This animation was created in response to competition held by Penguin Books in 2014 on YourFry project. The idea was to interpret any particular subject raised in his autobiography (mental health, sexuallity etc) in a creative way.
I focused specifically on a passage which Stephen Fry was describing his hypomanic state whilst he wrote the boo. I have also included the opposite side to hypomania…depression which will be illustrated through my own experience with it. This will allow us to see how vastly different they both are.
Fry and I is not only about Stephen Fry but also about myself. I have interpreted his story in a way I can relate to personally. His personal experience with hypo-mania gave me the courage to confront, explore and understand, my own depressive and manic states. Recently these had become a challenge to deal with but has helped to create this rather passionate, surreal, colourful and engaging animation.
The overall look is very much Terry Gilliam inspired. In addition I was also inspired by the ideas and imagery of the Dadaists and Surrealists artwork . These have been incorporated within the film to visually represent the dark, surreal world of hypo-mania and depression.
Link to other work submitted by others for the project: https://www.youtube.com/user/YourFry/videos?view=0&sort=dd&shelf_id=0