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On 07, Apr 2015 | In Press | By Pip
To promote BBC Four’s new series The Sound of Song Red Bee Media contacted Trunk to create two TV spots. The up-coming series explores the story of modern music and how elements come together to form our favourite songs. An initial brief centered around two “factoids” featured in the series. The first was how a riff can be modified and used by a variety of artists. In this case Chic’s bass line from 1979’s Good Times was modified and used by many artists, ranging from Queen to Daft Punk. The second was how, in 1926 while recording Heebie Jeebies Louis Armstrong’s sheet music fell from the stand. Armstrong continues singing, improvising his lyrics and inadvertently inventing the “scat” singing style.
Layla notes “I wanted both trailers to share a restricted palette, a pared back illustrative style and sinuous lines to create unity across the two disparate stories”. To that end both spots use a simple and elegant graphic style infused with humour that flows beautifully with the music discussed in the trailers.
Each piece finishes with the voiceover strap line “You’ll never listen to your favourite songs in the same way again” a statement that is skillfully presented in these two lovely trailers.
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Director- Layla Atkinson
Animation- Leslie Dart
Line Producer- Pedro Lino
Producer- Richard Barnett
Commissioner- Matthew Shapland/Red Bee Media
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/
We collaborated with Richard Fenwick, Onedotzero and BBC films, animating a number of sections in Richard’s Film ‘Albert’s Speech’. ‘Introverted Albert has a speech to deliver. In 18 minutes. For his best friend. In front of 100 people. Welcome to the world of the best man – as seen from the inside out’.
This film was directed by Richard Fenwick who got in touch to see if we'd like to collaborate on a number of animated scenes, which we of course jumped at, having loved his work for ages. The project was great fun to work on, and has done really well at film festivals around the world.