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Björk 'Utopia' by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones

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. 

David Knight - 11th Dec 2017

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Production/Creative

Director
Warren Du Preez
Director
Nick Thornton Jones
Director
Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones
Producer
Campbell Beaton
Production Company
Immortal Productions
Production Manager
Rafnar Hermannsson
1st AD
Gagga Jonsdottir

Camera

Director of Photography
Daniel Landin
Focus Puller
Snorri Fairweather
2nd AC
Brynja Dogg Fridriksdottir

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Finnur Thor Gudjonsson

Art

Art Director
Heimir Sverrisson

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Edda Gudmundsdottir
Hair
Raphael Salley
Make-up
Hungry

Editorial

Editor
Owen Oppenheimer
Editing company
The Quarry

Grading

Colourist
Colour grade company
Framestore

VFX

VFX
Matt Chandler
Post production company
Analog
Post Producer
Matt Shannon

Commission

Label
One Little Indian

Misc

Creative Director
Björk

Other credits

Silicone 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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