Here’s a glimpse behind the scenes on Rattle That Lock. We took a load of photos as visual reference for our mega-talented illustrator Jock Mooney. It’s fun to see various animators and Trunk people in cameo roles throughout the piece
Trunk Animation’s epic music video for David Gilmour’s new single Rattle That Lock started with a brief but intriguing phone call back in March.
‘Hi it’s Fiz Oliver, the producer at Hipgnosis. We’d like to come in and have a chat about a project for David Gilmour.’
The opportunity to work with such an iconic studio for such a renowned musician was both extremely exciting and slightly daunting for directors Alasdair + Jock.
Hipgnosis was created in 1968 when Creative Director Aubrey Powell teamed up with close friend Storm Thorgerson, and together they re-wrote the visual language of album covers. They created some of the most outstanding images in music history for Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Black Sabbath, 10CC, and Pink Floyd. Powell and Thorgerson famously brought London’s air traffic to a standstill when the large inflatable pig they were using as a prop for the Pink Floyd ‘Animals’ album shoot broke free from Battersea Power Station and drifted into Heathrow’s international flight path. Since Storm Thorgerson passed away in early 2013, Aubrey Powell has consistently worked with David Gilmour and Pink Floyd, continuing the tradition of bespoke design.
David GiImour has stood at the pinnacle of musical achievement for over forty years. A core member of Pink Floyd, the singer, songwriter and virtuoso guitarist’s unique sound can be heard on his latest solo project “Rattle That Lock”. The title track on the album of the same name was inspired by an unlikely mix of the French SNCF rail announcement jingle and John Milton’s epic 17th century poem Paradise Lost.
David Gilmour’s song, with lyrics by Polly Sampson, was inspired by Book Two of Milton’s poem which sets out to deal with the grandest of themes. The poem, which encompasses twelve books, concerns the Biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. In book one Milton lays bare his intention, to “justify the ways of God to men”.
With a brief to reference Gustave Doré’s sensational mid-19th century illustrations for Paradise Lost, the project needed a team who could not only bring the intricately detailed etchings to life but could do so in a manner that captured the depth, drama and scale of both Gilmour’s song and Milton’s poem.
Trunk directors Alasdair + Jock were perfectly placed for the project. Taking advantage of the rare but well-judged need of a development period, the team set to work studying the poem and its wider significance. The film’s rich narrative takes its main inspiration from the first three books of Milton’s poem but incorporates details from all twelve.
The film follows the fall of Satan from the kingdom of Heaven and his subsequent journey through Pandemonium, Purgatory and Chaos on his way to corrupt the virgin Earth. As the tale plays out, Satan takes on new forms as his character also progresses. Starting as the beautiful yet fearful Fallen Angel he is first re-born as a sinister, masterful Cormorant before finally transforming into a lithe Serpent that wreaks havoc on the Earth in a cloud of jealousy and rage.
Having both attended Edinburgh College of Art, Alasdair + Jock revelled in the opportunity to develop the imagery and weave some of their favourite art references into the mix. Goya, Bosch, Piranesi, Bernini and John Martin were all heavily referenced, as were smaller details from the famous ‘She Wolf’ Roman statue, a subtle skeletal illustration from ‘The Birth of Venus’ by Botticelli and an Otto Dix inspired dead horse. A particular favourite of the team is a sequence set in a petrified forest, influenced by Gustave Doré’s illustrations for The Inferno and German printmaker Albrecht Dürer.
Once David Gilmour and Polly Samson had signed off the overall concept, Trunk’s producer Richard Barnett pulled together a team of 12 animators, art-workers and compositors. Over the next three months Alasdair + Jock threw lakes of fire, petrified lost souls, and even the hounds of hell at the team. With Jock creating massive original drawn artworks for the backgrounds and Alasdair pulling all the elements together in the composite, the team worked tirelessly to create mesmerising sequences.
With the creative bar set so high, technical challenges were never too far away. The level of quality in the animation came at a cost, both in time and resources. Each frame went through a range of different processes. The animation was roughed out, cleaned up and had layers of art-working added. The animation was then composited with highly detailed backgrounds, adding further lighting, effects and camera moves. Finally, the whole sequence was sent through a colour grade at Glassworks.
Working with the talented sound designer Barnaby Templer and his team at Fonic, the film was brought to life with layered foley and sound effects, which were then delicately mixed with David Gilmour’s track.
The finished film has all the elements that we have come to expect from an Alasdair + Jock animation. A beautiful play of light evokes the softness of Doré inspired prints, while the strong visual narrative captures the epic nature of Milton’s poem. A dark humour underlines many of the scenes and the detailed imagery reveals countless references to the poem layered throughout.
