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Gorillaz Return in the Coolest 3D Nightmare You’ve Ever Seen

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The world's biggest animated band enters a new era with a trippy music video directed by Jamie Hewlett and Nexus Studios’ Fx Goby

Gorillaz Return in the Coolest 3D Nightmare You’ve Ever Seen


In a delirium of police lights and hallucinations, the BRIT and Grammy winning virtual band Gorillaz ring in a new dawn. 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel teamed up with Nexus Studios to create the psychedelic video for their new track ‘Cracker Island’ ft. Thundercat. Directed by artist and Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett and the Emmy nominated director, Fx Goby, ‘Cracker Island’ takes viewers on a late night jaunt to the City of Angels.  

Originally based at Kong Studios in West London, the group of musical misfits have relocated to Silverlake, California as they recruit new members to join ‘The Last Cult’, in search of the one truth to fix the world. With this new direction comes a new look, as the band now appear in super stylised 3D, courtesy of a close creative collaboration between Jamie and Fx.  

With a 20-year track record of innovation, this latest move by Gorillaz into 3D paves the way for multi-platform activations and the opportunity for fans to step further than ever before into the weird and wonderful world of Murdoc, Noodle, Russel and 2D. Jamie and Fx’s fusion of animation and live action blends with clever lighting techniques and hallucinatory appearances by virtuosic bassist, mercurial talent and twice-Grammy winner, Thundercat.

On ‘Cracker Island’, Jamie Hewlett’s ground-breaking and ever-evolving creative approach to Gorillaz sees director Fx Goby bring his multidisciplinary expertise to the collaboration drawing on his extensive experience with 2D and 3D animation, live action, and everything in between. 

‘Cracker Island’ is a Nexus Studios and Gorillaz production with on-location support from Tuna Icon (Belgrade) and AzuL (Barcelona), and Grade from Black Kite Studios

“Gorillaz’s iconic and groundbreaking legacy hugely inspired my early animation career. I was thrilled to partner with them to create this blend of live action and animation, and knew we would need the perfect balance between stylised and realistic. I couldn’t be happier with the sculpt and textures both faithful to the design but very much their own version. It was a privilege to work with 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel not only in 3D but in this wild new era” - Fx Goby, director, Nexus Studios

“Think of it as the final scene in the movie, the bit after the grand finale when the hero (me) is about to stride into the sunset, credits rolling. That’s right, we’re starting at the end. Why? COS I WORK IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS” - Murdoc, Gorillaz





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Production Credits

Directors: Jamie Hewlett & Fx Goby

Executive Producers: Jamie Hewlett & Damon Albarn

Production Company: Nexus Studios

Executive Producers: Charlotte Bavasso & Chris O'Reilly, Mike Bell

CG Leads: Dave Hunt & Florian Casper

VFX Supervisor & Compositing Lead: Germán Díez

Director of Photography: Ricky Patel

Editor: Dave Slade

Producer: Jo Bierton

Production Manager: Ruyi Meer

Production Coordinator: Tyler Antin

Production Assistant: Megan Silvester

Storyboard Artist: Rodrigo Aquino Verdun

Character Modeller: Andy Hickinbottom

3D Generalist: Andy Spence

Rigging: Niko Rossi, Nayla Nassar

Modeller & Texture Artist: Catarina Loja

Pipeline TD: Tom Melson

Animators: Fabrice Fiteni, Marylou Mao, Tom Lowe, Fatih Dogan

Lead Lighter: Carl Kenyon

Lighting & Rendering: Pawel Adamiec, Rodi Kaya, Daniel Prince

Lead Compositor: Sacha Danjou

Compositors: Gareth Tredrea, Sander Saks, Hiral Kawa, Alexey Viatvud, Gourav Kumar, Simran Arora, Osman Baloglu

VFX Editors: Andrea Zantiras, Zaki Fulford

Designer & Matte Painters: Milan Baulard, Callum Strachan, Paul Campion

Designer: Ieuan Lewis

2D VFX Animator: Bethany Levy

3D VFX: Paul Mitcheson

Motion Graphics Designer: Nathan Bayliss

Head of Resources: Natalie Busuttil

Resource Manager: Gigi Kohut

Resource Coordinator: Meg Dupont

Archive Producer: Lisa Savage

Sound FX Designer: JM Finch

Grade Company: Black Kite Studios

Colourist: George K

Colour Assist: Thomas Kumeling

Colour Producer: Jade Denn

Marketing & PR: Valentina Tarelli, Nancy Edmondson, Isobel Wise, Steph Anjo

Service Production Company: Tuna Icon

Executive Producer: Ivana Antic

Line Producer: Diana Bojovic

Production Manager: Kristina Markovic

Production Coordinator: Jovana Krnic

Casting Coordinator: Igor Milakov

Key PA: Iva Masic

1st AD: Ivan Grbin

2nd AD: Ratko Obrenov

3rd AD: Danilo Cekovic

Production Designer: Goran Joksimovic

PD Assistant: Livija Mikic

Picture vehicle Coordinator: Dejan Kokot

SFX Supervisor: Zamal M’Barek

Costume Stylist: Ivana Ivic

Stylist Assistants: Ivana Djurkovic & Sofija Jaksic

Hair Stylist: Vasilisa Maljm

Makeup Artist: Irena Miletic

Makeup Artist Assistant: Galina Yurkevych

Makeup Artist Thundercat: Irene Leon

Key Grip: Ivan Lekovic

Gaffer: Igor Pavlovic

Light desk operator: Nikola Uzelac

Focus puller: Milan Kostic

2nd AC: David Kostic

Video Assist: Željko Nikolic

Q-take: Ivan Tanaskovic

DIT: Jovan Nikolic

Playback operator: Srdjan Bajski

Unit Manager: Oliver Rnjak

Transport Coordinator: Miodrag Jovicic

Spanish Service Co: AzuL

Producer: Lyndsay Fields

Line Producer: Sol Jonas Mackinlay

Production Assistant: Judith Gómez

Production Runner: Juanma Romera

Focus Puller: Rafael Miralles

Video Operator: Victor Rodríguez

DIT: Eduardo Jiménez

Gaffer: Albert Álvarez

Wireless Tech: Martí Pluma

Spark: Pablo Perez

Wardrobe Assistant: Cyntia Rodriguez

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Nexus Studios, Fri, 29 Jul 2022 01:38:57 GMT