Ned Wenlock: “Apache” for Danger Beach
What was the concept behind the spinning environment in the piece?
How did you execute the concept and what types of mixed media where used?
The video was created in After Effects with imported files from Illustrator, textured in photoshop. I had 3 main comps that ran the length of the video, one for the inside loop, the middle loop and the outside loop. The backgrounds panned inside these comps (pic A) and the main action happened in the centre. These comps were then taken into the final TV res comp and turned into 3D. I then duplicated each comp about 10 times and masked along the comp (pic B). I attached each section to the one previous and rotated all of them on the Y axis to form the bend. I then masked the ends so that the action dissolves to nothing.
The style of the environments and characters is very graphic. Was there a particular inspiration for this approach?
I do like things to be simple. I’m attracted to mid 20th century design but I don’t tend to get locked into a style. I like to explore things graphically through shapes and have something come out of that. A bit like a magpie, I’ll find a shape for a nose I like and use it on one character but use something different for another character. I like the concept of collage of styles within illustration.
Altogether, how much time did the piece take you from start to finish and how was the working relationship between yourself and the band, Danger Beach?
I contacted the band at the end of Feb this year and I worked on the video in my spare time finishing it last week. It’s a self initiated video, I do these to explore Illustration styles and modes of storytelling that I don’t get much chance to do in my commercial work (www.hoverlion.com). The band was understandably very happy.
Do you have future plans to continue working in the music video genre?
Yes, I think the simple combination of music and animation is one of the best things going. I’ve made a few already and I do plan to make more. It’s just a matter of finding a track that sparks something I want to say in animation.
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Director: by Ned Wenlock