David Knight - 25th Aug 2009

His videos for London Elektricity's All Hell Is Breaking Loose and Mistabishi's Printer Jam were evidence of his considerable talent as a 3D animator, and now Kenny Frankland has provided a lot more with his new Nextmen and Ms Dynamite vid.

A classic martial arts movie scenario - with the band and their guest vocalist battling through a tall building full of ninja henchmen - is handled with skill, wit and panache, and it looks really cool. Excellent stuff.


Kenny Frankland on making the video for The Nextmen and Ms Dynamite's Lion's Den

"I was commissioned by Mums the Word Music who manage the The Nextmen. They had seen the work I did for Hospital Records (All Hell is Breaking Loose, Printer Jam) and contacted me through them. The song had lyrics boasting that you can't take on The Nextmen & Ms Dynamite and various others about them taking people down so a kung-fu group thing approach wrote itself.

"I watched lots of anime for inspiration, played some beat 'em up games, and then came up with the story of them storming a building full of ninjas and going after a big boss type figure. However, I felt this was a little cheesy and wanted a more tongue in cheek approach. Although I knew the title of the track was 'Lion's Den' I was working away and quickly glanced at the title of the track I had scrawled down on a piece of paper and for a split second thought it said Lionel's Den! This then spawned the idea of the group raiding the wrong place and kicking the wrong guy's ass!

"I produced the animation using 3DS MAX and I chose a cel-shaded rendered look to keep with the anime feel. Photoshop was used for textures and shots composited in After Effects. The final video was edited using Premiere Pro.

"It took just over five weeks to produce, and although I did the majority of the work myself, Pat Davies, a friend from my game industry years, helped me with the street buildings which saved me a good chunk of time."


Production CompanyTin Spider
DirectorKenny Frankland
CommissionerMum's The Word Music

David Knight - 25th Aug 2009

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