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Blinkink's Nicos Livesey Creates a Skeleton-Filled Gore-Drenched World for Metal Band Conan

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Nicos directs stop-motion blood fest for ‘Paincantation’

Blinkink's Nicos Livesey Creates a Skeleton-Filled Gore-Drenched World for Metal Band Conan

Fresh off the back of his Iron Maiden ’The Writing On The Wall’ promo, the king of heavy metal music videos, Nicos Livesey returns with another skeleton filled, gore drenched madness for Conan. 

‘Paincantation’ is a stop-motion blood fest which sees a warrior skeleton summoned by the high priests to harvest other planet's precious elements. It’s a short and epic promo of non-stop energy created with 3D printed characters and a hell of a lot of incredibly intricate set builds. 

Nicos had this to say on the process: "Conan and I wanted to make something drenched in Ray Harryhausen vibes. So stop motion was the approach from the get go and of course, skeletons.

"Other than that the band gave me total creative freedom to do whatever I’d like, the lyrics of the track initially inspired me and then I pushed the idea further into a sci-fi world and created the concept of these high priest skeletons who send warriors across the universe to harvest other planets precious elements to keep their own dying planet from decaying further.

"Then it was working out how to make something as visually epic and punishingly heavy as the riffs that Conan delivers in their tracks. 

"We went for detail over animation. Keep the movement simple and go full whack on the set builds, lighting and atmosphere. That way we could really create intricate environments, characters and props.

"Stop motion was the main technique we used, but there is a fair amount of live action in it too and we embellished the whole lot with 2D FX animation and a few CG elements in comp as well as real slime, macro slow motion lemonade, a hell of a lot of smoke and blood. 3D printing was used for the hero skeletons head, I wanted the main warrior to have a unique appearance in comparison to the other skeletons. 

"Cutting a lot from fully live action shots to frame by frame stop motion shots we layered certain techniques from live action over to stop motion and vice versa to lead the eye through the change in techniques. Mad what you can get away with. It gives it this sort of 80’s horror vibe. 

"We of course had an incredible team all majorly invested in stop motion and doing it for the love. Can’t thank them all enough."

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Director: Nicos Livesey

EP: Bart Yates

Head of Music Videos: Josef Byrne

Producer: Alex Halley

Director Of Photography: Max Halstead

Camera Assistant: George Warren

Concept Art: Will Dozer

Concept Art: Nicos Livesey

Storyboards: Nicos Livesey

Art Director: Emma-Rose Dade

Art Director: Catherine Prowse

Puppet Maker: Adeena Grubb

Model Maker: Nicos Livesey

Model Maker: Ewa Luczkow

Model Maker: Jake Teale

Model Maker: Helen Ferguson

Model Maker: Natalie Jones

Model Maker: Becky Weston

Model Maker: Lena Doughty

Model Maker: Jennifer Kidd

Model Maker: Kat Simpson

Model Maker: Saskia Tomlinson

Model Maker: Meg Dupont

Model Maker: Holly O’Neill

Model Maker: Lulu Senft

Model Maker: Adeena Grubb

Model Maker: Jay Cloud

Model Maker: Maria Negredo

Model Maker: Sorrel Milne

Model Maker: James Owens

Model Maker: Angus Choy

Model Maker: Belle Eyres

Model Maker: Alice Simonato

Model Maker: Phoebe McCaughley

Model Maker: Greg Ambarchian

Model Maker: Suzi Battersby

Model Maker: Michelle Andrew

Model Maker: Jade Duncan-Knight

Embroidery: Victor Jakalfabet

Stop Motion Animator: Andy Biddle

Stop Motion Animator: Dan Gill

Stop Motion Animator: Tim Allen

Stop Motion Animator: Nicos Livesey

Stop Motion Animator: Max Halstead

Animation Rigging: Robin Jackson

Lead Compositor: Simone Ghilardotti

Compositor: John Malcolm Moore

Compositor: Emre Samiolgu

Compositor: Alasdair Brotherston

Compositor: Stephen McNally

Compositor: Rob Ward

2D Animation: George Johnson

CG: Dorianne Fibleuil

CG: Sandrine Giminez

Sound Design: Alex Pieroni

VO Artist: Nicos Livesey

VO Recording and Final Mix: Jacob Wheel @ Major Tom

Colourist: Duncan Russell

Studio: Clapham Road Studios

Studio Manager: Daisy Garside

Genres: Animation

Categories: Music video, Short Films and Music Videos

Blink / Blinkink, Thu, 28 Oct 2021 14:59:00 GMT