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The Doors Celebrate 50th Anniversary of ‘Riders on the Storm’ with Stunning New Film

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Great Guns directing duo Brendo+Gonfiantini craft a strikingly psychedelic interpretation of the iconic track

The Doors Celebrate 50th Anniversary of ‘Riders on the Storm’ with Stunning New Film

Legendary rock band The Doors are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their iconic track ‘Riders on the Storm’ with the release of a stunning new music video. 

Directed by Great Guns’ Brendo+Gonfiantini through LANDIA, the surreal film stars Brazilian actress Gabrielle Joie as a woman who awakens, crucified on an electric pole, in a dreamlike world. After untying herself from the cross, she commandeers a motorbike and rides through town as her appearance shifts and evolves. Alongside her journey, we see dizzying interludes of light, colour, and abstract imagery whilst the protagonist dances for the camera, her body and features distorted. Finally, she arrives back at the electric pole, as a blazing trail of flames leads back to another version of herself on the motorbike. 


Fresh off a Cannes Lions Grand Prix win for Mercado Livre’s ‘Feed Parade’, Brendo+Gonfiantini worked to tell a powerful, personal story about a battle against ego and the oppression and judgement we face in our lives. Looking to transpose the song’s psychedelic nature into 2021, the duo utilised virtual production and Unreal Engine whilst blending traditional 3D imagery with a video game aesthetic, crafting an uncanny world of transgression and surrealism. 

The duo also included a number of easter eggs throughout the film that pay tribute to The Doors’ iconic history. These include a visual parallel of the inner sleeve of the band’s LP ‘L.A. Woman’, which features imagery of a woman crucified on a pole, and a reference to an image of Jim Morrison as a child, balancing himself on the top of a bicycle. 

Directors Brendo+Gonfiantini comment: “Our goal was to create a striking homage to the original track by connecting all generations of listeners and bringing modernity and technology to an intense narrative. A question that we asked ourselves many times was ‘how do we create a new psychedelic look in a world immersed in games, with a sense of magic and unthinkable possibilities?’ With that in mind, we worked with Unreal Engine to translate all this psychedelia into a gaming language, imbuing the track with all the glory and contemporaneity it deserves.”

The video premiered on December 3rd at 11am PT on The Doors YouTube channel. 

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A Film by: Brendo+Gonfiantini (represented outside Brazil by Great Guns)

