We're not quite into the full-on Christmas season yet, but Trunk Animation’s director Layla Atkinson aims to get you in a festive mood with this lyric video for Kylie Minogue’s new cover of Yazoo’s Only You.
The brief asked for a simple and elegant video to mirror Kylie’s new arrangement, which features a duet with James Corden.
Trunk said Atkinson poured through a mountain of source material before coming across a single image that for her captured the spirit of the song.
Using After Effects Atkinson concentrated on animating two simple star elements that represented Kylie and Corden.
Trunk said their journey and pace perfectly conveys the relationship of the two performers captured in the duet. A simple typeface keeps the focus of the video on the interaction of the elements with the text, rather than solely on the text.
The festive message was captured using a traditional Christmas palette with simple snowflake and star elements.
As well as Atkinson, Alasdair Brotherston and Leslie Dart were animators for the promo project, which was produced by Daniel Negret.
“ I was thrilled to get the chance to work with Kylie," said Atkinson. "Once I had decided on the look and feel of the video I thought it would be a simple and straightforward process. However, we spent a long time trying to find a way to smoothly animate the star, its trail and the gap between them."
"After a morning of tests we found that using a concoction of particle emitters, masks and splines achieved the perfect look, and then it was just down to getting the timing right. I have to say that while it can be frustrating, the sense of achievement when you find a way to make something work rather than abandon the effect you want is wonderful."