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05

Sep
2014

In Press

By Pip

Coldplay

On 05, Sep 2014 | In Press | By Pip

Trunk Animation creates Coldplay ‘Ghost Stories’ album stream. Last week saw Coldplay release a full 43 minute stream of their 6th studio album on iTunes, a week before it was released. The fans went wild. Richard Barnett at Trunk Animation was approached by commissioner Sam Seager at Parlophone with an image, and a question. The image turned out to be Coldplay’s beautiful new album cover designed by Mila Fürstová, and the question, can we bring the mesmerizing, highly detailed etching to life, without losing its look and character?! A plan was hatched, some tests carried out and rather than just creating a 10 second looping GIF, Trunk Directors Alasdair + Jock came up with the idea of an epic 43 minute long animated film that unfolds as the album is played. To begin with Mila’s Ghost Stories artwork had to be meticulously traced by hand, basically pixel by pixel, in order that Alasdair + Jock and their team at Trunk could work at the scale necessary, 7K, which is nearly 4 times HD! The new high-resolution image they created enabled tiny elements within Mila’s etching to be worked on in a lot more detail, allowing for tiny sections to be animated, and dynamic camera moves added. Jock noted, ‘the painstaking attention to detail in the re-drawing was essential in order to retain the aesthetic of Mila’s artwork, and allow new elements to be added and animated”. During this process sections of the image had to be re-imagined in order that when you moved one object or character, you weren’t then left with a hole in the background, so Jock had to learn Mila’s style of mark making. The film used a multitude of animated techniques, and a team of 10 animators and art workers using 3D, 2D cuts outs, and classical 2D hand drawn came together to create the astounding 50 individual sections. Each section had to be animated in such a way that they could be looped, ranging from 30 secs to an impressive 2 minutes, which of course just made everything that little bit harder! Once animated, each section then had to go through a heavy compositing and effects stage in order to pull all the different techniques together, and make sure the line style in the animation was exactly the same as that of the album artwork. To help build an overall visual narrative for the album, the team slowly revealed more and more detail as the tracks progress allowing the viewer to travel in and out of what is in essence a world within a world. The team also utilised time-lapse photography and SFX to create the world ‘outside’ the wings. Time lapse clouds, sea, and mist are mixed with affected art worked shooting stars and a waxing and waning moon which casts the wings into darkness as track 5 ‘Midnight’ progresses in the middle of the album. The amount of detail, the length, and the technical processes involved were so vast that Trunk had to bring in an extra bank of powerful computers, known as a render farm, to crunch the raw data. 53,000 unique frames had to be processed in such a way that the process wouldn’t grind to a halt, which meant that some 300,000 smaller pre-renders had to be made over 4 long and grueling days. (A special thanks to our fuse box for providing us with two lovely blow outs, wiping out 7 hours of work!) Al notes ‘It was a massive undertaking but we wanted to create something unique for the album, and we loved the idea of bringing this image to life with some really beautiful movement, in a way that matched the intricate and complex look of Mila’s artwork.’ Richard added ‘The finished project has to be up there in our top 5 along with the projections for Madness at the Queens Diamond Jubilee, Rok’s lyric vid for The Rolling Stones, our visuals for Keith Urban at the Country Music Awards, and of course Elton John’s Million Dollar Piano visuals!’ The final film was streamed on iTunes, May 12th at 9pm. And Coldplay’s 12 million fans took to Twitter immediately with a buzz of lovely comments and messages, they of course loved the album, and gushed at the animation, and as @Coldplay tweeted ‘Kudos and a thousand thank yous @trunkanimation for creating such a beautiful animation’, we instantly made hundreds of new friends! It has been short listed for a UK Music Video award. Click below for press coverage:-

Animation Magazine

Animation Magazine eu

Animation World Network

Creative planet

Digital Arts

Motionweeknight

MTV

Music Week

Page

Promonews

Reuters

Skwigly

Televisual

Credits:-

Direction- Alasdair + Jock

Production Company Trunk Animation

Album artwork- Mila Fürstová

Artist- Coldplay

2D animation- Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits, Zoe Matzko, Jeroen Jaspaert, Aaron Lampert, Valentina Delmiglio

