Parent Bench

This project was a live brief for the poet Hollie McNish. Her poem ‘Parent Bench’ is taken from her experience of awkward and forced conversations with other parents whilst their children are playing in the park.

I chose to use oil pastel relief as the medium for the animation, as the varied texture and occasional mistake-marks left by the pastels I felt created a more childlike quality. I wanted to visually translate the humour in the poem, making obvious the awkwardness of the situation in the mannerisms I animated.

Final Animation

Stills from final animation