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My City

A visual character arc. This film covers a man's career and life and what is important to him in a condensed and abstract way. A student film focussed on visual storytelling through animation and developing the character arc for future films and stories.

Lloyd Fudlegh overlooks the city he thought he once owned. He reminisces over his notorious career to reach an epiphany of the reasons why it went wrong.

The voice over for the film was performed by Brian Cox (Man Hunter, Troy, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, et al)

  • Fraser Murdoch
  • Brian Cox
    Key Cast
    Try, Manhunter, Rise of The Planet of The Apes
  • Fraser Murdoch
  • Lynsey Schaschke
    Character Design
  • Dale Duncan
    Graphics Assistant
  • Fraser Murdoch
  • Iain McLachlan
    Live Action Reference
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 18, 2012
  • Production Budget:
    0 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Ickle Film Festival
    September 13, 2012
  • Regal Animation Showcase
    United Kingdom
    September 24, 2016
  • Short Film Festival of Ireland
    County Dublin
Director Biography - Fraser Murdoch

Murodch's day job is in film and television as a visual effects compositor and supervisor, working on the likes of STARZ's Outlander, adverts and features.

His debut in filmmaking, the short student film My City, starred Brian Cox and was directed as part of an animation course.

Since then, Murdoch has produced several shorts and micro-shorts, with an animated short film and proof-of-concept called "Bab: The Man Who Took Too Much" currently in production in Scotland.

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Director Statement

This film was very experimental at the time. I was studying an animation course and had an original story I wanted to tell, but it was a long story and I had to find a way to tell the story using the animation techniques I wanted to be graded on.

Studying the filmic language and cinematic storytelling, I was able to combine those techniques with the said animation techniques to put across the lengthy story of one man's subjective point of view of his entire career - all condensed into 6 minutes!

I think the effect eventually was quite a busy piece, but one that has gone through considerable thought. Definitely a big learning experience in my filmmaking life which I will never forget!