3D animation- Layla Atkinson Artworking- John Harmer, Valentina Delmiglio, Jock Mooney Time lapse- Mo Hague

Compositing- Chris Sayer, Alasdair Brotherston

Line Producer- Pedro Lino

Producer- Richard Barnett

Label Parlophone

Commissioner- Sam Seager/Parlophone

DataUpload- Chillibean

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04

Sep
2014

In Press

By Pip

Lily Allen | Air Balloon

On 04, Sep 2014 | In Press | By Pip

Trunk’s amazing directors Alasdair + Jock have just finished a brilliant new Lyric video for Lily Allen.

The duo were commissioned by Sam Seager at Parlophone to create a lyric video for Lily Allen’s new song Air Balloon, the second single to be released from her as yet un-named third album.
The fun and lively video is in Alasdair + Jock’s distinctive and iconic style, and echoes their wonderful projection onto Buckingham Palace for Madness’s ‘It Must Be Love’, shown during the Queens Diamond Jubilee concert. The new video features a host of Alasdair + Jock’s trademark imagery along with their vibrant colour palette. The typography partially inspired by American neo-pop artist Jeff Koons is rendered in balloon writing, with sentences filling and deflating, and bursting with little puffs of smoke.
To reach the tight deadline the entire video was turned around in an amazing seven days, and it was certainly a full on affair for all involved, especially the directors who worked tirelessly. After creating lyric vids for both ‘The Rolling Stones’ and ‘Vampire Weekend’, this will be Trunk’s third foray into the genre. Producer and MD Richard Barnett notes, ‘As long as we’re into the track, and we have the creative freedom, then they can be great fun to make”. Whilst Jock Mooney added “Working to such an incredibly tight deadline certainly focused the creative process. We knew what we wanted to do was visually ambitious and nearly impossible in the time we had, but we couldn’t bring ourselves to create something that wasn’t as visually sleek and as impressive as we could possibly make”. With Alasdair adding that, “Even though it felt like the undersides of my eyelids were covered in sandpaper I’m glad we stuck to our guns. It’s always worth it in the end!

Click below for press coverage:-

Animation World Network

Animation magazine eu

Kuriositas

Promo News

Skwigly

Televisual

Credits:-
Director: Alasdair+Jock
Producer: Richard Barnett
Illustrator: Jock Mooney
Animation: Layla Atkinson, Pedro Lino, Alasdair Brotherston, Leslie Dart
Commissioner: Sam Seager
Artist: Lily Allen
Record Co: Parlaphone
Prod Co: Trunk Animation

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03

Sep
2014

In Press

By Pip

Soap factory Presentation

On 03, Sep 2014 | In Press | By Pip

Trunk’s directors Lore&Jun have just finished a fun short film for a new science museum in Angola.
Lore and Jun were tasked with creating a simple and joyful animation that captures the alteration of an old soap factory into a new cultural venue. With a nod to W. Heath Robinson and elements of the Mouse Trap board game we enter the factory and observe the change from the production of Sabao, soap in Portuguese, to the cleaning and creation of the new museum. The museum is part of a major redevelopment of Angola’s capital city Luanda. Due to open later this year it will also include an Observatory and Aquarium.
Working to both a tight budget and time frame the promotional film was greeted with enthusiasm by the museum’s directors. They loved the beautiful colour palette that adds to the child like joy of the animation, which is full of quirky connected sequences. The film is accompanied by a wonderful score composed by Philippe Lenzini, which captures the spirit of the rebirth of this capital city.
Following the success of the film the museum directors have asked Lore&Jun to create a range of interactive and information animations that will accompany the coming exhibits. Watch this space.

