Biffy Clyro's Tiny Indoor Fireworks

Client: forest of black | Directed By:  Oscar Sansom

Our Work: Character design, 2D Animation and Compositing

We had the pleasure of being asked by Forest of Black to provide 2D animation for the music video for Biffy Clyro’s Tiny Indoor Fireworks.

The song was released during the Covid 19 lockdown and so the production faced multiple challenges.

Firstly, we had to coordinate a team of animators in different locations who were not only responsible for their own sections of the film but also for coming up with unique approaches to the various looks required throughout the video.

For the animation of the band it was vital that we captured not just the likeness of Simon, James and Ben but also their characteristics when they moved.

Luckily we were provided with great reference footage that the band shot themselves in their own homes. To capture their performances we discussed rotoscoping (tracing the footage) but didn’t want that classic, bubbly, rotoscope look. Our solution was to rotoscope the key poses of the actions but then classically inbetween the animation for the rest of the motion to get a hybrid, animation/rotoscope look.

Once the rotoscoping was done we worked on the liquid paint effects, using the motion of the band to direct our animation.

With the animation completed we added layers of texture in the compositing stage to add more life and vibrancy, along with camera shake to add a final touch of energy.

We were also asked to create a very different style of effect, using the motion of the band to create multi-coloured, scratchy, scribbly motion trails to put over the live action.

Forest of Black wanted to create a wild, graffiti style to the effect. After some tests it was decided that the best way to achieve the look was to draw over the frames using digital paint brushes that created a realistic, hand painted effect. Additionally, unlike normal animation, we didn’t refer to previous frames to add a sense of chaos to the final images.

This project was a fascinating challenge both logistically and stylistically. Music videos provide a level of artistic freedom that is almost unique to the genre and it makes for an incredibly enjoyable experience.

At The 2D Workshop we’re obsessed with the art of filmmaking. Whether we’re creating character designs and animation for a jaw dropping ad campaign, bringing VFX magic to an all-star feature length TV bonanza or writing and developing our own IP to showcase all that we LOVE about film. QUALITY is key.

No matter the project our remit stays the same – provide a UNIQUE, CINEMATIC, ARTISTIC piece that delivers the client’s message in the strongest way possible. We tailor our writing, directing, design and animation to each client’s specific requirements. No two projects are the same which suits us to a tee as we endeavour to develop techniques and styles, continually diversifying our filmmaking arsenal.

Situated in the ever inspiring city of EDINBURGH, The 2D Workshop’s team consume and create as much content as possible with an ENERGY and PASSION that has translated directly into each project we’ve delivered since we set up shop in 2012.

If you have a project that deserves an IMAGINATIVE, DYNAMIC, DEDICATED team bringing it to life, get in touch! We’d love to chat more.

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