Behind-the-scenes of “Bad Travelling”

Love Death & Robots’ “Bad Travelling” gave Blur Studio a chance to work alongside legendary director David Fincher. Find out what they learned in the process.

Henry Winchester
August 2, 2022
chaos

Cinema is often referred to as painting with light — but it could be said that David Fincher’s movies paint with darkness. Beginning with Alien 3, and moving on through Se7enFight ClubZodiacMank, and the TV series Mindhunter, the acclaimed director has made use of low-key lighting and anemic palettes to explore the darker recesses of the human mind.

Now, Fincher has taken his characteristic chiaroscuro to “Bad Travelling,” a grisly maritime adventure involving a dishonest, paranoid crew — and a giant crustacean lurking below decks. The Love, Death & Robots episode marks Fincher’s first completely computer-animated short film, as well as his first directorial contribution to the Netflix anthology series he executive produces alongside fellow director Tim Miller.

To create the nautical world of “Bad Travelling,” Fincher teamed up with Blur Studio, the animation and VFX production company founded by Miller. We spoke to Compositing Supervisor Nitant Ashok Karnik and Co-CG Supervisor Jean Baptiste Cambier about working with a living legend of modern cinema, and how V-Ray’s lighting tools helped Fincher embrace the darkness.

Read the full interview in two parts:

Behind-the-scenes of “Bad Travelling,” part 1: Collaborating with David Fincher

Behind-the-scenes of “Bad Travelling,” part 2: How to light like David Fincher

Tim Miller at San Diego Comic-Con

Jim Viscardi
July 29, 2022
comicbook

Sitting down with ComicBook‘s Jim Viscardi at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 Deadpool Director Tim Miller discusses comic books, video games, The Goon, his abandoned Lone Wolf and Cub classic manga adaptation with David Fincher and screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker, another abandoned X-Men comic adaptation project, Deadpool, Love, Death & Robots and its “The Art of” book.

Love, Death + Robots

Volume 3 directors break the rules with David Fincher, Tim Miller, and Jennifer Yuh Nelson at the helm.

Moderated by Laura Prudom
July 20, 2022
Netflix Queue

David Fincher had produced two volumes of his Emmy Award-winning anthology series Love, Death + Robots before he decided to make his animated directing debut in the third volume. His episode, “Bad Travelling,” tells the story of a sailing vessel attacked by a giant, bloodthirsty crustacean. “My take on it skewed more towards [the reality TV series about crab fishermen] Deadliest Catch meets Alien, with a touch of motorcycle touring gear thrown in for good measure. It’s not swashbuckling at all. You get this idea that this is a rough job — it’s not something you aspire to.”

Love, Death + Robots, was a project that Academy Award-nominated Fincher (MankMindhunter) and fellow executive producer Tim Miller (Deadpool) had longed to make for years. Inspired by the boundary-pushing comic magazine Heavy Metal (co-founded by acclaimed comic artist Moebius in the 70s) and motivated by a keen desire to move the needle on animated storytelling, they worked to craft a platform that could house a range of creators and styles under the same roof.

Since its 2019 debut, Love, Death + Robots has impressed an ever-growing fanbase of critics and audiences with its bold, fearless approach. “It’s not even creative freedom,” describes Oscar-winning Spanish animator Alberto Mielgo, “I would say, almost creative anarchy.” Mielgo, whose first season animated short “The Witness” earned two Emmys, returns in the third season with “Jibaro,” a meticulously crafted 3D animation chronicling a deaf knight’s deadly dance with a golden siren. “Jibaro” is the only original work featured in Volume 3.

The other eight installments are artful adaptations of sci-fi and fantasy short stories, covering a wide range of animation styles and narratives: Emily Dean’s trippy, Moebius-inflected tale of an astronaut in peril, “The Very Pulse of The Machine;” Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s (Kung Fu Panda 2 & 3) testosterone-fueled, robo-bear action movie send-up, “Kill Team Kill;” and Fincher’s “Bad Travelling” among them. Miller’s entry “Swarm” notably brings sci-fi legend Bruce Sterling’s fiction to the screen for the very first time. Patrick Osborne’s 3D-animated short “Three Robots: Exit Strategies,” meanwhile, is the series’ first sequel, rejoining Volume 1’s “Three Robots” protagonists K-VRC, XBOT 4000, and 11-45-G as they piece together humanity’s final days on Earth.

Queue brought together creators Fincher, Miller, and Nelson (who serves as the anthology’s supervising director) with contributing directors Mielgo, Dean, and Osborne to discuss the anything-goes approach to the series and their wide-ranging inspirations.

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Tim Miller Announces New Movie ‘The Goon’ is Headed to Netflix

The film has been in limbo for years.

