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ODESZA Explores Complex Human Emotions in Epic Animated Video 'Light of Day'

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Blinkink director Balázs Simon combines live action, motion capture, 2D and 3D animation to being the film to life

ODESZA Explores Complex Human Emotions in Epic Animated Video 'Light of Day'

Balázs Simon continues to push the boundaries of animation as he directs this stunning promo for ODESZA’s Light of Day featuring Ólafur Arnalds. Off the back of music videos for BRONSON and Bastille, as well as the Winter Olympics promo for the BBC, the Hungarian director is on a roll. 

We follow a man traversing the mountains on a life affirming journey, taking him from the harshness of his reality to the euphoric surreality of his inner self as he reaches his goal against all odds. It explores the complexity of human emotion as the protagonist progressively loses sense of reality versus his imagination. 

Spanning live action, motion capture, 2D and 3D animation, the film poignantly captures the exhilarating emotion of achievement through cinematic animation and intricate camerawork. To create an immersive world, the environments were crafted in 3D with painterly 2D brushstrokes applied.

The character’s movement was recorded via motion capture and real life elements were shot to complement the 3D environment, heightening the sense of realism. The world is rich in texture and has a tactile yet abstract feel. Balázs’ visual language coupled with ODESZA’s cinematic sound is a match made in heaven. 

Balazs Simon, “I was fascinated by the idea of this very old character who gets rejuvenated in a sense during his struggle to experience something magical. This film is about focusing on the values of life, and not giving in to the pressures we face each day. I wanted to harness the immersive qualities of 3D animation, but also make it more painterly than usual. The result is a mixture of hand painted backgrounds, in camera effects, motion capture and tens of thousands of algorithmic brush strokes in each frame!”

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Production Company: Blinkink

Director: Balázs Simon

Executive Producer: Josef Byrne

Producer: Máté Barbalics

Head of Production: Alex Halley

Shooting Team

Dop: Max Halstead

Stop Motion Producer: Sami Goddard

Art Director: Brin Frost

Studio: Clapham Road Studios

Studio Manager: Daisy Garside

Art Dept: Beattie Hartley

Post Production Team

Art Director: Péter Kántor (Greenroom)

Lead Previs Artist: Dane Armour

Previs Artist: Jonathan Meret, Dávid Dell'Edera

Character Sculpting: László Aszalós

Lead Compositor: Doma Harkai

Compositor: Adrián Majoros

Compositor: Csaba Bálint

Graphic Artist: András Gunda

Colorist: Szilárd Tötszegi

Dancer: Bea Egyed

Sound Design: Jacob Wheeler

Storyboard: Mysie Pereira

Sunnyside Animation

Producer: Dániel Szabó

Rigging TD: Hollósy Zoltán

Character Animation: Dániel Szabó, Barcsay Marcell,György Fábos

Mocap Recording: Gergely Rácz

Blendshape Artist: János Császár


Producer: Ádám György

Lead Compositor: Balázs Seress

Compositing: Szabolcs Pál, Dávid Velenczei


Producer: Miklós Kázmér

3D Assets: Battore Haraszti

Compositing: Dániel Streer, Cecília Deszk


Producer: Róbert Erdélyi

VFX Producer: András Piroska

Head of CGI: Áron Hargitay

CGI Supervisor: Sándor Garaczi

Houdini Technical Director: Ádám Mariházi

Houdini Artist: Zoltán Markó, Szabolcs Mazsari, István Bori, Gábor Rákossy, Iván Vörös

CGI Generalist: Gyula Némedi

Compositing: Hosseini Shahab, Balázs Lublováry, Áron Németi, Kristóf Gaál, Viktor Miltényi

Special Thanks: Stephen McNally, Gyula Sziklafi, András Pflum Family

Categories: Music video, Short Films and Music Videos

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