Tohu Va Vohu

I have found out about the work of York-based illustrator Jamie Mills fairly recently, and have fallen completely in love with his beautiful illustrations, Lowry-esque line drawings that focus on themes of nature and natural history, delightfully juxtaposing dark shading with bright, primary colours. However, it’s not his drawings that I want to introduce you to; it’s his recent foray into the world of animation.

Tohu Va Vohu is Mills’ first ever short animation. At a run time of just under six minutes, it is a enchanting composition that channels themes similar to those Mills favours in his illustrative work, using that same contrast of shade and colour to stunning effect. The purpose of the film is to explore how our world is made up of “chaotic, cyclical patterns and structures” and how our we as humans come to have influence on these over time. Furthermore, it is set to a hauntingly beautiful score composed by Glacis (if you like it, is available to purchase here) which, combined with the intricate delicacy of Mill’s animations, creates something nothing short of spectacular.

Currently only the trailer is available to watch online, but Mills is applying to festivals for the full film to be showcased sometime in the future. Follow the Tohu Va Vohu page of his website for more details, including stills from the film and information about upcoming showings, as well as links to more of Mills’ beautiful designs.

– Georgie

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About Georgie Beardmore

I’m Georgie, a Creative Writing masters student at the University of Sheffield. As might be expected from someone who studies creative writing, I love writing (I write a lot -seriously, a lot), and write a variety of fiction and non-fiction things for various online and printed publications. As well as fiction, I most enjoy writing about music, the arts and student living, but I've also written things about living abroad, travel and local projects and events, as well as waffling about whatever takes my fancy on my blog. I am also heavily involved in student radio; I've been part of Forge Radio (the University of Sheffield's student radio station) for nearly four years now, helping run the station over the last two first as Secretary and then as Assistant Station Manager. Every week I present my own weekly specialist folk music show 'What The Folk?' (the show is as pun-filled as its name would suggest), on which I aim to promote new and exciting folk musicians from across the UK, and this year I've also been a part of organising some gigs as part of 'Forge Presents...', Forge Radio's series of live music events. I'm incredibly passionate about both music and the arts, and so am really excited to be part of the Born In Britain campaign and the opportunity to showcase the wealth of talent both Sheffield and the UK has to offer.

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