Blue Spill created several in film sequences for We Are X, which premiered Sundance 2016 and has since screened at various festivals and cinemas worldwide. We also designed the title sequence which won the SXSW Excellence in Title Design Audience Award, more of which you can read about here.

The following sequence, titled Art of Life, was designed during the edit. Director Stephen Kijak approached us for a solution to the sequence, which wasn’t quite meeting the visual extravagance for which X Japan are renowned. We took our inspiration from Marilyn Manson’s interview which precedes the interview, “You exorcise your demons, or you exercise with your demons.” At the point where X Japan launch into their song, we plummet the viewer under the stage, into an underworld. In this space we see X playing on stage amongst their demons, with their bodies stripped of skin, exposing their muscular skeletons. For the sequence we recut the concert footage, graded the images and composited nineteen demons into an array of shots. We then shoot back up to the stage, where we enter the incongruity of X’s world, pain is now pleasure.

The film was edited and posted in LA. Sequence credits were >

Motion Design
Blue Spill

Design Director
Allison Brownmoore

Flame Artist
Anthony Brownmoore

Motion Designers
Joe Nowacki
Sylvain Doussa