It’s always an honour to have artists reach out from overseas and propose a collaboration. Illenium contacted me asking if I’d like to create some visuals for his upcoming Awake tour. Naturally I accepted. Illenium had a strong sense of the visual style he wanted and sent through some references from Beeple and concept art by Stuz0r. It was a great opportunity to push the limits of Octane and GPU rendering. I was tasked with creating three custom synced music tracks totalling over 15,000 frames. That’s a lot of rendering!
For this track, we really wanted to explore the notion of leaving, being trapped by the pain of love and ultimately being set free. Using a neglected statue as a motif throughout the film, this statue energises during the chorus’ eventually breaking free from her shackles and finally being reunited with her lover at the end of the track.
Music - Illenium - Leaving
Directed by - Nik Hill
Character animation - Matteo Sanna
Production company - Twenty Third C