Music video Backline by 3D artist Angelina Torros for a bass music artist fnkshn (Aleksei Surkov) explores the idea of metaphorical breakdown and transformation.
The video was born out of the aesthetic derived from anime, racing photography and games of the late 1990s – early 2000s like Wipeout and Extreme G-2. The collaboration was then born from Aleksei's love for this culture and aesthetic, and Angelina's appreciation for his deconstructivist approach to music which became a perfect match.
The video starts with a crash, a literal point of breakdown. The driver dies, but with the help of mysterious watchers is resurrected in a parallel world -- a very distorted reality in which there are no laws of physics or any other familiar principles except for the racing. The mysterious creatures (inspired by the cover artwork by Fedor Pereverzev) are guiding the driver through the transformation, as if they're telling our character – ‘you are a racing driver and in here there is nothing else to do, we know you do it well, so enjoy yourself’.
Torros said: 'To me the video is about searching for where you belong and personal transformation. The death of the driver is metaphorical, more like a critical point that pushes you to ‘reassemble’ yourself in a new reality. This is something that both me and Aleksei had to go through each in our own way so this work is a reflection on that.'
Concept – Aleksei Surkov @funkshnmusic and Angelina Toros @fun.notenough
3d design & edit – Angelina Toros @fun.notenough
Mysterious characters 3d design – Fedor Pereverzev @moarock
Car crash simulation – Nikolay Stseshyts @sozorie