Train of Thought
Inspired by early cinema, flipbooks and the power of imagination. This film follows a wistful and romantic daydreamer on a train journey.
Each character was cut out by hand, and photographed frame-by-frame inside miniature paper sets
The film was conceived as a love-letter to animation, cinema, and moving images. We wanted to synthesise everything we had learned as animation students into a poetic, open ended narrative that mixed several mediums.
The film took over 9 months to produce and was a huge collaboration with actors, model makers, animators and musicians. Everything you see on screen was made by hand, including scale models of the station, train and cars.
A highlight of the project was working with Jack Wyllie of Portico Quartet, who wrote and arranged a beautiful soundtrack especially for this film.
Train of Thought had an amazing festival run, playing at over 60 film and animation festivals around the world, and picking up several awards including a Vimeo Staff Pick and the BFI’s young film-maker award.
Marie Thomas Galvin
Raquel O’ Couceiro
Arranged by Jack Wyllie