Bobby Tank 'Afterburn'
Bored of seeing the world in boring normo-vision? Allow Superplex Pictures to rectify that for you...
Superplex Pictures deliver an INCREDIBLE amount of information into your brain sure to melt eyeballs and blow minds wider than Bobby Tank's already ear-blinding stormer of a hit. Zan.... [Read More]e Lowe rated the song as 'wonderful', so it was only right that it got the blinder of a video it deserved, especially when the client's looking for "a video as good as the song!"
Fusing live action performance, visual effects, animation, mental lighting and some scantily-clad persons, 'Bobby Tank' has gone on to premiere on wunderbar lifestyle blog The Fader, who said it was "three minutes of hitting the turbo-boost on Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road, except everyone’s topless.."
What was going through Superplex's communal mind when they pitched the video? If you guessed "F**k yeah! Futuristic/fashion inspired scenes from films that don't exist" then you guessed correctly!
Eddie from Superplex Pictures says: "Our original pitch was something along the lines of "‘Afterburn’ fills us with an overwhelming desire to party, dance with beautiful women, fire a gun, jump into a bath of melted chocolate, rob a bank, roll down a hill naked and on and on and on…. ..the idea is to edit together mad, sexy, sensoramic, climactic scenes from films that don’t exist, offcuts stolen from the cutting room floor and wildly stitched together by morphing in and out...."
"We decided that it was too hard to fully explain in words so we cut together some pixel-morph footage that Adam had been experimenting with, and the closest thing that expressed what we were trying to convey which was "Bombay" by El Guincho. The final video is totally different to El Guincho's aesthetically, but the whole feeling of celebration and freedom that you get when watching that promo is a huge aspect of what we originally we trying to achieve."
Throughout the video, Superplex experimented with Pixel-morphing as the "evolution of datamoshing and twixtor-based effects. There's something very satisfying about it, especially when it's timed to the track."
"Adam and I are massive Kubrick fans, 2001: A Space Odyssey specifically. We had always wanted to make our own version of the psychedelic journey at the end, so when we saw the brief up on Radar and subsequently first heard the track, our reaction was, this is our chance!"
One happy customer, Joe from MofoHifi said he was "incredibly happy with what I believe will be regarded as one of the best videos of 2012!"
We blush when they say that Radar is "an excellent resource" (MofoHifi) and when Superplex say, "We would like to thank Radar for acting as matchmaker between Superplex and Bobby Tank. Its a nice feeling getting your first Radar commission!"
Dirs: Adam Baroukh and Eddie Sternberg
Production Company: Superplex Pictures (www.superplex.tv)
Commissioner: Hal Ritson
DoP: Eben Bolter
Camera Assistant/Gaffer: Anais Lorie
Editor: Adam Baroukh
Grade: Adam Baroukh
Edit Consultant: Linton Davies
Opening Credits: Charlie Toqué @ kiupe
Animation: Charlie Vicetto
Production Designer/ Prop Maker: Aurelie Taillefer
Production Designer Assistant: Zoe Knibbs
Hair & Make Up Artist: Katie Gil
Hair & Make Up: Victoria Stride
Costume Designer: Hayley Crompton
Costume Assistant: Teresa Lyander
Creative Consultant: Federica Lazzarini
Production Assistants/Runners: Terry Ashby, Danni Godsi and Alex Baroukh