The video demonstrates Trunk’s position as one of the country’s leading animation production companies, with a client list that boasts the likes of Blur, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Elbow, Hot Chip, Madness and Coldplay amongst others.
The finished video will accompany the release of the album by the same name on social media. The De Luxe Box Set also includes a documentary by Aubrey Powell, charting both the making of the song and the animation process itself.
Director: Alasdair + Jock
Producer: Richard Barnett
Production Company: Trunk Animation
Creative Director: Aubrey Powell @ Hipgnosis
Producer for Hipgnosis: Fiz Oliver
Associate Producer: Daniel Negret
2D Animation: Layla Atkinson, Alasdair Brotherston, Stuart Doig, Carlos De Faria, Alex Potts
3D Animation: Clélia Leroux, Rok Predin
Art Workers: Rachel Callinan, Ana Garcia, Théo Gremillet, Laura Ireland, Reina Shibahara
Illustration: Jock Mooney
Compositing: Alasdair Brotherston, Andy Hague
Audio Post Production: Fonic
Sound Editor: Marty O’Brien
Sound Design and Mix: Barnaby Templer
Grade: Matt Hare @ Glassworks
Producer for Glassworks: Paul Schleicher
Music: David Gilmour/ Michaël Boumendil / Lyrics: Polly Samson
A Hipgnosis Ltd Production
Rattle That Lock published by Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd., administered by Imagem UK Ltd. / Sixième Son Édition
© 2015 David Gilmour Music Ltd.
For further information, please contact:
Richard Barnett, Trunk Animation
Tel: 0207 407 0221
Having just finished a new lyric video for the Rolling Stones and currently working on a top secret project for a rock legend, Trunk were approached by Parlophone to work on the video for Blur’s new single. ‘Ong Ong’.
The penultimate track on Blur’s newest and critically acclaimed, Number 1 album The Magic Whip is “Ong Ong”, which has been given the Trunk treatment by directors Layla Atkinson and Pete Mellor.
Blur’s Creative Director Tony Hung’s concept of a classic arcade game video required the animatic to be pinned down as quickly as possible. Working with Tony, Trunk’s directors nailed it in just a couple of days, whilst a crack team of animators were lured into the studio, and 7 days later with only one killer all-nighter, the video was complete!
Influenced by the classic games such as Mario Bros, Donkey Kong and Pac – Man the video features the cute Mr OK, a bouncing ball which can be seen on the Ong Ong cover art, on a quest to be reunited with his girlfriend. In this wonderful traditional narrative, each level features a ‘Boss’ that our hero has to defeat. The riotous live-action sequence at the end of the video identifies each ‘Boss’, which were superbly characterised in digital form by Peepshow Collective’s very own Spencer Wilson. The gorgeous colourful palette used and playful nature of the video perfectly mirrors the fun and pop feel of the song.
Layla notes, “The song is full of fun and is very catchy which lent itself perfectly to Tony’s arcade game theme. As a big fan of the look from those early video games it was great to research them and to recreate classic 8 bit games such as Pong and Astro pinball”
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Track: ONG ONG
Director: TONY HUNG
Production company: TRUNK ANIMATION
Animation direction: LAYLA ATKINSON and PETE MELLOR
Producer: RICHARD BARNETT
Associate Producer: DANIEL NEGRET
Illustration: SPENCER WILSON
Animation: AMY SUTTON, LESLEY DART, LAYLA ATKINSON, PETE MELLOR.
1st ad: JONATHAN SIDWELL
DOP: PHIL POOLE
Costume design: SUSSIE JUHLIN-WALLÉN
Commissioner: WILLIAM NICHOLS
Management: ELEVEN MGMT
DAMON ALBARN as MR. CREAM
GRAHAM COXON as MR. BROWN
ALEX JAMES as MR. RED
DAVE ROWNTREE as MR. BLACK
MR. OK as MR. OK
MS. OK as MS. OK
Hooray! our new lyric for up-and-coming rock n roll band The Rolling Stones is out! It’s directed by the amazing Rok Predin with artwork by Layla. It’s the product of a frantic week’s work. Take a peek-
It’s been a great week for festival announcements at Trunk HQ! Our director’s Rok Predin and Alasdair + Jock film’s ‘One of a Kind’ and ‘Earthworm Heart’ both have been accepted into Pictoplasma 2015 in Berlin. We are very proud, congratulations boys!
Layla’s recently been working with the artist Mark Barker on a creating an animated projection for his latest exhibition at Southard Reid in Soho. The aim was to create a simple, looped piece of animation that – on viewing – reveals many tiny details in the movement and character. The result is quite hypnotic. Last night was the private view and the show runs until the 11th of April. http://www.southardreid.com/artists/detail/mark-barker/