Gorillaz ft Leee John 'The Lost Chord' (Ep. 9) by Jamie Hewlett, Tim McCourt and Max Taylor
The ninth and final episode from the Gorillaz' Song Machine series, and arguably Jamie Hewlett and co-directors Tim MCourt and Max Taylor have saved the best to last.
If finding Elton John in cartoon form in Episode 7 was a surprise - how about his namesake Leee getting top billing as an angry sea monster, laying waste to a precious piece of Gorillaz history?
The video for The Lost Chord is undoubtedly the most spectacular of the nine videos for the Song Machine album, but it is also in keeping with the rest of the series, particularly in exploring the increasing vulnerability of the previously devilish Murdoc. He has definitely met his match here, with the former frontman of 80s pop-soul outfit Imagination playing a chained Neptune-like creature who invades the band's poignant return to a now-desolate Plastic Beach with a momentous temper tantrum.
This has been a brilliant series. As a body of work its as as good as anything in the Gorillaz canon. It's a real achievement by a consistent team of animators who have worked throughout the series. And the comic genius of Jamie Hewlett is still a bit underrated.
|Production Company||The Line|
|Production Manager||Samia Ahmed|
|Production Manager||Lisa A. Smith|
|Lead Animator||Venla Linna|
|Grading company||Time Based Arts|
|1st AD||Tom Kelly|
|1st AD||Luke Goodrich|
|Director of Photography||Max Halstead|
|Focus Puller||Toby Goodyear|
|Focus Puller||Benjy Kirkman|
|Costume designer||Catherine Ladd|
|SFX Make-up||Natasha Lawes|
|SFX Make-up||Bethan Adams Stringer|
|VFX Supervisor||Bernie Varela|
|Other credits||Phantom Operator: Stephen Price Production Assistants: Laurence Moss & Skye van der Walt 2D Animation: Amanda Holm, Alvise Zennaro, Diego Porral 2D FX Animation: Mattieu Petit Clean Up Artists: Laura Büchert Schjødt, Daniel Morales Ramirez, Maria Sandvig Nielsen, Alison Oxborrow, Diego Porral Matte Paint: Antoine Birot Compositing: Freddie Lewis-Wall, Bernardo Varela, Elliott Kajdan, Valerie Guichard Live Action Production Assistant: Alice Hayes Production Runner: Sinead Solomon, Joanna Thompson, Laurence Moss, Skye Van Der Walt Electrician: Richard Harrowing, Charlie Manningwalker, Jon Prentice, Greg Probart Rigger: Steve Daly, Kristian Fletcher Wardrobe Assistant: Liz Crossman SFX Makeup Trainee: Jane Emily Arnold Special Effects Supervisors: Mats Rivenes, George Finnamore Trainee Special Effects: Antonio Cardoso Catering: Aga Aga Catering, Little Cooking Pot Camera Kit: Love High Speed Covid Supervisor: Karl Lawton Additional Plastic Beach footage courtesy of Tristan Oliver and Passion Pictures|
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