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    Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:55:15

    Watch Savages' "Marshal Dear" Short Film - It was inspired by "Slaughterhouse Five"

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    At the end of Savages' Mercury Award-nominated debut album Silence Yourself, widely regarded as one of the most vital debuts in recent years, comes an unexpected turn. On album closer, "Marshal Dear," the band's thrilling, taut sonic framework gives way to a softer, more elegiac sound. "Marshal Dear" is now accompanied by a film, created by Gergley Wootsch and Savages' guitarist Gemma Thompson. Like the song, it's an unexpected visual turn: an ambitious animation that moves away from previous videos, which were defined mainly by striking live performance footage.

    The animation was inspired by a scene in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, a novel about a disillusioned American soldier recounting his experiences of the Second World War and his adventures in time travel. Gemma Thompson, Savages' guitarist, scripted a rough version of the storyboard based upon one scene in particular with the intent on finding a young animator who had worked on animating by hand. After two months of watching portfolio reels, she eventually found the work of Gergely Wootsch, a London animation director just graduated from the RCA.

    Some background: The scene from the novel occurs whilst main protagonist Billy believes he has become "unstuck in time." He turns on the TV and focuses on a scene in a movie about bombers in the Second World War. The aircraft take-off backwards from an airfield, flying backwards over cities in flame. The exploded bombs and shrapnel begin to piece themselves together and rise back into the bellies of the aircraft and the bullets are sucked out of the bodies of the fallen men. The bombs are eventually brought back to the factory in which they were constructed, dismantled and the elements placed back into the earth.

    With all of that in mind, watch the short film below.

    What did you think?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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