Collision Films

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Collision Films was an independent British animation studio founded by Chris Hopewell and Ben Foley in Bristol, UK in 2002. Hopewell and Foley met whilst working at another Bristol-based studio, bolexbrothers in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Collision Films specialised in music videos and explored various mixed media techniques from stop motion and pixilation to live action and computer animation.

In March 2003 Hopewell and Foley created their first video, Radiohead’s “There There” from the album “Hail To The Thief” using stop-motion techniques.[1] The video gained international attention and was nominated for 4 MTV Music Video Awards and won Hopewell ‘Best Art Direction’ as well as ‘Best Video’ at the 2004 NME Awards.

The Company then went on to produce music videos for the Scissor Sisters, Franz Ferdinand (band), Razorlight, The Zutons, Mylo, Louis XIV, The Killers (band) and Elbow, amongst others. As the company grew they began to foster emerging talent and took on directors such as Matthew Harris-Freeth.

2012 saw the release of 'A Fantastic Fear of Everything', starring Simon Pegg and co directed by Hopewell and Kula Shaker front man Crispian Mills who had met whilst collaborating on a Kula Shaker music video that Collision had made [2]. Although Collision are credited with animation on the film, the company 'Collision Films Ltd' closed in Autumn 2012. Eventually, Hopewell would found Jacknife Prints, a design and screenprint studio, and Foley started BuckLoop studio for feature ads and other projects.

Filmography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

  • A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012) Dir. Crispian Mills & Chris Hopewell

Music videos[edit]

  • Spinnerette — "Baptized by Fire" (2009)
  • Graham Coxon — "In the Morning" (2009)
  • Graham Coxon — "Dead Bees" (2009)
  • McFly - "Do Ya" (2008)
  • McFly — "Lies" (2008)
  • The Offspring — "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" (2008)
  • Young Knives — "Turn Tail" (2008)
  • Soulsavers - "Revival" (2007)
  • Cherry Ghost — "People Help the People" (2007)
  • The Bees — "Who Cares What the Question Is?" (2007)
  • The Pipettes - "Pull Shapes" (2006)
  • The Knife — "Marble House" (2006)
  • Goldfrapp — "Fly Me Away" (2006)
  • Franz Ferdinand — "Eleanor Put Your Boots On" (2006)
  • Young Knives — "Weekends and Bleak Days (Hot Summer)" (2006)
  • Young Knives — "She's Attracted To" (2006)
  • People in Planes - "Talking Heads" (2005)
  • Young Knives — "The Decision" (2005)
  • Persephone's Bees — "Nice Day" (2005)
  • Editors — "Blood" (2005)
  • The Killers — "Smile Like You Mean It" (2005)
  • Louis XIV — "Finding Out True Love Is Blind" (2005)
  • McQueen — "Running Out of Things to Say" (2005)
  • Mylo — "Destroy Rock & Roll" (2005)
  • The Zutons — "Confusion" (2004)
  • Franz Ferdinand — "The Dark of the Matinée" (2004)
  • Razorlight — "Vice" (2004)
  • Blonde Redhead — "Equus" (2004)
  • Scissor Sisters — "Comfortably Numb" (2004)
  • Radiohead — "There There" (2003)

References[edit]

  1. https://books.google.com/books?id=3sFR6DgAmeAC&pg=PA4&dq="Collision+Films"&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwju073JosDaAhVMX60KHWzIDhQQ6AEIQTAE#v=onepage&q="Collision%20Films"&f=false
  2. Ludemann, Ralf (July 27, 2011). "Simon Pegg Signs on for 'A Fantastic Fear of Everything'". The Hollywood Reporter.

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