In this month’s round up of the best in animation, motion graphics and vfx, Rogue gets pyrotechnic, Prime Focus pays homage to A-Ha and Trunk flies south for the winter

Rogue/The Mill

This is Rogue director Sam Brown’s first music video since his Grammy award winning Rolling in the Deep for Adele. Strong is the second single from London Grammar. The pyrotechnic promo was shot at the 6th St Viaduct in LA and shows a tender scene between father and daughter as the father gives the girl a fantastic fireworks show by covering himself in rockets and roman candles and letting her light them.The producers were Charlie Crompton (London) Dom Gomez (London) Sue Yeon Ahn (LA). The director of photography was Autumn Cheyenne Durald. The film was edited at Final Cut by Amanda James. Post was at The Mill and Mill colourist Seamus O’Kane graded the spot. Chris Batten was vfx producer and the 2D Artist was Chris Scott.

London Grammar – ‘Strong’ – Directed by Sam Brown from Rogue Films on Vimeo.

Gelato Go Home

Another short made for Channel 4’s Random Acts is this film, Gelato Go Home, made by Trunk directors Alasdair & Jock. The film seeks to answer the question “where do ice-cream vans go in the winter?” and was inspired by “nature documentaries, Japanese animation and with nods to classic shorts like The Snowman.”

GELATO GO HOME (Director’s Cut) from Trunk Animation on Vimeo.

Prime Focus
Red Bull

Prime Focus Commercials VFX London delivered 60 seconds of hand-drawn animation in a three minute promo film for Red Bull F1/Infiniti car. The A-Ha-style spot involved over 2500 drawings made in the traditional style and then art worked, scanned, composited and graded. The animation director was Eoin Clarke, the exec producer was Jules Pye.

Salad and Synexus

Two from Th1ng this time. The first is Anthony Farquhar-Smith’s stop frame spot for Florette salad’s One Minute Wonders campaign, showing veggies dodging a spaghetti spoon shark. The second, again directed by Farquhar-Smith, for Synexus’ asthma Clinical Research Studies shows a little lost breath on a busy city street.

Florette’s One Minute Wonder from Clintrharding on Vimeo.

th1ng: ‘Lost Your Breath?’ Synexus – Anthony Farquhar Smith from th1ng on Vimeo.

The Studio

The Studio @ Smoke & Mirrors was hired directly by MBNA to create the new spot for its “affinity” credit cards. The spot shows the cards building a ‘little big world’ including hospitals, stadiums and entire cities. The Studio came up with the creative and directed all the animation in-house. The director/ compositor was Dan Andrew.

MBNA – The Power Behind Your Credit Cards from Dan Andrew on Vimeo.

Not to scale

Not to Scale’s Matthias Hoegg directed short Upstairs for C4’s Random Acts slot about the inexplicable noises made by the neighbours.


Ticktockrobot’s Jun Iwakawa’s short is an infographic guide to caring for a new born baby including sleeping, feeding and poo cleaning

Handle With Care – Trailer from ticktockrobot on Vimeo.


Peepshow’s Pete Mellor and Adrian Johnson created this animation for a US online school programme following a day in the life of a student.

Meet Marcus: A K12 Day-in-the-Life from Peepshow Collective on Vimeo.


Griffilms created these animations for an S4C doc about the children’s author Mary Vaughan Jones and her character Tomos Caradog.

Jon Creamer

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