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Martin De Thurah directs a smoothly hypnotic and ghostly promo for James Blake's 'Retrograde'

Working with A+ and Bacon, The Mill brought Martin De Thurah's vision of a motorcyclist, a comet and an empty house party to beautiful but ominous life.

"Our 3D team generated various random particle streams for the comet and collaborated with Martin to position rocks in the frozen moments" says Mill 2D lead artist Pete Rypstra. "We then spent time in Flame compositing the elements and subtly bringing in-camera lense flares and artefact elements to each shot. Martin has an incredible eye and I think it really shows in this beautiful and cinematic promo!"




  • Production Company: A+ and Bacon
  • Record Company: Polydor
  • Director: Martin De Thurah
  • Producer: Dom Thomas, Morgan Clement for A+ and Mette Jermin for Bacon
  • Director of Photography: Martijn Van Broekhuizen
  • PM:Ditte Odgaard
    Art Director: Marta Johansen


  • Editor: Mikkel Nielsen

Post-Production / VFX

  • Post-Production / VFX Company: The Mill
  • Executive Producer: Cat Scott, Jon Chads
  • VFX Producer: Luis Martin
  • 2D Lead Artists: Pete Rypstra
  • 2D Artists: Nils Kloth (AFX), Martin Karlsson (Nuke), Dank Pearce (Nuke), Lewis Wright (Nuke)
  • 3D Artists: Elizabeth Mitchell, Hugo Jackson, Adam Droy, Ryan Smith, Peter Agg, Ian Baxter
  • Matte Painting: Can Y Sanalan
  • Concept Artist: Alex Caldow
    Colourist: Aubrey Woodiwiss
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