When the Tides Went Down: 'Barebones’ production techniques for independent animation

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When the Tides Went Down is a short animated film written, directed and designed by Jordan Buckner. It was made as part of BBC New Creatives, a BBC Arts and Arts Council funded scheme to support young filmmakers in the UK. The film was aired on 26th April 2020, on BBC4 and BBC iPlayer.

The film, and its production, explore a number of key research themes. In its storytelling, 'When the Tides Went Down' uses nuanced forms of climate activism and messaging to express concerns for the future and engage with its audience.

Whilst in its production, the film leans heavily on independent, lo-fi animation techniques in order to appropriately convey its message.

The synopsis for the film is as follows:
"As climate change threatens our future, how do we come to terms with the end of our existence? When the Tides Went Down is a short animation exploring our different responses to these turbulent times."
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationThe Turner Contemporary Gallery, Kent, England
PublisherBritish Broadcasting Corporation
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2019
EventLate Night Live: Turner Prize 2019 - Turner Contemporary, Margate, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Nov 201915 Nov 2019


  • Animation
  • Film
  • Film Production
  • Art direction
  • Climate Change
  • Activism
  • Folk Horror
  • Independent Filmmaking


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