The Bishops 'Polygonn' by Ben Aston & Nick Black

The Bishops 'Polygonn' by Ben Aston & Nick BlackThe Bishops 'Polygonn' by Ben Aston & Nick Black
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Having directed a stop-motion video for The Bishops' Nowhere To Run a couple of years ago, director Ben Aston and animator Nick Black's have now come up with an awesome achievement in rotoscoping for The Bishops' new single Polygonn – in a style which is somewhat reminiscent of Steve Barron's classic video for A-Ha's Take On Me. 

Having filmed the band performing, and then some pick-up shots to build a story around the performance, Nick hand-traced over every frame of footage - shot at 12 frames a second. That added up to over 2,500 individual illustrations – and it took him six months to do it. 

Ben describes this as "a helluva lot of surprisingly fun work!" - perhaps because he wasn't doing the tracing. "We were really interested in seeing what a rotoscope video would look like handheld – messy, as it turns out – and kind of just went with that aesthetic in all the crazy detritus on screen." 

And you can check out Ben and Nick's behind the scenes video here

Credits

Director
Ben AstonBen Aston website
Animation
Nick Black
Editor
Ben Aston
Colourist
Ben Aston
Director's Representation
Curtis Brown

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