Off the spectacular Danger Mouse-Daniele Luppi album Rome, one of our favorite underplayed tracks of 2011, "Two Against One" -- sung by Jack White -- now has an animation to go with it. NPR premiered the "equally dark and tortured" music video Saturday, with a promise from director Chris Milk of a future feature-length film based on Rome:
"Myself, Brian (aka Danger Mouse), and the producers Anthony Bregman (Eternal Sunshine) and Megan Ellison (True Grit), are currently developing the Rome project into a theatrical feature film. While the video for "Two Against One" is hand-drawn cell animation, the film would be live action. The music video is essentially the fever dream of the antagonist of the story. It's mostly his backstory, his life before the tale we see in the movie. If you have a fast computer with Chrome installed you can also see the interactive lucid dream of the protagonist at www.Ro.me. These pieces are sort of narrative breadcrumbs that lead you to the eventual larger story. More to come soon."
Animator Anthony Francisco Schepperd worked with Milk on "Two Against One," which NPR rightly puts in line with Gerald Scarfe's work for Pink Floyd's "The Wall." Schepperd has a Vimeo page and a Web site. Check out the video for "Two Against One," featuring vocals by Jack White, below.
CORRECTION: This article previously used NPR's spelling of the "Two Against One" animator's name, Anthony Francis Sheppard. It's been changed to reflect the spelling on his Web site, Anthony Francisco Schepperd.