Björk 'Utopia' by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones

Björk 'Utopia' by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones
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Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones's latest collaboration with Björk is a stunning vision, combining live action and post VFX, for the title track from her new album utopia.

Part of a holistic creative project that includes the striking album cover (shot by Jesse Kanda) and the previous videos for The Gate and Blissing Me, Warren and Nick have created an extraordinarily beautiful interpretation of Björk's concept of Utopia. She awakes in a landscape where nature and fantasy merge, amid her family of female flautists, as a sort of human flower, ready for pollination.

Bjork is very much in the guise of the persona on Kanda's album cover, with the facial adornments created by longtime collaborator James Merry. But the real satisfaction is how Du Preez and Thornton Jones have dovetailed the live action performances, the art direction and the post production so completely. It's certainly one of the greatest Björk videos of recent years. 

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Director
Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones
Director
Warren Du Preez
Director
Nick Thornton Jones
Producer
Campbell Beaton
Production Company
Immortal Productions
Production Manager
Rafnar Hermannsson
1st AD
Gagga Jonsdottir
Director of Photography
Daniel Landin
Focus Puller
Snorri Fairweather
2nd AC
Brynja Dogg Fridriksdottir
Gaffer
Finnur Thor Gudjonsson
Art Director
Heimir Sverrisson
Wardrobe
Edda Gudmundsdottir
Hair
Raphael Salley
Make-up
Hungry
Editor
Owen Oppenheimer
Editing company
The Quarry
Colourist
Jessica Vile
Grading company
Framestore
Post production company
Analog
Post Producer
Matt Shannon
VFX
Matt Chandler
Label
One Little Indian
Creative Director
Björk
Silicone Prosthetics, Braid Jewellery And Flutes
James Merry
CGI Design And VFX Supervisor
Matt Chandler @ Analog
Flutists Costume
Threeasfour
Props & Set Decoration
Hrafnhildur Hólmgeirsdóttir
Thanks
Remi Paringaux
Grade Producer
Chris Anthony @ Framestore
Lead 2D Retouch
Duncan Horn @ Nineteentwenty
Assistant 2D Retouch
Rob Lilley @ Nineteentwenty
Lead 2D Artist
Fabio Zaveti @ Analog
Compositors
Igor Gama, Andre Dias, & Alessandro Melillo @ Analog
Lead 3D Artist
Matt Chandler @ Analog
3D Artists
Maurizio De Angelis, Tim Woods, & Gustav Larsson @ Analog
3D Animation
Julien Loth @ Analog
Typography
M/M (Paris)
Concept Drawings
Alex Noble
Assistant To James Merry
Mao Alheimsdottir
Flutists
Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Björg Brjánsdóttir, Melkorka Ólafsdóttir, Emilía Rós Sigfúsdóttir, Áshildur Haraldsdóttir, Þuríður Jónsdóttir, Steinunn Vala Pálsdóttir, Dagný Marinósdóttir, Sigríður Hjördís Indriðadóttir, Sólveig Magnúsdóttir, Hafdís Vigfúsdóttir
Kimono Co-ordinator
Kenshi Ohkubo
Kimono Stylist
Chiaki Ruri
Iceland Service Producer
Rafnar Hermannsson @ TruNorth
Edit Producer
Charlie Morris
UK Production Manager
Sam Jackson
Iceland Co-ordinator
Gudrun L Magnusdottir
Key Grip
Sigurgeir Thordarsson
Crane Tech
Viktor David Johannsson
Best Boy
Valdmar Johannsson
Electricians
Maria Run Johannsdottir & Eythor Ingvarsson
Dimmer Board Op
Agnar Hermannsson
Set Decorator
Hrafnhildur Holmgeirsdottir
Props
Victor Petur
VTR
Rutur Skaeringur

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