“…One is like bright light. Two is a movement from left to right. Five is like a clap of thunder or the sound of a wave against a rock.”
Daniel Tammet is known as an “autistic savant” and has often written about his life with high-functioning autism and savant syndrome, this film aimed to illustrate his mental process and synaesthetic mental process with numbers.
“Daniel can do calculations to 100 decimal places in his head, and learn a language in a week. ‘The Boy With The Incredible Brain’ follows Daniel as he travels to America to meet the scientists who are convinced he may hold the key to unlocking similar
abilities in everyone. He also meets the world’s most famous savant, KIm Peek, the man who inspired Dustin Hoffman’s character in the Oscar winning film ‘Rain Man’”
At BDH we were challenged to find a visual language to illustrate Daniel’s thought patterns for this, and my contribution were the numbers themselves.