''I always had the line ‘two-stepping with the woman I love’ because I can’t dance. And my wife isn’t an incredible dancer either. But the two-step is what we can do.” - Ed Sheeran
MNM has partnered up director Henry Scholifed to create a music video that bends reality, taking the audience through a kaleidoscope lens of a surreal world. We sought to break boundaries while incorporating our capabilities in the works, finding the balance between work and wonder. Given that it's Ed Sheeran, we aimed for a video that is on par with his status, epic and prestigious. The music video quickly turns into a bizarre rabbit hole of madness, while Ed and company dance while the world around them morphs.
Filmed in Ukraine by Radioaktive and assembled here by MNM in Singapore, we painted a picture and plunged the viewers into it with the manipulation of characters, vehicles, and buildings. Using the footage given by No.8, our team was hard at work toward the magic. With our roto team paired with CG production crew, we spearheaded through Camera tracking of scenes, rotoscoping of characters and a final clean up to provide a kaleidoscopic world.
WE'LL GO ALL NIGHT
Our lead CG Artist, Alex Scollay, has created an intricate and entrancing world that resembles something out of a Doctor Strange movie. Structures intertwine within one another all made from the building complexes creating a beautiful display of visuals.
ALL WE NEED IS US
Lil Baby’s feature had him performing through the compound. Due to scheduling conflicts Lil Baby was digitally incorporated by Rotoscoping, tracking his movements, clean up and color grading to have him seamlessly alongside Ed.
Gathering over 41 million views within 5 months, Ed Sheeran's 2 Step is hitting audiences across the globe. Moreover, the video served as a fundraiser for Ukraine's Humanitarian Funds. All proceeds to the video went into helping the people in Ukraine.
BEHIND THE SCENE
Take a look at the steps we took for Ed Sheeran's 2 Steps
Thank you, to all whom we've crossed paths with on this magnificient work.
CG Production → Method N Madness
Executive Producer → Tan Wen Hao
CG Director → Alex Scollay
CG Artist → Pinoy Reyes, Teo Hong, Huzaifi Razali
Previs Artist → KC,, Jacques Deschambeault
Title Design → Amirul Afifi
Rendering → Fox Renderfarm
VFX Production → No.8 London
Executive Producer → Barny Wright
VFX Lead → Jim Allen
VFX Shoot Supervisor → Jim Radford
Colourist → Alex Gregory