David Knight - 27th May 2014

Inspired by the family adventure films of the 80s and 90s, Elliot Dear has directed a thrilling video for Francois & the Atlas Mountains' The Way to the Forest. It's a cinematic fantasy of tiny forest ninjas (played by Francois and the band) protecting their home from two hapless and destructive hunters, complete with acrobatics, stunts, explosions. And then for good measure they even have to face the hunters' animals - a hawk and a dog. 

Elliot - co-director of the award-winning Bear & the Hare ad for John Lewis - uses his in-depth understanding of animation and special effects in this well-crafted perfect marriage of live-action, VFX and stop-motion animation.


DirectorElliot Dear
Production CompanyBlinkink
Executive ProducerJames Stevenson Bretton
Executive ProducerBart Yates
ProducerBenjamin Lole
Director of PhotographyEdward Tucker
Art DirectorSonya Yu
Other credits1st Assistant Camera - Location - Ben Brown 2nd Assist Camera -- Location - Jess Wray 1st Assistant Camera -- Studio - Ben Brown, Jess Wray 2nd Assist Camera -- Studio - Cleo Vogler Gaffer -- Location - Yan Murawski Gaffer -- Studio - Max Halstead Electrician -- Studio - Junior Agyeman Owusu Grip -- Location - Tom Mansfield DIT - Leandro Santini Runner - Albert Sala, Felix Gross Harrison, Euan Gilhooly Art Director - Sonya Yu Costume Designer - Rose Popham Practical Effects Engineer - Morgan Faverty Helicam - Uppercut Productions Helicam Pilot - Chris Wilkinson Helicam Operator - Guy Jenkins Stopmotion and Studio Shoot - Clapham Road Studios Stop Motion DOP - Max Halstead Beetle Puppet Makers - Elliot Dear, Sonya Yu, Christy Matta Stop Motion Animator - Andy Biddle Post Production - BlinkInk Studio Editor - Elliot Dear Technical Director/Lead Compositor - Patrick Hearn Compositors - Simone Ghillardotti, Elliot Dear, Johannes Sambs, Chris Bristow Grade - Julian Biard @ Finish Special thanks Leon @ AimImage for all the amazing kit Craig @ Panavision for the fancy lenses Steve and Tim @ Black Park for the trees Sam @ Speade for the encouraging editing advice Elizabeth, Matt and Toby @ Clapham Road Studios for the endless favours and help. Nana @ Headnod for the stunts Anna Kennedy for the casting aid Ciaran Spencer for his car Beatrice and Ellie @ Blink Productions for the advice and contacts. and Bart @ Domino for his patience and trust.

David Knight - 27th May 2014

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