David Knight - 11th May 2021

Visual effects artist and animator Matt Westrup collaborates with Hybrid's Mike and Charlotte Truman on this richly cinematic visual for Flashpoint, the first track released from the British electronic band's sixth album.

The video builds an ominous atmosphere on a scale to match the track with a combination of Truman's live action work - as DoP as well as directing - and Westrup's visual effects and character design. With Covid lockdowns in place, the latter worked remotely with the band to create this, the first in what is a series of short films to accompany the new album. The partnership has worked a treat.

When a digital face starts appearing on screens to question everyday life it precedes a meator storm over English countryside. The film features Hybrid's Lottie Truman as the main character who investigates the weird phenomenon, riding through country roads and into railway sidings on her motorbike.

But the main focus is on establishing the cinematic scale - and introducing an alien 'angel' who has landed in the meteor storm. So it's appropriate this comes with a 'To Be Continued...' finale. Looking forward to seeing what the team come up with in the next chapter.

PRO Credits


DirectorMike Truman
DirectorMatt Westrup
WriterCharlotte Truman
ProducerCharlotte Truman
Director of PhotographyMike Truman
Art DirectorMike Truman
Art DirectorMatt Westrup
EditorMatt Westrup
ColouristMatt Westrup
VFXMatt Westrup
Director's RepresentationJoyrider
CommissionerRichard Elson
LabelDistinctive Records
Other creditsOpening monologue: James Scudamore Featuring: Edmund Kingsley

David Knight - 11th May 2021

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