Flying High, Longlist - Music Video

Cracker Island ft. Thundercat

Jamie Hewlett, Fx Goby

Nexus Studios

Gorillaz’s iconic and groundbreaking legacy hugely inspired my early animation career. I was thrilled to partner with them to create this blend of live action and animation. I couldn’t be happier with the sculpture and textures - both faithful to the design and very much their own version.

Jamie Hewlett: Created by musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz is singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, drummer Russel Hobbs and Japanese guitar prodigy Noodle. The BRIT and Grammy-winning virtual band formed following a collision of mishaps, meetings and pure luck to blow up a pre-digital world with their colourful backstory and ground-breaking virtual ways. Based at Kong Studios in West London, Gorillaz settled into a life of musical innovation with an eye-wateringly exciting roster of collaborators, a list that includes musical legends, geniuses and future stars from Elton John to Little Simz, MF Doom to Jean-Michel Jarre, Grace Jones to slowthai, Kali Uchis to Sidiki Diabaté, plus so many more. With seven albums to their name, Gorillaz (2001), Demon Days (2005), Plastic Beach (2010), The Fall (2011), Humanz (2017), The Now Now (2018) and Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez (2020), Gorillaz is a truly global phenomenon, achieving success in entirely new and unique ways, touring the world from San Diego to Syria, Montevideo to Manchester and winning numerous awards including the coveted Jim Henson Creativity honour. Fx Goby: Emmy-nominated director Fx Goby’s multidisciplinary expertise is unparalleled with extensive experience in 2D and 3D animation, live action, and everything in between. His ongoing collaboration with dancer and fashion designer Saul Nash has featured in Vogue, Hypebeast and Nowness, while his series with the Scottish Ballet championed inclusivity and diversity on and off screen. Fx helped Volkswagen bid farewell to arguably one of the most loved cars in history, through an emotionally charged rotoscope short. He also co-created Google’s multi award-winning Back to the Moon in celebration of Georges Méliès, which became the only ever cross-platform Google Doodle made in 2D, 360, AR and VR.