The promo for How To Destroy Angels, the band from Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, demanded a unique and unusual workflow for The Mill team, who partnered with production company Skunk and Director John Hillcoat to create this cinematic piece.
For 'Ice Age', the second music video The Mill has worked on for the group, the finishing was broken into two stages. Once the base layer composites were completed, the entire project was exported and run through various analogue monitors and recorders. This technique created an unpredictable range of distortion effects that were then woven back into the base conform to degrade the Alexa look and support the motif of the world freezing. The melting 'erasure' techniques used on the stock footage and the gif animations where the footage seems skipped or seized up also further this theme. These effects paired with the beautiful color grade and cinematography resulted in this intriguing music video.
"Our aim in the color correct was to enhance the subdued melancholy cool of the lighting while still keeping it beautiful in the skin tones, a feel that contrasted nicely with the analogue effects in the middle of the piece," said Mill Colorist Fergus McCall. We also used a blend through various hand drawn shapes of two significantly different looks to create interest at the edges of the image. All colorists know, however, that interesting techniques like this only look best if the raw material is well lit, and there's no doubt Linus provided us with great images to build on."
Production Company: Skunk
Record Company: Columbia
Director: John Hillcoat
Executive Producer: Shelly Townsend
Producer: Jonathan Pavesi
Director of Photography: Linus Sandgren
Analogue Effects: Gunther Campine
Editor: Dylan Tichenor
Edit Assist: Chris Patterson
VFX & Design
VFX & Design: The Mill
Executive Producer: Sean Costelloe
VFX Producer: Rachel Stones
2D Lead Artists: Corey Brown, Nathan Kane
2D Artists: Danny Morris, Tony Robins, Melissa Graff, Burtis Scott, Jade Kim, Dusty Diller, Randy Krueger, Kshitij Khanna