Luke Bather - 21st Nov 2016

Jess Cope's new animation for Metallica is a pitch-dark ode to revenge.

Steeped in dark imagery of expressionist fairy tales, horror films and a little bit of Hitchcock thrown in for good measure, the seven-minute clip follows an anthropomorphised hyena who hunts female animals of all varieties for sport. The heads of his victims, and their dresses, hang on his walls like trophies, as he prepares to take his next victim: the suburban housewife-deer who lives across the valley. 

However, things take a turn for the vengeful as the ghosts of his past victims help to turn the tables on his plans. It's all as slow-burning, brooding, and tense as the track - from Metallica's new album Hardwired.... To Self-Destruct – with a dark animation style reminiscent of Edward Gorey, by way of the Brothers Grimm.

PRO Credits


DirectorJess Cope
ProducerAlex Halley
Production CompanyPartizan Darkroom
Executive ProducerClaire Stubbs
Production ManagerLeo Green
EditorMatt Dollings
Editing companyPartizan Darkroom
Director's RepresentationPartizan Darkroom
Other creditsLead Concept Artist/Illustrator: Adam Oehlers Illustrator: Xavier Ren Character Rigging: Toby Garrow Lead Animator/Compositor: John Malcolm Moore Animator/Compositor: Andrew Khosravani Animator/Compositor: Dan Jacobs Animator/Compositor: Luke Simpson Animator/Compositor: Toby Garrow Animator/Compositor: Tim Andrews Animator/Compositor: Brad Purnell 3D - Red Knuckles 3D Artist: Ning-En Chang

Luke Bather - 21st Nov 2016

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