Rob Ulitski - 15th Sept 2021

Gustaf Holtenäs directs a mesmerizing and bizarre epic for rock legends Iron Maiden for Stratego, from their acclaimed new album. 

The film takes place in a Japanese-inspired landscape, with two rival armies heading to battle in an action-filled match of the ancient Japanese strategy game Shiogi. As with his recent video for Black Midi, Holtenäs combines 2D and 3D elements to create a mind-boggling visual to match the monumental tone of the song.

This is the second collaboration between Blinkink and Iron Maiden, following The Writing on the Wall, directed by Nicos Livesey, released last month.

Stunningly executed, the rich textures, vibrant colours and seamless animation form a dreamy, transcendent aesthetic, contrasted by the riotous, high energy pacing and bloody narrative. Truly epic in scale and well worth a watch.

PRO Credits


DirectorGustaf Holtenäs
Production CompanyBlinkink
Head of Music VideoJosef Byrne
ProducerSami Goddard
2D AnimatorMinna Floss
EditorWill Barnett
ColouristCaroline Morin
Grading companyWash
CommissionerSam Seager
CommissionerDanielle Barnes
Other credits2D Animator: Gustaf Holtenäs 2D Animator: Nikunj Patel 2D Animator: Gaurav Wakankar 2D Clean Up and Colour: Joel Arizona Widerberg Environment and Character Design: Gustaf Holtenäs 3D Rigger and Animator: Gabriel Gabriel Garble Modeller, Texture and Lighting: Lukas Schmeck CG FX: Martin Olsson Lead Compositor: Gustaf Holtenäs Compositor: Tom Fisher Compositor: Jesse Richards

Rob Ulitski - 15th Sept 2021

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