“Let Go” Video by David Wilson “Let Go” Video by David Wilson
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“Let Go” Video by David Wilson

David Wilson created this visually arresting hand-drawn music video to accompany “Let Go,” a new track by The Japanese Popstars. The concept and execution are very polished, but Wilson might want to do a better job of masking his influences (the similarities to animation by Blu, Christy Karacas, and especially Andreas Hykade’s Love and Theft gave the whole thing a feeling of ‘been there, done that). Impressively, the video was created in twenty days. Here’s a making of piece that explains some of the ideas behind the piece.

Directed by David Wilson
Produced by Serena Noorani and Tamsin Glasson at Colonel Blimp
Commissioned by Nicola Brown for Virgin/EMI
Primary Illustrator: Keaton Henson
Secondary Illustrators: David Wilson and Andres Guzman
Drawn Animation: Malcolm Draper, Matt Lloyd, Ed Suckling, Toby Jackman, Elena Pomares, David Wilson, Jamie Page
Flash Animation: Michael Zauner, John Malcolm Moore, Ed Suckling, Toby Jackman, Elena Pomares, Andrew Clarke
After Effects Compositing and Effects: Andy Montague via The Mill
Coloring: Christopher Wright, Sally Hancox, Zoe Hough, Alex Simpson, Josh Stocker

(Thanks, Carlo Guillot)

  • Brad Constantine

    That’s a lot of Draw-rings in a very short amount of time. Way to dive in and get it done while keeping a fresh feel to it.

  • When I first saw Love and Theft, I thought the concept wasn’t particularly interesting, like I had seen it before. And I probably had seen something with morphing heads like that sometime in the past. But that doesn’t discount how fun (and amazing) that piece and this piece were. I don’t think there’s such a thing as a virgin birth in art, and I’m really happy people expound on prior ideas, interests, and designs to reimagine things and make something new. Thanks for posting this!

    • amid

      Jake, Of course there’s no such thing as an original idea. Heck, in the post right before this one, I compared Doomed to Ward Kimball’s Mars and Beyond. It’s just that more mature filmmakers understand how to remix elements into a personal and unique statement. This video feels warmed-over, like Wilson is picking and pulling pieces from all over (very competently no doubt), but lacking a point of view. And I hate to say that because it’s well done and enjoyable to watch, especially if you’re unfamiliar with what he’s borrowing from. But compare it to a video like Anthony Schepperd’s “Music Scene”. Wherever he’s pulling from, Schepperd puts such a strong personal stamp on it that it becomes undeniably his own. Your own Terrible Thing of Alpha-9 is another good example of something that transcends whatever influences it may have started off with.

  • The term I use, Amid, is “being greater than the sum of your influences’ -something rarely seen in animation.

    This is a nice little film, though, and I wouldn’t disparage it on any grounds.

  • Isaac

    The lip-sync reminds me of early cartoons, before animators had the art of lip-sync down.