'Olympic Vermin': A Torch Relay for London's Squirrels, Pigeons, and Rats

An animated short recasts the Greek tradition with a scrappy set of urban critters. 

This animated short pays tribute to the London 2012 Olympics, with a twist -- recasting the Greek tradition with a scrappy set of urban critters. A discarded cigarette stars as the flame itself. The short is by Amael Isnard and Leo Bridle.

 "It’s hard not to be a bit excited about everything going on in the city, but at the same time we felt detached from the image of London being sent out to the world. The idea of dirty urban animals staging their own ‘trash olympics’ seemed like a great way to show the true spirit of London!" Bridle explains. He sent over a couple behind-the-scenes images of how they shot the pigeon's-eye-view footage, below:

For more videos by Amael Isnard and Leo Bridle, visit amaelisnard.com and leobridlefilms.co.uk.

Via Jason Sondhi.

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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