Production Company: LANDIA

The Doors: Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, John Densmore

Product Manager for WMG: Alicia Yaffe

Management: Jeff Jampol, Kenny Nemes

Genero Global Head of Production: Mark Roemer

LANDIA’s EP & Manager Director: Sebastian Hall, Carol Dantas

LANDIA’s EP: Valentina Baisch

Executive Producer Assistant: Larissa Delfini

Head of Production: Camilla Bastos

Producer Assistant: Luciana Andrade, Natália Petrechen

Post Production Coordinator: Elton Bronzeli

​​Post Production Coordinator Assistant: Rui Fontes

Editor: Nathalia Kamura

Starring: Gabe Joie

Director of Photography: Adriano Gonfiantini

Production Designer: Brendo Garcia

Stylist: Yumi Kurita

Stylist Assistant: Rafha Castro

Fashion Producer: Giovanna Gobbi

MUAH: Guilherme Casagrande

MUAH Assistant: Grasiela Paz

MUAH Management: Fernanda Sá

MUAH Management Assistant: Ivy Faria

Nail Artist: Roberta Muniz

Casting: Cintia Cappellano

Post-Production: Clan VFX

VFX Supervision: Luiz Adriano, Luciano Neves

Executive Production: Luiz Adriano, Mônica Delfini

Pots-Production Coordination: Tânia Ripardo

Post-Production Coordination: Assistant Pedro Maia

Conform: Murilo Moraes, Eliel Pereira

Composition: Luiz Adriano, Tadeu Carraca

Motion Graphics: Guilherme Caires (Montanha), Gustavo Fernandes

CGI Coordinator: Fabrício Rabachin

CGI Modeling: Marcel Tsuruda, Rodrigo Braga

Texturing and Shading: Fabrício Rabachin, Rodrigonbraga, Luciano Neves

Animation: Fernando Fracaroli

Camera Tracking: João Sheeperson

Simulation: Luciano Neves, Luiz Adriano

Grading: Marla Colour Grading

Colour Grading Artist: Fernando Lui

Producer: Leandro Basso Neto

Grading Assistant: Rodrigo Farias, Natalia Teraoka

Real-time Environment: xCAVE

XR Creative Director: Rodrigo Hurtado

Executive Producer: Camila Santos

Producer: Rafaela Aquino

Real-time Visual Effects Lead: Paulo Henrique Lima

Real-time Virtual Production: Paulo Furtado

Real-time Technical Artist: Juan Gonzales

3D Character Artist: Rodriga Ávila

Simulation and Visual Effects Artist: Robson Sampaio

Real-time Environment Artist: Fábio Guedes

3D Animator Lead: Marcos Elias

Virtual Production: TD Studio

CEO: Tiago Magnus

Director of Virtual Production: Brayhan Hawryliszyn

3S Artist / On Set Optimization: Teo Tavares

Ncam Camera Tracking: João Henrique Borges Ferreira, Renato De Robertis

Virtual Production Assistant: João Henrique Borges Ferreira, Renato De Robertis, Miller Ludgerio

Broadcast Technician: Mario Soares De Almeida Junior

LED Wall: Octa LED Lighting Shows

Lighting Desk Operator: Rodnei Hamaguchi

Operators: Bruno Pereira Pacheco, Jair Barbosa de Barros, Gilberto da Silva, Pedro Alexandre Albino da Silva, Jucimar da Silva, Ronaldo de Lima Andre, Marcos Simões Molina

Sound Mixing: LOUD

Production Manager: Monica Alves, Heitor Vasconcellos

1st AC: Pati Gimenez, Eduardo Augusto Duque (Pimenta)

2st AC: Camila Morales Maffia, Caio Freitas de Oliveira

Playback Operator: Ester de Araújo

Loader: Allan Souza de Almeida

Movi Operator: José Lopes de Maria Júnior, Adriano Gonfiantini

Crane Operator: Rodrigo Soares da Cruz

1st AD: Gustavo Gusmão

Chief Lighting Technician: Juarez Rios (Prego)

Assistant Chief Lighting Technician: Hudson Monteiro de Lima Dantas, Daniel Siqueira Zuculo

Key Grip: Daniel Francisco dos Santos

Grip: Álvaro dos Santos Bispo

Best Boy: Waldir Wagner Bravo Junior (Tica), Mauricio Cordeiro Dias, Carlos André Joaquim Santos (Dedé)

Genny Operator: Carlos Jose de Jesus

Catering: Cine Café, Graciene, Manoel

Drivers: Sebastiao Nilo da Costa, Juarez Ratti, Zuilto Joaquim de Santana, Otacilio Pimenta da Silva, Ronaldo, Sidnei Paiva, Gesiel Muniz de Carvalho

Prop Coordinator: Gisela Villalva

Prop Coordinator Assistant: Valdir Monteiro

Prop Maker: Pelé Leonarchic

Painter: Marcelinho Fernandes, Wanderley Domingues Scaciotti

Prop Master: Rafael Canal

Storyboard Artist: Marcelinho Fernander

Title/Poster Designer: Eder Xavier, Brendo Garcia

Making of: Otávio César Tavares de Souza, Miller Ludgerio

Making of editor: Renan Prado

Medical Service: Vanessa Aparecida Oliveira Rocha

Firefighter: Rafael Tiago Giovanello

Studio: MOVI&ART

Coordination: Claudinha

Coordination Assistant: Michel Nogueira

Studio Maintenance: Vanderlei, Michel Nogueira

Prop Archive: Gabriel

Post-production Coordinator: Rafael Malavasi

I.T.: Matheus Pizzani

Suppliers: Marc Filmes, Next move, Cinecidade, Casa do Produtor, Electrica, Bru Art, Monstercam

Special Thanks: Nelson Marcondes, Morning Star by Karolina.Neckman.

Genres: Animation, Visual VFX, Musical

Categories: Music video, Short Films and Music Videos

Great Guns London, Mon, 06 Dec 2021 11:09:35 GMT