The official animated video for David Gilmour’s “Rattle That Lock” was created by Alasdair and Jock from London-based production house Trunk Animation, under the creative directorship of Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis. The hand-drawn animation depicts various facets from John Milton’s Paradise Lost, from which “Rattle That Lock” lyricist Polly Samson drew her inspiration. Trunk directors Alasdair Brotherston and Jock Mooney, alongside producer Richard Barnett, assembled a team of 12 animators, artists and compositors, who worked continuously over three months, taking their main inspiration from the first three books of Paradise Lost, while also drawing on details from across all twelve volumes. The film follows the fall of Satan from the kingdom of Heaven and his subsequent journey through Pandemonium, Purgatory and Chaos on his way to corrupt the virgin Earth.
“Rattle That Lock” begins with the four notes, created by Michaël Boumendil, which precede announcements at French SNCF railway stations which David Gilmour recorded on his iPhone at Aix-en-Provence station.
Director: Alasdair + Jock
Production Company: Trunk Animation
Creative Director: Aubrey Powell @ Hipgnosis
2D Animation: Layla Atkinson, Alasdair Brotherston, Stuart Doig, Carlos De Faria, Alex Potts
3D Animation: Clélia Leroux, Rok Predin
Art Workers: Rachel Callinan, Ana Garcia, Théo Gremillet, Laura Ireland, Reina Shibahara
Illustration: Jock Mooney
Compositing: Alasdair Brotherston, Andy Hague
Audio Post Production: Fonic
Sound Editor: Marty O’Brien
Sound Design and Mix: Barnaby Templer
Music: David Gilmour/ Michaël Boumendil / Lyrics: Polly Samson