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Directors notes

Lester Banks

Skwigly

Credits
Commissioner: Marisa Vinha – Ciencia Viva
Design/Animation/Direction: Lore&Jun
Music: Philippe Lenzini
Production: Pedro Lino @ Trunk

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02

Sep
2014

In Press

By Pip

Thin White Gelato

On 02, Sep 2014 | In Press | By Pip

Thin white Gelato. David Bowie reminisces about childhood Christmases eating Mr Frosty and Knickerbocker glories as he introduces the animated short Gelato Go Home.

See the original, and one of the films biggest inspirations at thesnowman.com

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Dangerous Minds

Kuriositas

Little Green Footballs

Promo News

Stash

Studio Daily

Vidque

Christmas Credits:

Directed by Alasdair Brotherston & Jock Mooney
Producer: Richard Barnett
Voiceover Artist: Christopher Green
Sound Design & Mix: Marty O’Brien @ FONIC
Director of Photography: Andy Hague
Compositing: Alasdair Brotherston
Production Company: Trunk Animation

Original Credits:

Directed by Alasdair + Jock
Produced by Trunk Animation for Channel Four
Producer: Richard Barnett
Production Company: Trunk
3D Animation: Luca Paulli
2D Animation: Francisco Puerto Esteban, Layla Atkinson
Composer: James Orman
Sound Design & Mix: Barnaby Templer @ Fonic

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01

Sep
2014

In Press

By Pip

Jaguar

On 01, Sep 2014 | In Press | By Pip

It’s been all pencils blazing here at Trunk as Rok Predin directs a new film for Jaguar.

Trunk were approached by the guys at FP Creative who, having seen Alasdair + Jock’s fabulous thank-you film for Land Rover at the Trunk summer screening, realised animation could possibly solve a rather tricky brief. They needed a film that evoked the ethos of Jaguar’s new all-aluminium technical architecture, the foundation of the stunning new C-X17 sports crossover concept vehicle – without actually showing the car itself. They also needed it to be ready to coincide with the C-X17’s global debut at the world’s biggest motor show in Frankfurt.

After a brain storming session at Trunk, the initial concept for the short was formed around the idea of capturing the passion and vigour found in the sketches and drawings created by Jaguar’s talented designers. The idea that something so complex as building a car could evolve from such seemingly simple sketched lines on a page caught our imaginations.
We worked with the design team’s beautiful original sketches, which were captured and developed into a network of lines that takes the viewer on an exhilarating ride through an ever evolving landscape. The lines represent the free flow of ideas and concepts at Jaguar, while the landscape narrates the mechanics and geometry of the new build process.
To retain the hand rendered look of the concept sketches, the pencil lines were first created in flash, then printed out and traced by hand. Hence those blazing pencils, as Trunk’s art workers sat hour after hour studiously over their light boxes. This backbreaking work ensured the finished animation provided the lines with a subtle boil and beautiful fluidity as they wound their way through the geometric landscape.
Narrated by Jaguar’s Design Director Ian Callum, this striking film evokes the passion and drive that everyone at Jaguar has for their work – they truly are devoted to great design.

The talented Rok directed the project and ensured that the film flowed hand-in-hand with the narration. ‘The key”, says Rok, “was to offer the audience a different way of looking at what was being described by Ian – but at the same time trying to keep everything as paired back as possible by just using our pencil and card architecture, which at times was fairly tricky!’ He chose to use cinema 4D to put the short together and to mix the hand rendered 2D lines with 3D rendered elements. The guys worked with Composer Sebastijan Duh, who created and composed a beautiful track which the animators worked to, and then Jake Roberts took care of the sound design, with a final mix by JM at Fonic, who, as always, really brought the project together.
We can happily report that the new concept car and Trunk’s film were presented to the world’s media, successfully conveying the great possibilities offered by the new architecture at Jaguar. Nearly a million visitors passed through the doors at Frankfurt over the twelve days in September and I’m sure a vast number of them visited the Jaguar stand.

