elbow Archives - Trunk | Animation Production Company
We’re all very pleased today here in the studio, we have two of our music videos in the BBC Music Video Festival currently being held in Norwich, Alasdair and Jocks video for Clinic called Bubblegum, and Layla and Grigoris’s video for Elbow in which they collaborated with the fantastic Oliver East. What make’s today all the more fun was that Richard our producer got called in to do an interview yesterday, being a Norfolk boy himself, they thought it was appropriate to ask him a few questions, thankfully all about making music videos and what they mean to Trunk. Look at his little face!
The Festival runs till the 1st of October and the BBC have set screens up in 20 Towns and Cities across the UK, take a look. http://bbcmusicvideofestival.tumblr.com/
Phew! we’ve just finished making this video for Elbow for their new single”Open Arms”. It’s based on the illustrations of Elbow’s album cover designer Oliver East. The video is based on a loose narrative of Oliver’s depicting an evening in a Manchester Working Man’s Club. Directors Grigoris Leontiades and Layla Atkinson worked closely with Oliver to stay as close to his original vision of the story as possible. We drafted in a team of animators to animate in Oliver’s inimitable style. A particular challenge was animating the distinctive “ribbon people” which Ollie had designed in his original storyboard. Early on we realised the enormity of animating these in 2d so we turned to Trunk’s old friend and ace compositor Steven Azancot who brought flat 2 dimensional ribbons into cinema4d, animated them moving around a 3d space on splines then outputted as 2d elements to be composited with the rest of the dancers. We strove to match Oliver’s illustrative style as closely as we could, we animated on 8fps, added hand painted boiling textures and chromatic aberration to give it as much of a hand-made feeling as possible. It was a long, drawn-out and sometimes painful process with some disgustingly late nights but now it’s over and we can breathe a sigh of relief.
directors- Layla Atkinson, Grigoris Leontaides
designer- Oliver East
producer- Richard Barnett
commissioner- Emily Tedrake
animators- Nick Appleton, Nickolai Vorontsov, Jenny Lewis, Grigoris Leontiades
3D- Steven Azancot
compositors- Rok Predin, Steven Azancot