In an incredibly vivid world seemingly terrorised by curious monsters, Stephen McNally somehow manages to leave so much to the imagination. Even at over 6:30, you want more. Rarely does such …
Tourist ft Years & Years 'Illuminate' by Nicolas Ménard
Director and graphic artist Nicolas Ménard's debut music video is for up-and-coming electronic artist Tourist's Illuminate - featuring Olly Alexander of Years & Years on vocals - which presents a story of confusion with a very distinctive and hypnotic graphic sensibility.
It's a starkly black and white 2D animation which the viewer experiences from the point of view of the main character, moving through different environments, we watch our protagonist open letter after letter, written in a language he cannot understand, to symbolise the chaotic communicative issues that follow a break-up.
Inspired by Japanese graphic artists such as Yuichi Yokoyama and retro games X and 3D World Runner, this was drawn frame by frame, with Nicolas including edgy graphic characters that represent the artists, alternating the environments - parks, underwater scenes, art galleries - to the tempo, and gradually adding colour to heighten the power of the chorus.
Tourist works with creative director Jake Robinson, who says: "We reset Tourist’s ‘look’ in his previous single Wait by moving to simple black and white design and cinematography. With Illuminate we wanted to be bold, expressive and introduce colour into that world. We felt that Illuminate’s vibrant feel naturally lent itself to animation. I’ve been keen to work with Nicolas for a while. His work, whilst being visually striking, manages to covey a fragile human quality."
Polydor have released a series of GIFs on Tumblr showcasing Nicolas’ beautiful hand drawn illustrations.
"It’s been a real blast to direct Tourist’s 'Illuminate' music video. Not only because it’s such a playful, awesome sounding track, but also because Will was keen to jump straight into the weird abstract universe I’d suggested. It’s also been really fun to play with the idea of translating a poem into Korean; a little metaphor for miscommunication in a relationship. I’m looking forward to seeing whether people dig out those cryptic messages..! Everything was animated frame by frame in Photoshop, with some slight compositing in After Effects, and the editing in Premiere"
|Production Company||Nexus Productions|
|Executive Producer||Luke Youngman|
|Production Coordinator||Natalie Henry|
|Other credits||With thanks to: Lara Lee, for translation|
This outstanding video for DJ/producer Surkin's Oedo 606 is a free-associating riff on a classic short film, by another exciting animation talent out of France, Sanghon …
Animator and music video director Marion Dupas specialises in edgy, lustful animations made up of allusions to religious folklore, western pop culture and colourful motifs and patterns from …
Ever wonder what kind of music video Michel Gondry would have made if he were a 13 year old kid in Detroit, hanging out in his bedroom in the projects after school on a scorching hot summer …
Pulse Films has announced that Jocelyn Anquetil, director of acclaimed music videos for King …
SMUGGLER have announced the signing of Ebeneza Blanche to their music video roster, …
Caviar has announced the arrival of London-based director Quba Tuakli to the …
Cinelab London, one of the world's leading film laboratories, has expanded its digital services by …
Director Andrew Thomas Huang has taken to social media to bring attention what he feels is …
COMPULSORY-signed director Mitch Kalisa’s debut short film Play It Safe has won the prestigious …