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by Tim 8th Apr 2011 | 139 comments

I’m incredibly excited that DC Turner’s wondrous animation of my large and ranty beat-poem, Storm, has finally been released online.

Two and a half years in the making, it is the result of epic dedication from DC and from the producer, Tracy King, who has driven the whole thing from day 1.

The film was long-listed for an Animated Short Film BAFTA and has played to great acclaim at festivals, but it hasn’t actually been completed til, well… today actually.

Tracy says:
“When we first started Storm we had no idea how big it would become, but it was always our intention that this would be a free film for YouTube, and I’m so proud that that day is finally here. One of the best ways to get people to listen is to give them something to see, and I like to think of Storm as a gateway for ideas as well as a piece of entertainment, which is why we wanted to make this film. The fact that we were still making tiny changes a few hours before it went live is testament to the passion that has gone into the film and the justice we want to do to the source material. While I still maintain the best way to see Storm is to see Tim perform it live, I hope you enjoy our animated version as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Dan says:
“Making Storm has been an exhilarating, terrifying experience, and I am endlessly grateful to everybody who worked on the film.
Now stop reading this and watch the film.”

If you want to learn more about how this all came to be, try here. I hope you love it as much as I do.


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David Wegert on 4th of November 2019

I love science, but I am also interested in the paranormal. From my point of view, however, just because something is not scientifically valid does not necessarily make it invalid, at the moment.
Science has a way offering valid solutions to many questions which were formally considered paranormal, an will probably considered so in the future.
I am reminded of Authur C. Clark’s third law ” any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”

Menakshi on 8th of December 2015

That’s 2 clever by half and 2×2 clever 4 me. Thakns!

ANDY on 27th of February 2014


Ronny on 24th of February 2014

The fact that there are things that science has not yet explained does not mean that it cannot explain them; just that there is insufficient evidence (or not yet a good enough theory) for scientific testing to occur. It can also occur if an event is not reproducible, since the scientific method depends on duplication of results. This does not mean that there is no rational, science-based explanation for an event, just that the explanation cannot be formally proven.

Anyone who thinks that science claims to explain everything has not been paying attention.

On the other hand, making up fairy stories to fill in the gaps tells us nothing useful. Science is about seeking explanations that can be independently tested and confirmed, then refining those tests to gain a better explanation for the reality we all observe. Good science also has a way of demonstrating that a theory is false, a feature typically lacking in most “alternative” approaches.

@Mick Arnott: The belief that faith or religion is a prerequisite for wanting a better world and attempting to work towards it is simply mistaken. There are “good” and “bad” people on both sides of the faith/science divide. It’s not difficult to come up with examples.

Mick Arnott on 22nd of January 2014

G’day Tim! Enjoy your raw emotional outbursts, possibly because I enjoy my own… hahahaha! Then again, yours are perhaps longer than mine, and well, better put to music that mine, nevertheless, if I was to (put mine to music), you might enjoy them as much as I enjoy yours… My outbursts, on the contrary, would probably be orientated towards knocking God, Jesus, etc, for a little, because I too get upset with the state of my mind, and hurts, the church, world, etc, which I sometimes/often blame God for. Expressing a scientific understanding of God, as well as realizing the evidence I’ve been feed by other people is sometimes their hurts, just proves their faith in science requires a solid faith in science! Yes! Science can be just as much a misnomer to pure scientists, as faith can be to pure believers, well… if you have discovered pure, that is!! :-) Faith evolves, just as you point out in your poem… If faith is a gift, then perhaps science is too, and like musical talent, it can be developed or lost… Faith, music, science, money, outbursts, all live within our perceptions, but our perceptions live with a greater reality, one we might chose to believe works together for good in our lives, or even works towards knowing God… If I didn’t believe that, then I’d have no hope that my hurt; expressed in my outbursts, subsides through forgiving God, myself, and the whole rest of the human race for the awful things we try to blame God, perhaps neglecting humanity (as a whole) for. Having faith is an opportunity to at least try to live and fix our world towards the better one Jesus, and many great people, before and after, speak of, and well, forgiveness reduces my hurtful outbursts towards God too… <3 Mick

JCM on 15th of September 2013

warmed my heart, unfortunately they don’t realize that they are fuzzy thinkers.

Peter K on 12th of September 2013

The song on the end is “Hot Mama” by Fess Williams.

Brent Powell on 15th of April 2012

I’d love to stay and discuss Tim’s genius,
but to praise him incessantly, I find, would be erroneous.
YES, he’s fantastic, quite critically inclined,
but by any single definition one cannot be defined.
A hundred or more comments I feel should be panned,
for some are quite tiny, irrefutably bland.
No thought given whatsoever, merely a type and a click
before sending it off to forget about it.
But I won’t dwell on those trifles, however obnoxious,
lest the trolls become irate, those lurking foxes.
For instead of leaving some short incendiary
but crude comment, quite ordinary
I’ll be so kind as to leave you with a salute, to all the same.

Except for the trolls. To you?

