This project began with an email I wrote to Greenpeace, saying I wanted to help out by using my experience with visual storytelling to illustrate solutions to an aspect of the environmental crisis. The environmental crisis is so urgent. But this crisis is not new and it has felt urgent to me since I was a kid. I watched protesters hanging giant banners, and Zodiacs chasing whaling boats, and wished someday that I could do it too. That was not my path. But it occurred to me recently that I had to try and do something more than what I had been doing. This is a movement to protect the balance, the longevity, the very existence, of the natural world. Greta Thunberg said that people need to be creative about the ways they help this movement. Making these short films is a way of trying to help. These are a few short, fun and playful stories. It’s not much. But what matters about them is that they imagine a positive future without single-use plastics, something essential to work towards.
I was given the opportunity to create 3 short films for Greenpeace showing different ways to avoid plastic waste. Working directly with the Greenpeace team to develop the stories was a great experience for me. It was also fun to choose and work with a really talented team of artists.
I am very grateful in particular to Jocelyn Tsaih who brilliantly art directed these visual stories. Her style drove the entire look. I was also lucky to get audio from James Merle Thomas, sounds that really give life and mood to the films. Joshua Merck and Will Robertson are old friends. It was excellent to have them overseeing storyboards and animation. My small team of CG artists at The Molecule in NYC completed the shots and I am very grateful to Nico DelGiudice, CJ Chun and Janice Lee for their top notch work.