Eprom - Drone Warfare
The world of Drone Warfare is a near-future vision of technology out of control, and a speculation on the perils of acceleration. Extrapolated from the science fiction approach envisioned by Oska for the cover of Eprom's "Drone Warfare EP", the video features a central obelisk figure that recurs as a visual motif through numerous environments, reflecting the recurring melodic line of the track as it grows in size and intensity.
Written, directed and animated by Alexander Dennis
Additional concept art by Oska
Music & sound design by Eprom
Over a year in production, the Drone Warfare music video has been a true labor of love. Initiated at a very limited scope, the project rapidly expanded as the fictional world in which it took place grew in my mind. I worked on it for over a year in my spare time, piece by piece, as I completed musical projects and other graphics work. Through the production process I have taught myself Cinema 4D, Octane Render, and Substance Designer, while learning new skills in Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects. The journey of realizing a vision for the video from concept to final product has been frustrating at times, but always rewarding.
Using the wealth of publicly available tutorials and other resources, I taught myself how to model using Cinema 4D. Beginning with simple objects like parking cones and concrete barriers, I progressed to more complex models like helmets and a rigged robotic arm.
The culmination of the project led to me designing a full character, who I named the ascetic. His role is as a leader of artificial beings. He helms an organization tasked with protecting artificial humans from biological humans who would seek to cause them harm.
During production, I developed numerous 2D assets including a custom typeface, lots of graffiti, textures, signage, and several logos, which you see in various parts of the video. I wanted each scene to have a distinct look but to be tied together by repeated elements, and 2D graphics helped achieve some of that unity.