Savages - Marshal Dear

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From the Mercury Prize-nominated album "Silence Yourself", available now.

Designed and animated by Gergely Wootsch
Additional animation - Rosanna Wan
Produced by Beakus



Revisiting their 2013 breakthrough record Silence Yourself, UK post-punk outfit Savages have issued a video for album track "Marshal Dear."

Touted as a short film, the clip was created by Gergely Wootsch and Savages guitarist Gemma Thompson. The animated video was inspired by a classic scene from Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, where protagonist Billy believes he's been "unstuck in time."

Thompson explained how the scene inspired her with the following statement:

This scene would replay in my head and I could imagine it as an animation of lines flowing into each other, much like early hand-drawn animation created to accentuate a musical score. I also thought it was beautiful how Billy tries to right the process of destruction and how this echoed the true story of the character in the song Marshal Dear — Field Marshal Rommel's attempted assassination of Hitler to end the Second World War which resulted in him being forced to take his own life to spare those of his family. We worked on bringing the character of the factory worker into the fore so that the animation now focused on the role of the woman working in the factory and the bomb itself as she realizes her hand in the destruction.
-- Exclaim!
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