Update 2 – Press release: The video is directed by Warren Fu, who started his career as a concept designer for Lucas Films and created characters for the 2nd Star Wars Trilogy, including most notably General Grievous. Since then he’s directed music video for The Strokes, The Killers, Mark Ronson, Depeche Mode and the video for ‘Derezzed’ from Daft Punk’s Tron soundtrack. Warren also album artwork and illustrations for Daft Punk’s R.A.M. For the Instant Crush video, Warren took inspiration from Hans Christian Anderson’s story “The Steadfast Soldier” as well as the 1960’s TV series the Twilight Zone.
Julian Casablancas’ face was sculpted by hand both in fiberglass and wax for the video by Alterian, led by Tony Gardner. Tony started working for the legendary creature effects designers Rick Baker and Stan Winston and was the lead make-up artist on Michael Jackson’s Thriller video when he was only 17 years old. Since then Tony has done effects for countless films including Darkman, Seed Chuckie, 28 Days, Three Kings, Human Nature, Adaptation & Hairspray. Tony created the Daft Punk robots helmets and has collaborate with the band and Daft Arts on many projects including Daft Punk’s Electroma and the Alive 2007 Tour. Alterian also designed the melting sequence of the wax figures in the video for Instant Crush.
Update: After yesterday’s preview, Daft Punk have unveiled the full video for ‘Instant Crush’ this morning. We still have no idea what’s going on. But what we do know is the Robots don’t make an appearance in the video.
Daft Punk teased a new video for their next single ‘Instant Crush‘ on French TV last night, and the Robots also uploaded a still from the video to their Facebook Page seemingly confirming the new video’s validity.
We’re not entirely sure what’s going on but it does feature Julian Casablancas prancing around, and then there are people who turn into a dolls – we have no idea, either.
There’s no sign of the Robots in this particular preview, but were hoping they’ll be in the full version in some form, maybe even as dolls – who knows.
Don’t forget you can still pre-order the ‘Random Access Memories‘ box set which comes with a myriad of amazing extras. And just maybe you’ll see the robots hit the road and finally do a new tour soon – we can only dream.