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The Mystical Journey of Jimmy Page's '59 Telecaster

Smith & Foulkes

Nexus Studios

When legendary guitarist Jimmy Page met the Fender Telecaster, rock history was made. As part of Led Zeppelin’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Smith & Foulkes created animated short ‘The Mystical Journey of Jimmy Page’s ‘59 Telecaster’. Taking viewers on a psychedelic tour through a pivotal time in music, the film is shaped around Jimmy’s own words on his relationship with the iconic guitar. Immersing themselves in the heady days of the late 60’s, Smith & Foulkes creatively expanded around Jimmy’s narrative to focus on what happened when these two creative energies collided. The Mystical Journey of Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster was awarded a prestigious Annie Award in 2020.

BAFTA winning and Academy award nominated directors Smith & Foulkes have established a reputation as one of animation’s top directing teams. Moving seamlessly between the worlds of commercial and independent filmmaking, their multidisciplinary craftsmanship has earned them some of the most coveted accolades in film. Most recently, they created ‘The Mystical Journey of Jimmy Page's '59 Telecaster’ supported by Fender, which won an Annie and in 2019 they were awarded a prestigious BAFTA for ‘The Fearless are Here', a bold and exhilarating animated film which heralded the arrival of the 2018 BBC Winter Olympics coverage. Other awards include several Cannes Gold Lions, two D&AD Black Pencils, a couple of Grandys at the ANDYS, several British Arrows Golds and a whole host of others. The iconic Honda ‘Grrr’ was the most awarded commercial in the world from 1999-2008 and was AdWeek’s Ad of the Decade.