of motion it evoked, so our first thought was to make a dynamic animation. We also noticed that the palette was simple and the composition was strong but full of space."

The animation: "Coming from these initial ideas and merging them with some other underground and city references..., we created a little world in the shape of the London Underground logo. The upper part corresponds to London as a city and the lower part is an imaginary representation of the underground, which also relates to river
Thames. It is like a clockwork machine or toy that is activated by the dancers' movement and keeps going in a cycle of motion and transformations. The camera leads the movement, but also behaves as the passing time, which is cyclic, as a routine that people follow everyday. Both parts of the world are connected: the trees are the roots of the city, that are made of the tube lines, on which the buildings rest. Between the above ground and below ground rest the Underground which are the link to everything. The target for this short film could be anybody: we wanted to create a piece that would be nice to watch, something that would make people curious."

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