Natalia (Russia) on 3rd of February 2012

“By definition, alternative medicine has either not been proved to work, or been proved not to work. Do you know what they call ‘alternative medicine’ that’s been proved to work? MEDICINE”
“I am a tiny, insignificant, ignorant bit of carbon. I have one life, and it is short and unimportant… But thanks to recent scientific advances I get to live twice as long as my great great great great uncleses and auntses..”
““Life is full of mysteries, yeah. But there are answers out there. And they won’t be found by people sitting around looking serious and saying ‘Isn’t life mysterious?’ ”

Thank you, you formulated and designed it perfectly :)!!!

James on 2nd of September 2011

Thank you for giving me a way to explain to all my friends and family how I feel about their beliefs.

Richard on 31st of May 2011

Very good.
Preaching to the choir here though. (Now where did that term come from? And is it accurate? I think most choirs just go for the singsong. Oh well, you possibly know what I meant.)

Richard on 31st of May 2011

Very good.
Preaching to the choir here though.

Jonathan Mason on 27th of May 2011

Fantastic, thanks.

Juno Gemes on 18th of May 2011

Trivia – why? All this for nothing worthwhile really. Not an idea – just a vacuum , endlessly articulated!

Francis on 6th of May 2011

Awesome! I’d rather be intolerant than ignorant, but I accept that there will always be people who don’t have a head for sense.

Lisa on 6th of May 2011

Why do I get the impression that his has really happened to you….many times.

Alice on 27th of April 2011

Brilliant piece but wow it must be a burden being so intolerant. There will always be people who don’t have a head for science (insert any topic) or acceptance of the status quo. *shrugs* It takes all types right?

Mandy May Fisch on 25th of April 2011

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant! I love you man!

Chris on 24th of April 2011

I love Tim’s passionate search for a rational, left-brain explanation for everything…but, mate, there are just too many mysterious and supernatural things happening out there for you ever to be satisfied in your search. Luv ya work!

Martin Svennes, Hamar, Norway on 23rd of April 2011

Ever had people translating your work into other languages. I’ve taken the (time and) liberty of actually translating Storm into rhyming, functional Norwegian, and it’s been a huge success at work and at parties. And don’t worry! I’m not taking credit for it. I rather belive that you are getting quite a lot of Norwegians fans around the place I live! Keep it up Tim! Love your work!!!

Victoria Cox on 21st of April 2011

Love the animated “Storm”–and all other versions. Sure wish you could perform in the Minneapolis area this year. Looks like you could fit in a concert in between Chicago and Oregon. Pretty please?

Marcio Gualtieri on 18th of April 2011

That’s about one of the most significant pieces of work ever produced by an insignificant and unimportant piece of carbon. :)

Robbie on 15th of April 2011

SmotherTeresa just YouTubed you mate (pm)…

Simply giving you my support, respect, admiration and in the same breath… acknowledging you as a strong source of inspiration.

Take care!

Brewers Wife on 15th of April 2011

I think I know a few ‘Storms’, wish I could find those words. Just great, thanks

Pedro on 13th of April 2011

There’s a Storm living in Byron hinterland who must be the archetype for this film…

Shan Jayaweera on 13th of April 2011

Its a wonderful short film – loved it.

Warbz on 13th of April 2011

Thank you for articulating this so well for all of us who have been unable to do so.

Vernonsgirl on 13th of April 2011

Why is Storm so ….. Sagittarian? Hmmm. Great animation.

Richard on 13th of April 2011

I loved this video, well done!!!! thank you for putting a smile on my face

Nick's Mum on 13th of April 2011

love your work Tim – and v.much enjoyed your SSO performance.

Andy on 13th of April 2011

I forgive people their beliefs. To be a tiny, insignificant, unimportant piece of carbon is overwhelming for many. After having their dreams crushed (a statistical certainty), they go to the grindstone so the piece of carbon they birthed out can also have their dreams crushed… I can understand why people search every corner for a promise for something more to… just… this…

However, they must promise to not try to convert me to their delusion. I have enough entities in my life, seeking my patronage/money.

Great film, by the way. Very stylish, and the facial animations really brought the characters to life. Brilliant work.

anne on 12th of April 2011

Fucking brilliant.

Alex on 12th of April 2011

Actually what I should say is congrat Tim and co. xx

The animation is awesome.

Alex on 12th of April 2011


I am amazed.

Congrats Tim. xx

Hamish on 12th of April 2011

your a legend. and the animation was awesome as well. top effort, you never fail to disappoint :)

NeeNee Newing on 11th of April 2011

I love the scooby doo bit where the guests are the characters. Also well animated and so clever…x

Pati.Feliz on 11th of April 2011

you’re the best :-)

simply brilliant

cazz on 11th of April 2011

all I can say, is its brilliant, I forgot from the ‘Premiere’ just how good it is, i’m just happy now that everyone can see what I was raving about.

Charles S. Love on 11th of April 2011

Please, please tell me the name of the piece of music and band which was played at the end over the credits?

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