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The animated short film for Daisy Chain was created to offer audiences a way to experience and share the story across social media. The beautifully crafted illustrations are taken straight from the pages of the book, accompanied by a haunting soundtrack from world renowned composer, Hylton Mowday and narrated by Academy Award Winning Actress, Kate Winslet.
When writing the film, the author only ever had one voice in mind for the narration. Having worked with actress Kate Winslet almost 20 years to the day of creating the book, Galvin set his heart on finding a way to bring the perfect voice to the perfect story. As Kate Winslet was already a vocal advocate against bullying (having fallen victim to bullying at school), it seemed like destiny to have her voice an inspirational tale to encourage others to speak up, stand up and make a difference.
The animated film took almost 15 months to create from the first draft of the script, to initial sketches from illustrator, Anthony Ishinjerro, then digital and hand-drawn frame animation. All of these elements, combined with sound design and the haunting score from Hylton Mowday, created a visually beguiling story unlike any other. The technique of using hand-drawn sketches, digital paintwork and layered artwork helped give the world of Daisy Chain a completely unique aesthetic look.
“As a child I was always drawn to Aesop's Fables which were a huge influence on my creative writing. I had always wanted to create a fantastical world in the vein of a Tim Burton fairytale or Neil Gaiman grimm fable. Dandelion and Daisy Chain gave me the opportunity to create an alternate universe, occupied by characters who create light from the dark.”
To date, the film has played to audiences all around the world, and has been selected for more than 35 international film festivals. The short film for Daisy Chain won the Audience Choice Award for Best Animation at the Charleston International Film Festival. In 2018 Daisy Chain was screened at Comic-Con in San Diego, a huge accolade for the small film.
Daisy Chain is used by many schools and institutions around the world to help teach children about bullying. It has had a hugely positive impact for anti bullying movements and continues to give adults and children a unique way with which to talk about the subject.
Galvin is the author of ‘Dandelion’ and ‘Daisy Chain’. He is an award-winning Creative Director and Founder of one of Australia’s leading creative agencies, Protein. His creative work has been awarded more than 9 International Media Wards, 6 W3 Awards, Communicator Award and a Lovie Award.
He is also a writer and director for Film and Television represented in the U.S and Australia. His short film ‘Brother’ won Best Film at the Beverly Hills Film Festival and Los Angeles Silver Lake Film Festival.
He is the father of three very creative young boys and splits his time for film, writing and design between Sydney, Los Angeles and his birth home, England.
Oscar-winning actress, Kate Winslet, kindly lent her voice to Daisy Chain. Her voice has been active in the anti bullying space for many years, with Daisy Chain becoming a vehicle with which to support those in need.
Kate is an amazing advocate for women and often champions young girls being comfortable in their own skin, a theme within the story.
Often regarded by film critics as one of the “preeminent actresses of her generation”, she has been nominated for 7 Academy Awards, winning Best Actress for The Reader in 2008.