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29

Sep
2017

In news / blog

By Layla

The Imaginary Friend Society Presents: Radiation

On 29, Sep 2017 | In news / blog | By Layla

We were beyond thrilled when the guys from RPA got in touch and asked us to make a film for their “Imaginary Friends Society” project for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
The project was aimed at children and their families facing a brain tumour diagnosis. In total twenty films were made, each one explaining a different aspect of cancer treatment and what could be expected. Our film “Radiation” explains how radiation treatment works.

We threw ourselves head first into this and completed this film in seven weeks flat. There were a lot of late nights and long weekends but we are really pleased with the end result.

When we were planning the film we decided to try out several different animation techniques….it seemed like a decent idea until we realised there were sets to be built, cars to be sculpted, balls to be wrangled and a few THOUSAND frames of artwork to be individually cut out.
There was also music to be composed, 2d animation to be drawn, props to be sourced, two voice records, a three day shoot that turned into a seven day shoot, a tonne of compositing…. let’s just say it was hard.

Once again we got to work with the excellent Julian Rhind-Tutt who provides the voice of Walter and we were thrilled to work with Jane Horrocks who, it turns out, does an excellent pig.

So many people and businesses kindly donated their time and energy into this project, we couldn’t have done it without them.

We felt honoured to be asked to participate in this project for such a great cause and alongside some of our favourite animation companies from all across the world including Psyop, Hornet, The Mill, Not To Scale, Lobo, Gentleman Scholar, Giant Ant, Strange Beast… among many others. Check out the other films here

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03

Mar
2017

In news / blog

By Richard

‘Footprints in Memories’ Concert Visuals

On 03, Mar 2017 | In news / blog | By Richard

Trunk’s director Rok Predin is no stranger when it comes to creating concert visuals. His backdrops for Keith Urban, Sir Elton John, the Queen’s jubilee concert and for Bingo Player’s latest tour have reached a combined audience of well over 30 million. But his latest work is far more personal and intimate. He has created a series of eighteen visuals to be used as a backdrop at his father Zoran’s recent concerts.

Zoran Predin is one of Slovenia’s most respected singer songwriters, and with a string of hit singles to his name, has worked with one of Croatia’s most talented and respected pianists Matija Dedic on a bestselling album, “Footprints in Memories”. This album is a celebration and catalogue of well-known regional songs. Working together Matija and Zoran paired back the compositions to create a classical, yet minimalist sound that perfectly captures the emotion within the tracks. Following the success of the first album they have created a sequel that has also been well received, and which they are now touring.

The pair performed songs from both albums in two concerts one in Ljubljana on the 14 of Feb, the capital of Zoran’s Slovenia and the second on the 28 of Feb in Zagreb the capital of Matija’s Croatia, and this is where the audiences got to see Rok’s backdrop for the first time.

Rok was asked to create eighteen pieces of work in all, one for each track. The team wanted to add a visual depth to the show, and ask their audience to re-imagine these old songs with their fresh compositions in a new light. Rok answered by creating an open, abstract approach to the visuals, giving a dream like quality to the whole performance. The visual sensibility changed the whole context of the shows. They in essence allowed the audience to re-connect to these songs they have loved and listened to for years, in their own special way, and all at the same time.

Each tableaux created references specific lyrics or encapsulates the feeling of each song. Rok notes “Most ideas come from the lyrics themselves such as the image of a burning rose which is from a song that deals with heartbreak and jealousy, other visual elements are more open, creating surprising juxtapositions that establish an emotional response”. The haunting and beautiful images all have a particular look that captures the visual handwriting Rok has grown up with. The artworks feel like they have taken strong influences of the past, but have a futuristic air to them, and it’s this timelessness quality that allows both audiences young and old to come together and enjoy these heritage tracks.
Rok continues, “ I approached each visual in terms of a theatre set or photograph, I wanted to introduce a bit of magic and surrealism to the songs and to have my loops come from unexpected places for the audience to enjoy”

As to working with his father he notes, “We have always had a great relationship and it was humbling to have him trust and appreciate my input to something which, as a creative, I understand is so important and personal”

Cut to one of Zoran’s most famous songs, ‘Wait for Me’, which also features on the album, Rok has put together a montage of the visuals.

Directed by Rok Predin
Produced by Richard Barnett
Animation: Rok Predin, Leslie Dart, Layla Atkinson, Sara Šavelj
Compositing: Rok Predin
Illustration: Sara Šavlej

16

Dec
2016

In news / blog

By Layla

Happy Christmas

On 16, Dec 2016 | In news / blog | By Layla

Whoopie! it’s the last day of term at the studio today. Happy Christmas form all of us at Trunk.

via GIPHY

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14

Dec
2016

In news / blog

By Layla

Julian Lennon | Saltwater 25

On 14, Dec 2016 | In news / blog | By Layla

We’ve just finished the music video for the 25th anniversary reissue of Julian Lennon’s nineties hit “Saltwater”. It was a Trunk directors all-hands-on-deck affair, co-directed by Layla Atkinson and Jock Mooney with compositing by Rok Predin. We also had some talented animation monkeys on the team. It’s a psychedelic odyssey.

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18

Nov
2016

In news / blog

By Layla

Aftermath at CinemaJam

On 18, Nov 2016 | In news / blog | By Layla

We’re delighted to announce that Layla’s film “Aftermath” is playing at this Monday’s CinemaJam session in Shoreditch. Come along if you’re down that way
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https://www.facebook.com/events/233957617019055/

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08

Nov
2016

In news / blog

By Layla

Shirley Collins at Rough Trade

On 08, Nov 2016 | In news / blog | By Layla

Last night we got to meet the wonderful Shirley Collins at an event on East London. She was interviewed on stage then performed a few songs. She was amazing, thanks for a magical evening Shirley.

shirley

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08

Nov
2016

In news / blog

By Layla

Jenius CashTag

On 08, Nov 2016 | In news / blog | By Layla

Jenius CashTag is a great feature that lets micro-business owners set up payments and receive money using their business name rather than a long and complicated account number.

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07

Nov
2016

In news / blog

By Layla

Jenius Brand Film

On 07, Nov 2016 | In news / blog | By Layla

This little films hints at how your financial life con be simplified by Jenius.

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04

Nov
2016

In news / blog

By Layla

Jenius Pay Me

On 04, Nov 2016 | In news / blog | By Layla

Easily transfer money to friends, family and foxy strangers with Jenius Pay Me. All you need is their phone number…

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