Tuesday, 5. February 2013 - 11:15 am
Ian Emes delivers a visual realisation of Jeff Wayne’s new version of War Of The Worlds for the rock opera’s big song Forever Autumn, featuring Gary Barlow.
Intercut with original footage and animated visuals from the live show and with starring roles for Liam Neeson and Anna-Marie Wayne (Jeff’s daughter), Ian’s promo focuses on the character of Carrie abandoning her home as the Martian’s attack.
“When Jeff Wayne’s masterwork was released a year after I had completed the animation for Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon, I was hungry for another project to let my imagination loose on” explains Ian. “And it was the era of the concept album, (or as Jeff refers to TWOTW, a Musical Work), big ideas were being explored in music, experienced like free-flowing movies in the head.
“Consequently, it was incredibly exciting to be given the opportunity to direct a music video for The War of The Worlds – The New Generation. Driven by Jeff’s stellar standards of creativity, I felt compelled to find a fresh perspective on the story of George, the journalist narrator (played by Liam Neeson) on his journey across a London besieged by Martians, while searching for his fiancé Carrie.
“I chose to explore what it might have been like for Carrie, waiting alone in her father’s grand Victorian mansion, uncertain if George is dead or alive, while the Fighting Machines thunder past and the dreadful, creeping Martian Red Weeds surround her. The theme is about loss, while everything familiar is being consumed by an alien entity. Not your usual music video theme. Jeff Wayne confronts us with the end of civilisation as we know it, and it’s just my cup of tea….”
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds – The New Generation ft Gary Barlow
Forever Autumn (Sony Music)
Director: Ian Emes
Producer: Adrian Harrison
Line Producer: Andrew Clarke
Prod. Manager: Ebony Maitland
1st AD: Pete Davies
DP: Tony May
Art Director: Aristotelis Maragkos
Steadicam: Pete Murray
Hair & Make-up Artist: Aimee Garner
Costume Designer: Leonie Hartard
Gaffer: Kyle Mann
Post Facility: Aspect Ratio Media Ltd
SFX Producer: Rob Fairhurst
Post Production Manager: Lennah Seelig
Colourist: Sam Chase
Editor: James P Weatherall
Editor: Guy Savin
Editing company: Marshall St Editors
Music Video Rep:: Y-I London
Commissioner: Marisa Garner