Case Study

Robert Plant's sound made for screen

When asked by Electric Light Studios to collaborate on their Carry Fire TV Advert, we asked ourselves: how do you visualise Robert Plant?

With a career that defines longevity, Plant’s signature sound is complemented by a telling visual identity. We were therefore excited to explore these traits and cut a video equivalent in post-production.

Once we started the editing process, further depth was created by compositing layers to the captured footage, to give it a much richer complexion.

Although we wanted to push boundaries it was important that we kept Plant’s innate style — one which has shaped an illustrious career. And it was a deft process combining the two.

The wispy psychedelia and the ethereal tones needed to remain. In fact, they acted as a perfect tool for shot transition while the natural bright colours of the artwork supported further correlation and mood of the piece.

We then gave the on-screen text feather-like edging to increase the pensive state of both the music and artist. This technique simply placed the viewer behind a distorted lens to enhance that celestial feel.

The resulting piece with its warm colour gradient and smokey transparency offers a rich piece of video.

Post Production

Multiple layers of animated effects were needed to mimic the still designs

Loftworks are great. Exceptionally talented & experienced motion designers that get the brief every time and always deliver. If it was legal we'd keep them in the cupboard.

Mike Downs, Co-Founder at Electric Light Studios

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1.

With the supplied album artwork we had a vivid base of colour, texture and distortion, which all combined to dictate a particular mood. From this we created animated elements to reflect that style, to be layered over the supplied video.

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2.

To enable us to distort the image, while on-set we captured some of the effects through glass, and we then mimicked these to manipulate further by adding computer generated distortion. The use of a smoke machine not only added a majestic quality, but it also proved a subtle and natural tool for transitioning between shots.

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3.

The draw of colour grading. 

Only a side-by side comparison can illustrate the depth and warmth (on this occasion) that colour grading offers. This clip shows raw video files shot in a flat logarithmic (LOG) colour profile against the final graded layered composition.

Carry Fire advert

Enjoy Robert Plant in all of his iconic splendour

Loftworks are great. Exceptionally talented & experienced motion designers that get the brief every time and always deliver. If it was legal we'd keep them in the cupboard.

Mike Downs, Co-Founder at Electric Light Studios

With the edit­ing, colour grad­ing and ani­mat­ed titles as the found­ing blocks, and with music and voice-over giv­ing it added sheen, the final advert effort­less­ly reflects all the hall­marks of Robert Plant.

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