Bastille releases the evocative animated video for new track “survivin’,” directed by London-based British/Iranian director, Reza Dolatabadi. The collaboration follows the video for their song, “WHAT YOU GONNA DO???,” which marked a seismic visual shift for the band.


The animation for “survivin’” draws on both Reza’s love of American realist artist, Edward Hopper and frontman Dan Smith’s admiration for surrealist film maker Federico Fellini. Dolatabadi’s passion for street photography also provides inspiration, creating an imaginative, atmospheric short that gently brings the falling away sentiment of the song to life.

Working remotely during lockdown alongside a team of animators from all over the world, the ambition for the piece was to create a compelling, cinematic dreamscape worthy of the big screen,
“Overall, I wanted to give the video a grand feel, almost like it belongs on the big screen, and for that we had to build a city in 3D, lock all the camera angles and movements and then animate our characters over the 3D layouts,” Reza explains. “Animation is a teamwork. I have to say I’ve been so lucky to work with an incredible team of artists from all over the world on this project. Without their dedication and attention to details, there was no way I could have finished this ambitious piece.”

The video for “WHAT YOU GONNA DO???” was made in the same period using a similar combination of mixed media, illustration and photography, as well as live action to deliver a piece that’s winningly berserk.

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