When the opportunity to develop a self-initiated project arose at the end of their third year, Ieuan Lewis and George Warren leapt at the chance to realise an idea for a stop-motion animation. The duo – then students on the graphic design course at Kingston University – sought advice from industry, reaching out to animators including The Brothers McLeod, who told them about the BFI funding scheme. Going on to beat over 300 entrants for a place on the programme, they came up against a tight deadline, and were soon working for over ten hours a day, seven days a week for two months. The result, Uki, is a stop-motion short film about a lonely Inuit who struggles to survive after an oil tanker leaks oil off the coast of Alaska. Premiering at the BFI today, and soon to be shown on BBC Four, we caught up with the pair to talk about the details of the process – from creating a makeshift studio in a garage, to sleeping in a tent during filming.