When legendary guitarist Jimmy met the Fender Telecaster, rock history was made.
As part of Led Zeppelin’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Smith & Foulkes teamed up with Fender to create animated short ‘The Mystical Journey of Jimmy Page’s ‘59 Telecaster’.
Taking viewers on a psychedelic tour through a pivotal time in music, the film is shaped around Jimmy’s own words on his relationship with the iconic guitar.
Immersing themselves in the heady days of the late 60’s, Smith & Foulkes creatively expanded around Jimmy’s narrative to focus on what happened when these two creative energies collided.
A team of animators at Nexus Studios worked to visually convey the atmosphere and energy of this time and illustrate key moments in the development of Led Zeppelin. The film shows how Jimmy's personalisation of the Telecaster (into the famed Dragon and Mirror versions), takes the band to previously uncharted sonic horizons.
Say Smith and Foulkes:
“It goes without saying that everybody loves a dragon. And we made full use out of that! But it was much trickier to visually illustrate the mirror guitar which was more about the optical sensation of prismatic light patterns. So we hit upon this idea of how images are bent and twisted in a Hall of Mirrors, which seemed to fit the idea of new sounds being distorted as Jimmy experimented with the Telecaster“.
Story and Narration by Jimmy Page
Produced by Nexus Studios
Directed by Smith & Foulkes
Producer Tracey Cooper
Executive Producers Chris O’Reilly & Charlotte Bavasso
Production Manager Rebecca Archer
Previs and Project Supervisor Michal Firkowski
Art Director Melanie Climent
Lead Animator Bishoy Gendi
2D Animators Marlène Beaube, Giacomo Autili, Hozen Britto, Peter Lowey, Arina Shabanova
Lead Compositor Jesse Richards
Compositing Chris Gavin, Victoria Jardine, Dave Hunt
3D Generalist Sébastien De Oliveira Bispo
Editor Dave Slade
Audio Post Production Factory, London.
Sound Design and Mix by Josh Campbell, Anthony Moore
Produced by Lou Allen
Executive Producer Jeremy Taylor
Producers Neil Whitcher, Matt Watts, Keith Legro
Special Thanks Mike Bayer, Evan Jones, Justin Norvell, Michael Thomas, Ashley Stagg, Danielle Koehler, Jill Burgeson, Natalie Wright
Music "DAZED AND CONFUSED"
By Jimmy Page
(Inspired by Jake Holmes)
Performed by The Yardbirds
Taken from the album ‘Yardbirds ‘68’ recorded live New York City
FLAMES OF ALBION MUSIC, INC. (ASCAP)
ALL RIGHTS ADMINISTERED BY WB MUSIC CORP.
LICENSED COURTESY OF JIMMY PAGE
Produced by Nexus Studios
Presented by Fender
© 2019 Fender Musical Instruments Corporation