Trunk animation and Radish pictures team up for songwriter Benjamin Scheuer’s award winning “Weather the Storm” video.
Award-winning film director Peter Baynton has been working at Trunk animation creating a video for Benjamin Scheuer’s song “Weather the Storm”. The track is from Scheuer’s highly acclaimed theatre show The Lion, an autobiographical one-man musical that has won numerous awards including Best New Musical at London’s Off-West End Awards and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance in New York. Scheuer is currently on tour with The Lion throughout the United States.
“Weather The Storm” appears on Scheuer’s forthcoming album Songs from The Lion (out, June 3 via Warner/ADA).
The video for “Weather The Storm” follows Dickie, a recent widower who has run out of toothpaste, on his quest for self-reliance. Baynton says of the work, “the song contains a theme and a message that is universal. Initially we thought we’d tell the story through three very different characters, but during the months of storyboarding Benjamin and I fell in love with the personality embodied in Dickie, the old fellow who is now our hero”.
Using watercolours to produce cubist forms with Lowry inspired elements the finished video is beautiful in both heart and design. The team at Trunk used TV Paint for the drawn character animation, which was the only digitally created element in the video, and After Effects for compositing. The animation from storyboard to completion took only nine months. This time frame was not helped when one of Peter’s watercolours blew out of a window at Trunk’s riverside studio and nearly ended up in the Thames. Thankfully, Trunk’s Producer Daniel Negret raced a rising tide to save the background.
“Weather The Storm” is the third video released by the team of Baynton and Scheuer.
Their animated video for the song “The Lion” premiered at the 2013 Annecy Festival, where it won the Jury Award for Commissioned Film; it has since won numerous awards, including the Public Choice Award at the 2014 British Animation Awards.
Their video for “Cookie-tin Banjo” won Best Music Video awards at the 2015 Encounters Short Film Festival and Flik! Amsterdam Animation Festival. It was also a finalist for Best Music Video at the 2016 British Animation Awards.
Trunk’s executive producer Richard Barnet notes, ”Working with Peter and Benjamin has been a wonderful experience. All of us at Trunk are delighted with this beautiful uplifting video that superbly interplays humour with pathos. The video is the first to be co-produced by Trunk Animation and Baynton’s own Radish Pictures and we know it will be as successful as Peter’s previous videos for Benjamin. Indeed it was premiered at the 2016 British Animation Awards, where it has already won Public Choice for Best Music Video ”.
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Director: Peter Baynton
Producer: Daniel Negret
Executive Producer: Richard Barnett & Benjamin Scheuer
Production Company Radish Pictures & Trunk animation
2D Lead Character Animators: Peter Baynton, Alex Potts, Ismael Sanz Pea, Teddy Hall, Reg Isaac
Inbetweens, artworking and background characters: Rachel Calinan, Claudia Chircop, Théo Gremillet, Emily Knight, Clélia Leroux.
Backgrounds and design: Pter Baynton
Compositing: Philip Davies, Rok Predin
Audio Post Production: Fonic
Sound Editor: Marty O”Brien
Sound Design and Mix: Barnaby Templer
Words and music by Benjamin Scheuer
Guitar and vocals by Benjamin Scheuer
Bass by Chris Morrissey
Drums by Josh Dion
Additional vocals by Jean Rohe
Audio engineering by Pat Dillett and Chris Allen
Audio mixing by Kevin Killen
Audio mastering by Greg Caibi
Song produced by Geoff Kraly
From the album “Songs from The Lion by Benjamin Scheue