Absolute’s VFX Make Goldfrapp’s Vampire Video Look Alive - And Trippy
Press Release from Absolute
Yes, the video for British band Goldfrapp's latest synthpop single was cool before VFX studio Absolute got its hands on it. (Vampire aerobics dancers and goth thugs in leather pants? Yes, please.) But after Absolute worked its magic on Alive, the music video launched into psychedelic territory.
Singer Alison Goldfrapp, already mesmerizing in a shimmery white gown, now beams white lasers from her fingertips, and her most dramatic arm gestures leave a rainbow trail. Her collection of girly vampire dancers apparate on the scene with a stuttered halo effect around their leotard-clad bodies. The dancers' white fangs grow before your eyes, and the blood that drips from their mouths and pools around their goth victims looks like glittery, multicolored juice.
"The effects required technical precision, and creatively, they had to fit the style of the music and the performers," said Absolute Executive Producer Sally Heath. "It was challenging, but it was a blast, too. It's not every day you get to work with '80s-style vampire dancers!"
Alive premiered May 18.
Prod Co: Rokkit
Director of Photography: Ross McLennan
EP: Luke Jacobs
Producer: Helen Potter, Adam Joseph
Editorial Co: Lost Planet
Editor, Colorist: Paul Snyder
Producer: Jaclyn Paris
Post/Effects Co: Absolute Post
Lead VFX: Aniello Zampella, JD Yepes, Dirk Greene, Nathan Kane, James "Krispy" Cornwell
VFX Artist(s): Krissy Nordella, Warren Paleos, Betty Cameron
EP: Sally Heath
Producer: Eve Strickman
Shoot Location: London
Founded in 2004 by David Smith, one of world's leading Flame artists, Absolute is a high-end VFX studio working within the commercial, emerging media, music video, and film communities. With offices in New York and London, Absolute over the years has collected numerous industry accolades including two BTAA awards, a D&AD pencil, a Cannes Lion, an APA Collection Diamond, three Andy wins and an MTV video statue. The New York office opened in 2007, helmed by CD Dirk Greene, to further facilitate Absolute's international client roster with a growing Flame and CG service.