Plastic Pollution Project, an infographic film.

This was one of the first graphic films made about Plastic Pollution. My employer, the BBC in Plymouth refused to show it and deftly ignored what was and still is one of the greatest threats to our planet. It took another 8 years for the subject to be tackled, promoted by David Attenborough as though it had suddenly become a problem. Here we are in 2022, little has changed. We will inevitably choke on plastic.

A short motion graphic film about plastic pollution in our seas. The source material is a series of high resolution stills, stitched together into a wide panorama extending to over 50,000 pixels. Artwork has been done to separate the original footprints in the sand. These are revealed as the shadow of a figure created in CG walks through the scene. Water effects, ripples, waves and splashes are composited over the walking graphic with the sound of the waves and footsteps provided by location recordings made on the same day as the shoot in Marazion, Cornwall. The debris featured in the piece is as found on the day.

2D graphics created in Adobe Photoshop CC and adobe after Effects CC, and 3D animated graphic overlays created in Lightwave 3D illustrate the origin of some of the material and a text commentary gives statistics relevant to the plastic and other items featured.

Thanks to FreeSFX for some of the incidental sound effects. Thanks also for support, advice and encouragement from Plastic Oceans, 5Gyres and the Plastic Soup Foundation.

Created by: Ian Harrold |

Supported by;

Marine Conservation Society

Surfers Against Sewage

Duration: 234

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