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Visual effects for one of Jake Bugg’s music videos.

Scott Green - 14th September 2016 - 0 comments


We helped a music video production company in London come up with some styles of psychedelic drug visual effects.


A popular music video production company in London had a really tight deadline (a day in fact) to come up with some mind-bending music video drug effects for Jake Bugg’s ‘Bitter Salt’ music video.

They asked us, along with one or two other music video effects specialists to develop some trippy effects for their footage to show a girl high on drugs and experiencing some psychedelic goings-on as she travels around the city of Tokyo in a cab.


Taking it on the chin, the music video company we worked with didn’t use any of our work in the Jake Bugg ‘Bitter Salt’ music video, but we thought we’d share it here on our blog anyway. Because we know that someone out there someehere will enjoy seeing our psychedelic visual effects work.


Here’s a timeline of what the effects of taking a psychedelic drug might look like.

Usually the first effects of the drug are perceivable after ten or twenty minutes. Funny or strange things may pop into your mind. One may feel very relaxed or like jumping all over the place. Next you may feel like you were blasting off, up towards the stars, rising high.

If you get any physical symptoms, this is when they will hit. You can avoid or at least reduce nausea by not eating very much before the trip and not moving around too much during this phase. Throwing up is uncommon but not entirely unheard of; having a barf bag around, especially on the first few trips, is a good idea. If you find that your body really doesn’t like the drug, a motion sickness pill (Dramamine and similar anti-histamines) beforehand may help. But don’t worry about it too much, even if you feel queasy the nausea will end quite quickly.

One will begin entering the realms of the experience; often the first real signs are simple hallucinations with the eyes closed or in darkness, little colored pixels floating around etc. If one is going to go to the toilet, it should be done now.

IN FLIGHT [T+90min]
By now the more powerful effects are starting to set in. The body will feel heavy and drowsy.

PEAK [T+180min]
The peak of the experience.

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