You have, more thank likely, seen a music video by Shynola. They’ve made some of the best of the last ten years or so. I particularly like the somewhat anarchic promos for Blur’s Good Song, Beck’s E-Pro and Junior Senior’s Move Your Feet but they’ve done a lot of “serious” clips too.
And they were also responsible for the opening titles of The IT Crowd and the pitch-perfect guide animations in Garth Jenning’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Everything they do is technically superb and ambitious.
So I’ve been waiting a long time for their move into feature films. For several years now they’ve been working on an adaptation of Matthew de Abaitua‘s sci-fi novel The Red Men. Slowly. Painstakingly, I believe.
And today, we get to step into that world for the first time.
Film 4 have released the short film Dr. Easy. You might wish to take it as a proof of concept for a Red Men feature, or appreciate it as a standalone piece. Officially, though, it’s being called a “prologue.”
Whatever it is, Dr. Easy certainly confirms that Shynola can bring their command of tone and atmosphere to a “straight” narrative. There’s not much of their lighter, funnier side at work here, though.
Well… they can’t just leave it hanging like that, can they? Hopefully we’ll hear word of the full Red Men feature heading into production soon.
In the meantime, there’s an “in world” website to explore at Monad Lifesciences for just a few more clues of what they’re planning.