Flight Brigade music video by Simon Roberts
follows an animated train journey

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Dezeen Music Project: a father takes an epic train ride to reach his daughter in this stop-motion music video by animator Simon Roberts for emerging UK band Flight Brigade.

Flight Brigade Sirens animated music Video by Simon Roberts

Simon Robert's animation loosely follows the lyrics of Flight Brigade's track Sirens.

"I really just wanted to enhance the story in the song," Roberts told Dezeen. "I wanted it to feel epic and I wanted to create drama that struck the right balance between being subtle and dramatic."

Flight Brigade Sirens animated music Video by Simon Roberts

The father walks through a wintery landscape before boarding a steam train in the hopes of reaching his far-away daughter, after learning she is in distress.



His train travels along a seemingly endless railway line through a snowy landscape of bare trees, with the passing of days and nights marked as the light changes. The railway track rises and tangles to form a mountain that the train rattles through on its journey.

Flight Brigade Sirens animated music Video by Simon Roberts

Along with the father and daughter mentioned in the song, Roberts introduces another character into his graphics.

"In my mind he takes the place of the audience who sees the situation, but unlike the audience he can also communicate with the characters and help move the narrative forward," said Roberts.

Flight Brigade Sirens animated music Video by Simon Roberts

Roberts, who graduated from London's Royal College of Art in 2012, filmed all of the sequences using a camera, only adding effects such as snow and air particles on the computer.

Flight Brigade Sirens animated music Video by Simon Roberts

Working on two different-sized tables, he shot many of the sections separately using a green screen and combined them digitally.

"Shooting the elements separately was great because it allowed me to have a lot of flexibility to control the final shots and make them more interesting," said Roberts.

Flight Brigade Sirens animated music Video by Simon Roberts

Matchsticks and cut-up lolly sticks were used to make the models, while plasticine formed the floor and old socks were shaped into the puppets. "I think the cost of all the materials you see onscreen is about £70," Roberts said.

Flight Brigade Sirens animated music Video by Simon Roberts
Making of Simon Roberts' Sirens animated music Video for Flight Brigade

The collaboration with Flight Brigade came about through a friendship with two of the band members. The group was initially looking for a Manga artist to create the graphics to accompany the track, but they asked Roberts to come up with the visuals after seeing his tests.

Flight Brigade Sirens animated music Video by Simon Roberts
Making of Simon Roberts' Sirens animated music Video for Flight Brigade

"Generally I think we were all just keen to get lost in making something cool, and I was able to do loads of research and development that I can take forward into future projects," he explained.

"I spent more time on the project than I should have but it was definitely worth it."

Flight Brigade Sirens animated music Video by Simon Roberts
Making of Simon Roberts' Sirens animated music Video for Flight Brigade

Sirens was released with a track called Smoke & Wine as a double A-side single earlier this week.