Click below for press coverage:-
Animation magazine eu

Imaginaction

Notcot

Stash

Televisual

Credits:-
Director: Rok Predin
Animation: Martin Oliver, Francisco Puerto Esteban, Layla Atkinson, Rok Predin, Will Jarvis
Art Workers: Jenny Jokela, Sarah Yan
Composer: Sebastijan Duh
Sound Design: Jake Roberts
Sound Mix: JM @ Fonic
Compositing: Rok Predin
Producer: Richard Barnett
Animation Concept: Trunk
Agency: FP Creative
Prod Co: Trunk Animation

22

May
2014

In Features
news / blog
Press

By Richard

Alasdair + Jock | Coldplay

On 22, May 2014 | In Features, news / blog, Press | By Richard

Trunk Animation creates Coldplay ‘Ghost Stories’ album stream.

Last week saw Coldplay release a full 43 minute stream of their 6th studio album on iTunes, a week before it was released. The fans went wild.

Richard Barnett at Trunk Animation was approached by commissioner Sam Seager at Parlophone with an image, and a question. The image turned out to be Coldplay’s beautiful new album cover designed by Mila Fürstová, and the question, can we bring the mesmerizing, highly detailed etching to life, without losing its look and character?!

A plan was hatched, some tests carried out and rather than just creating a 10 second looping GIF, Trunk Directors Alasdair + Jock came up with the idea of an epic 43 minute long animated film that unfolds as the album is played.

To begin with Mila’s Ghost Stories artwork had to be meticulously traced by hand, basically pixel by pixel, in order that Alasdair + Jock and their team at Trunk could work at the scale necessary, 7K, which is nearly 4 times HD! The new high-resolution image they created enabled tiny elements within Mila’s etching to be worked on in a lot more detail, allowing for tiny sections to be animated, and dynamic camera moves added. Jock noted, ‘the painstaking attention to detail in the re-drawing was essential in order to retain the aesthetic of Mila’s artwork, and allow new elements to be added and animated”.
During this process sections of the image had to be re-imagined in order that when you moved one object or character, you weren’t then left with a hole in the background, so Jock had to learn Mila’s style of mark making.

The film used a multitude of animated techniques, and a team of 10 animators and art workers using 3D, 2D cuts outs, and classical 2D hand drawn came together to create the astounding 50 individual sections. Each section had to be animated in such a way that they could be looped, ranging from 30 secs to an impressive 2 minutes, which of course just made everything that little bit harder! Once animated, each section then had to go through a heavy compositing and effects stage in order to pull all the different techniques together, and make sure the line style in the animation was exactly the same as that of the album artwork.

To help build an overall visual narrative for the album, the team slowly revealed more and more detail as the tracks progress allowing the viewer to travel in and out of what is in essence a world within a world. The team also utilised time-lapse photography and SFX to create the world ‘outside’ the wings. Time lapse clouds, sea, and mist are mixed with affected art worked shooting stars and a waxing and waning moon which casts the wings into darkness as track 5 ‘Midnight’ progresses in the middle of the album.

The amount of detail, the length, and the technical processes involved were so vast that Trunk had to bring in an extra bank of powerful computers, known as a render farm, to crunch the raw data. 53,000 unique frames had to be processed in such a way that the process wouldn’t grind to a halt, which meant that some 300,000 smaller pre-renders had to be made over 4 long and grueling days. (A special thanks to our fuse box for providing us with two lovely blow outs, wiping out 7 hours of work!)

Al notes ‘It was a massive undertaking but we wanted to create something unique for the album, and we loved the idea of bringing this image to life with some really beautiful movement, in a way that matched the intricate and complex look of Mila’s artwork.’ Richard added ‘The finished project has to be up there in our top 5 along with the projections for Madness at the Queens Diamond Jubilee, Rok’s lyric vid for The Rolling Stones, our visuals for Keith Urban at the Country Music Awards, and of course Elton John’s Million Dollar Piano visuals!’

The final film was streamed on iTunes, May 12th at 9pm. And Coldplay’s 12 million fans took to Twitter immediately with a buzz of lovely comments and messages, they of course loved the album, and gushed at the animation, and as @Coldplay tweeted ‘Kudos and a thousand thank yous @trunkanimation for creating such a beautiful animation’, we instantly made hundreds of new friends!

