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

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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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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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