A look behind the scenes of Björk’s 2017 video.
Back in 2017, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, poet and hand embroidery SoundCloud Reposts James Merry and Andrew Thomas Huang came together in collaboration with Björk to bring into being the surreal world of ‘The Gate’.
The utopian vision, which takes cues from fantasy video game landscapes, sees Björk inviting us to observe her inner most processes, as she allows us to glimpse into the wound that featured prominently in the imagery surrounding her 2015 album, Vulnicura, before exchanging energies with an intricately animated CGI lover.
Photos by Andrew Thomas Huang
For the final instalment of Andrew Thomas Huang’s residency, the Grammy-nominated filmmaker deconstructs his mind-expanding vision for ‘The Gate’, shedding light on every aspect of the production, from the Alessandro Michele-designed dress that Björk wears, to the motion capture performers and jaw-dropping 3D animation from visual effects team Wolf & Crow.
The video is the culmination of a five-year period of continuous collaboration between Huang and Björk, which includes stunning visual accompaniments for ‘Mutual Core’ and ‘Black Lake’, a “moving album cover” and a series of digital avatars for Vulnicura, VR works for ‘Stonemilker’ and ‘Family’, as well as a dual-screen installation at the MoMA.
For more information about Andrew Thomas Huang and his work, you can visit his website and follow him on SoundCloud.
Björk – ‘The Gate’ Credits:
Director: Andrew Thomas HuangCreative Directors: Bjork, James Merry, Andrew Thomas Huang & Alessandro Michele
Executive Producers: Tom Berendsen, Sara Greco, Kevin Shapiro & Tai ThittichaiProducers: Sara Nassim & Jeremy Hartman
Cinematographer: Oliver MillarProduction Designer: Grace Alie
Dress by Gucci
Choreographer: Nina McNeelyAvatar Dancer: Leo MorimuneMakeup by Andrew GallimoreHair by Johnny Stuntz
Visual Effects by WOLF & CROWProduction Supervisor: Conor BaileyProduction Coordinator: Jenni Lopez1st A.D.: George NessisArt Director: Alex NawrockiArt PA: Carlyn HaukChoreography Assistant: Danny Axley1st A.C.: Wayne Goring2nd A.C.: Dom JonesDIT: Mark WilenkinCrane Operators: Christian Hurley & Derrick RosePursuit Systems Operator: Yuriy Fuks
Gaffer: Drew ValentiACLT: Joey WaringSLT: Will MartinezBoard Op: Derek HoffmanKey Grip: Chris BauerBest Boy Grip: Christopher PeveyGrip: Steve CoreasGrip: Ricky WalterGrip: Michael Telfer
Dress by GucciCreative Director: Alessandro MicheleVIP Designer: Daniel Del CorePattern Maker/Modelist: Carlos GarciaTailor: Paola Biasini
MOTION CAPTURE by Animatrik StudiosTom ArmbrusterVTR/Playback: Matt HillyerScript Supervisor: Nathan Snyder
Office PA: Nick JaicomoTruck PA: Doug KoontzAD PA: Manny JimenezSet PAs: Jim Ryan & Cecilia Sweet-CollCraft Service: Paloma AguirreSite Rep: John Dexter
Visual Effects by Wolf & CrowExecutive Producer & Managing Director: Kevin ShapiroVFX Lead: Adam SwaabCG Lead: Matt BerentyCompositing Lead: Matt LavoyCharacter Animation Lead: Mitch Gonzalez2D Animator: Kevin Stein3D Animator: Scott PinsonCompositor: Kevin KimVFX Animator: Wilfred DriscollOn Set Supervision: Benoit MannequinColorist: Mark WilenkinSenior Producer: Matthew OlsonAssociate Producer: Sophia Richard
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