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Credits:-
Direction- Alasdair + Jock
Production Company Trunk Animation
Album artwork- Mila Fürstová
Artist- Coldplay
2D animation- Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits, Zoe Matzko, Jeroen Jaspaert, Aaron Lampert, Valentina Delmiglio
3D animation- Layla Atkinson
Artworking- John Harmer, Valentina Delmiglio, Jock Mooney
Time lapse- Mo Hague
Compositing- Chris Sayer, Alasdair Brotherston
Line Producer- Pedro Lino
Producer- Richard Barnett
Label Parlophone
Commissioner- Sam Seager/Parlophone
Data Upload- Chillibean

Making Of

Director- Pedro Lino
Producer- Richard Barnett
Audio Mix- JM Finch @Fonic

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12

May
2014

In Features
news / blog
Press

By Richard

Coldplay ‘Ghost Stories’ stream

On 12, May 2014 | In Features, news / blog, Press | By Richard

12th May 9pm GMT

Coldplay ‘Ghost Stories’ itunes album stream!

http://t.co/ybyzyYiyKc NOW! (Just click the Featured Video.)

If you’re reading this, then stop and get yourself to itunes NOW! Where they are streaming the whole of Coldplay’s new album with visuals by Alasdair + Jock! Over the past couple of months, we’ve been painstakingly bringing Mila Fürstová’s beautiful album artwork to life, and creating a sequence for the entire length of the new Ghost Stories album.

The piece has been made using a multitude of techniques, incorporating 3D, 2D cuts outs, classical hand drawn and time-lapse photography, all brought together with hours and hours of artworking and compositing.

Mila’s etching had to be meticulously traced by hand, basically pixel by pixel, in order that we could work at the scale necessary, 7K, which is nearly 4 times HD! The project pushed our computers to the limit, as well as all our animators, artworkers, directors and compositors. When the label first called about the project, we carried out some in-house tests so we would know exactly what we were letting ourselves in for, but when you want to make something really special, you always know you’re going to pull some late ones! Alasdair + Jock, fresh from creating Lily Allen’s lyric video for Air Balloon, worked tirelessly, as Jock headed up the team re-creating Mila’s artwork, and Alasdair took charge of pulling all 53,000 frames together. The piece contains around 50 separate loops from flying fish to a spinning gyroscope, and journeys through the album cover allowing audiences to get intimate with the artwork whilst listening to the album in its entirety for the first time.
Commissioned by Sam Seager at Parlophone, the project has to be up there in our top 5 favourites along with our projections for Madness at the Queens Diamond Jubilee, Rok’s lyric vid for The Rolling Stones, our visuals for Keith Urban at the Country Music Awards, and of course Elton John’s Million Dollar Piano visuals!
Trunk’s MD Richard Barnett headed up the project, whilst producer Pedro Lino line produced the animation.

We’ll tell you all more about it after the event, but for now, go and enjoy the album, and we hope you love the loops!

You can see more information about the album release here http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/12/idUSnMKWCrwhha+1e0+MKW20140512

Credits

Direction-
Alasdair + Jock

Band-
Coldplay

2d animation-
Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits
Zoe Matzko
Jeroen Jaspaert
Aaron Lampert
Valentina Delmiglio

3d animation-
Layla Atkinson

Artworking-
John Harmer
Valentina Delmiglio
Jock Mooney

Time lapse-
Mo Hague

Compositing-
Chris Sayer
Alasdair Brotherston

Album artwork-
Mila Fürstová

Line Producer-
Pedro Lino

Producer-
Richard Barnett

Commissioner-
Sam Seager/Parlophone

Data Upload-
Chillibean

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/12/idUSnMKWCrwhha+1e0+MKW20140512

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23

Oct
2013

In Features
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By Layla

Animation World

On 23, Oct 2013 | In Features, Press | By Layla

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23

Oct
2013

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