UK, 1999, 5 minutes
Colour, Sound, Video ,35mm
A quiet city square, people strolling by, children running around. An old man sits having a sandwich with his granddaughter on a bench. He has a heart attack and falls to the ground as time stands still. We travel away from the square and across the town, down streets, through buildings, into rooms and along corridors, catching glimpses of people and snatches of sound as they exist in that one instant. Gradually the human condition unfolds before our eyes. We finally arrive in a street of terraced houses, where, in an upstairs bedroom we discover a baby being born. Time starts again. Ferment is a stunning animation film utilising Macmillan's unique time-slice camera technique.