David Knight - 11th Dec 2017

Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones's latest collaboration with Björk is a stunning vision, combining live action and post VFX, for the title track from her new album utopia.

Part of a holistic creative project that includes the striking album cover (shot by Jesse Kanda) and the previous videos for The Gate and Blissing Me, Warren and Nick have created an extraordinarily beautiful interpretation of Björk's concept of Utopia. She awakes in a landscape where nature and fantasy merge, amid her family of female flautists, as a sort of human flower, ready for pollination.

Bjork is very much in the guise of the persona on Kanda's album cover, with the facial adornments created by longtime collaborator James Merry. But the real satisfaction is how Du Preez and Thornton Jones have dovetailed the live action performances, the art direction and the post production so completely. It's certainly one of the greatest Björk videos of recent years. 

Credits

DirectorWarren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones
DirectorWarren Du Preez
ProducerCampbell Beaton
Production CompanyImmortal Productions
Production ManagerRafnar Hermannsson
1st ADGagga Jonsdottir
Director of PhotographyDaniel Landin
Focus PullerSnorri Fairweather
2nd ACBrynja Dogg Fridriksdottir
GafferFinnur Thor Gudjonsson
Art DirectorHeimir Sverrisson
WardrobeEdda Gudmundsdottir
DirectorNick Thornton Jones
Make-upHungry
EditorOwen Oppenheimer
Editing companyThe Quarry
ColouristJessica Vile
Grading companyFramestore
Post production companyAnalog
Post ProducerMatt Shannon
VFXMatt Chandler
LabelOne Little Indian
Creative DirectorBjörk
HairRaphael Salley
Other creditsSilicone Prosthetics, Braid Jewellery And Flutes: James Merry CGI Design And VFX Supervisor: Matt Chandler @ Analog Flutists Costume: Threeasfour Props & Set Decoration: Hrafnhildur Hólmgeirsdóttir Thanks: Remi Paringaux Grade Producer: Chris Anthony @ Framestore Lead 2D Retouch: Duncan Horn @ Nineteentwenty Assistant 2D Retouch: Rob Lilley @ Nineteentwenty Lead 2D Artist: Fabio Zaveti @ Analog Compositors: Igor Gama, Andre Dias, & Alessandro Melillo @ Analog Lead 3D Artist: Matt Chandler @ Analog 3D Artists: Maurizio De Angelis, Tim Woods, & Gustav Larsson @ Analog 3D Animation: Julien Loth @ Analog Typography: M/M (Paris) Concept Drawings: Alex Noble Assistant To James Merry: Mao Alheimsdottir Flutists: Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Björg Brjánsdóttir, Melkorka Ólafsdóttir, Emilía Rós Sigfúsdóttir, Áshildur Haraldsdóttir, Þuríður Jónsdóttir, Steinunn Vala Pálsdóttir, Dagný Marinósdóttir, Sigríður Hjördís Indriðadóttir, Sólveig Magnúsdóttir, Hafdís Vigfúsdóttir Kimono Co-ordinator: Kenshi Ohkubo Kimono Stylist: Chiaki Ruri Iceland Service Producer: Rafnar Hermannsson @ TruNorth Edit Producer: Charlie Morris UK Production Manager: Sam Jackson Iceland Co-ordinator: Gudrun L Magnusdottir Key Grip: Sigurgeir Thordarsson Crane Tech: Viktor David Johannsson Best Boy: Valdmar Johannsson Electricians: Maria Run Johannsdottir & Eythor Ingvarsson Dimmer Board Op: Agnar Hermannsson Set Decorator: Hrafnhildur Holmgeirsdottir Props: Victor Petur VTR: Rutur Skaeringur Catering - Erla Asmundsdottir Key PA - Tindur Karasson Runner - Thelma Torfadottir Lead Hair Assistant - Sigurbjorg Iris Holmgeirsdottir Hair Assistants - Audur Birna Gudnadottir & Kristofer Thorri Haraldsson Lead MU Asttstant - Frida Maria Hardardottir MU Assistants - Flors Karitas Bueno & Sigrun Sig

David Knight - 11th Dec 2017

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