David Knight - 5th Aug 2020

This splendid video for Bastille was directed by London-based Iranian animation director Reza Dolatabadi, who worked with a team of artists from US, UK to Iran to a two minute plus blockbuster about the perils of social media frying everybody's minds.

One benefit of lockdown means that this very valid subject can be handled in a more imaginative way through animation than in live action. That is what Dolatabadi and his team have done here, in a brilliant fusion of 2D and 3D animation. This also involves a very dynamic, comic book-esque depiction of the band - and guest artist Graham Coxon - which also explodes a few preconceptions about shooting band performance.

In short, one of the most successful projects involving animation of the past few months. And by the way, Bastille's Dan appears to be directing his pithy message to The Man at Facebook (and Instagram, and Whatsapp)...

Credits

DirectorReza Dolatabadi
ProducerReza Dolatabadi
Art DirectorHamid Bahrami
Art DirectorReza Dolatabadi
Art DirectorAmir.b.ash
EditorReza Dolatabadi
VFXReza Dolatabadi
VFXAmir.b.ash
CommissionerBastille
Other creditsCharacter Designs & 2D Layouts: Hamid Bahrami @hameedbahrami 3D Artist: Amir.B.Ash Animation Supervision: Ehsan Ansari Character Animation: Hamid Bahrami, Ehsan Ansari, Yasin Haghighi, Amir Kazemi

David Knight - 5th Aug 2020

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