Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ernie Cline's sci-fi novel, Ready Player One, will hit theaters on March 29, but the synthwave band GUNSHIP hit him with the video of his latest single, "Art3mis & Parzival ".
Opening with a brief explanation for the world, the song deals with the relationship between the two characters in the book, Wade Watts (Parzival) and Samantha Cook (Art3mis), and their lives in the OASIS. The band released a video for the song, which turned out to be a very close adaptation of the book, following the couple as they play in the virtual world, looking for clues in a massive hunt for Easter eggs and chasing away the subjects of a determined evil corporation. to control the virtual world.
Like the novel, the animated music video is peppered with references to a wide range of pop culture adornments. There are clear references in the background, such as the president [Wil] Wheaton, posters for several films from the 1980s, such as Akira and Jaws, and toy figures from He-Man and Transformers. But the video also changes in style as it progresses, going through the simple graphics of the first video game consoles, the 16-bit animation, the side scrolling and the arcade fighting styles. The 80's synthesizer sound of the song complements the story and animation styles very well. Even Cline was impressed.
I've read Ready Player One a couple of times, but it's a book that really has not gone well: the Art3mis description made by Cline always felt more like a prize for Parzival to win, than as an incarnated character who stood up your account. This song and video feel as if they put aside that aspect of the book, placing the characters on an equal footing. It is a small adaptation.
GUNSHIP is the perfect band to put together this type of song and video. The band released their first self-titled album in 2015, along with a video for their first single, "Tech Noir." Like "Art3mis & Parzival", the claymation video is a nostalgic mix of 80s action and culture films.
The band went a bit beyond the video when it came to geek references: they organized an online contest to win an arcade cabinet, which asked about some of the references in the video and Monty Python. The band also indicates that they have a second album on the way.