This award winning animation was entirely written and produced in-house with the initial intention of helping a school in the village where I live. They were doing workshops with all their children to teach them about autism. I offered to help and they took me up on the offer. Like most side projects it was created in my downtime, fueled with love and favours from many talented friends and colleagues. It took the best part of 2 years but it an entirely rewarding and enlightening experience.
By addressing this difficult topic at an early age we hope to help children understand the strengths, as well as the difficulties, associated with autism while preventing stigmas and erroneous stereotypes, which are usually borne out of misinformation.
The animation has had an incredible reception. Since April up until the time of writing it has been viewed over 50 million times, dubbed into many languages (via community contributions), it has been shared over a million times and, most importantly, I have been inundated with messages from parents, teachers and children saying how it has helped them to explain and understand autism.
Direction: Studio Tinto
Narration: David Gant
Advisers: Prof. Tony Attwood & Emma Louise Burdett
Script: Alex Amelines
Sound recording / Mix: Mike Avgeros at Soho Sonic Studios
Score: Chris Harrington