Maggie Boccella
July 23, 2022
Collider

San Diego Comic Con is a hell of a time for the entertainment industry, not least of which includes directors, whose involvement in projects is often announced or teased or otherwise revealed. It’s the biggest time of the year for film and television announcements, and Collider was excited to get in on the fun at our “Directors on Directors” panel, hosted in Hall H and featuring some of film’s — and particularly action and sci-fi’s — most iconic directors. Present at the panel were Chad Stahelski, director of all four John Wick films; Andrew Stanton, director of John Carter, as well as animated classics like Finding Nemo and WALL-E; and Tim Miller, director of Deadpool, as well as Terminator: Dark Fate.

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‘The Goon’ Adaptation Set at Netflix With Patrick Osborne Directing

Adam Chitwood
July 23, 2022
The Wrap

Watch “The Goon. Development Hell”

Love, Death + Robots. Inside the Animation: Bad Travelling

June 15, 2022
Netflix (YouTube)

David Fincher, director of Bad Travelling featured in Love, Death + Robots Vol. 3 discusses how he approached directing his first animated short.

Read the LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS. Volume 3 guide

Watch LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS on Netflix

Siren vs. Soldier

Emmy and Oscar award-winner Alberto Mielgo’s animated short “Jibaro” thrills in Season 3 of Tim Miller and David Fincher’s groundbreaking anthology series Love, Death + Robots.

Ryan G. Smith
June 1, 2022
Netflix Queue

When Oscar and Emmy winner Alberto Mielgo was invited to pitch a story for the latest volume of the 11-time Emmy-winning series Love, Death + Robots, the Spanish director, artist, and animator decided to use a folkloric lens to examine the lengths to which some people will go to obtain what they cannot have. The resulting short, “Jibaro,” centers the battle of a deaf knight desperate to slay a golden siren and claim her as a trophy. The mythic creature grows increasingly frustrated, failing to understand why her opponent is immune to the powers of her song.

“It was inspired by those videos on National Geographic where there is an alligator fighting a jaguar for food,” Mielgo says. “It’s a crazy, toxic relationship between two characters, two predators, who both want and need each other.”

The unconventional and breathtaking episode is among nine new shorts included in the third volume of Love, Death + Robots. When executive producers Tim Miller and David Fincher first dreamed up the concept for Love, Death + Robots, they had a clear creative objective: “Let’s make a sandbox where anything’s possible,” explains Fincher, the Oscar-nominated director best known for live-action films like Mank, as well as the TV series MINDHUNTER. Fincher makes his animated directorial debut with the Volume 3 short “Bad Travelling,” a motion-capture masterpiece following a crew of degenerate sailors contending with a giant crustacean who boards their ship with an appetite for destruction. “We’re just telling stories. I think that the best of it works on a childlike level — and a naughty teenager level. As an adult looking at it, I appreciate that.”

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clubhouse: Watch Love, Death & Robots Vol. 3 with directors David Fincher, Tim Miller, and Alberto Mielgo

Moderated by Mohit Arora
May 24, 2022
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Install the app and listen to:

LOVE DEATH + RO3BOTS Watchalong with Director’s Commentary and Q&A

Bad Travelling, Directed by David Fincher
Swarm, Directed by Tim Miller
Jibaro, Directed by Alberto Mielgo
1 hr 18 min

Watch LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS on Netflix

LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS. Volume 3: Interviews. Tim Miller, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, and Alberto Mielgo

Directors Jerome Chen, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Tim Miller, Executive Producer Jennifer Miller, Alberto Mielgo, and Emily Dean.

The AFA Podcast Interview: Tim Miller, Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alberto Mielgo

AFA: Animation For Adults
June 3, 2022

Executive Producer Tim Miller And Supervising Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson On Netflix LOVE, DEATH + ROBOTS

Paul Salfen
May 17, 2022
AMFM Magazine

Sophisticated Sci-Fi Is Back in ‘Love, Death + Robots’ Vol. 3

Ramin Zahed
May 20, 2022
Animation Magazine

Tim Miller And Jennifer Yuh Nelson Unleash “Love, Death + Robots” Vol. 3

Jackson Murphy
May 20, 2022
Animation Scoop

Alberto Mielgo Tells a Toxic Tale of Sensuality in ‘Love, Death + Robots’ Volume 3

Victoria Davis
May 20, 2022
Animation World Network

Tim Miller and Jennifer Yuh Nelson Talk ‘Love, Death + Robots’ Volume 3

Dan Sarto and Jon Hofferman
May 26, 2022
Animation World Network

Director Emily Dean Talks Animation Style of ‘The Very Pulse Machine’ in Netflix’s ‘Love Death + Robots’

Ben Morris
June 24, 2022
Awards Daily

Alberto Mielgo on His Animated Short “Jibaro” in Netflix’s ‘Love Death + Robots’

Ben Morris
June 26, 2022
Awards Daily

Emmy-Winners Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Tim Miller Share their Passion, Creativity for ‘Love Death + Robots’

Ben Morris
August 19, 2022
Awards Daily

Talking ‘Love, Death & Robots’ with Tim Miller and Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Joey Magidson
August 19, 2022
Awards Radar

So, how exactly does someone pitch an episode of ‘Love, Death + Robots’?

With Vol. 3 now out, creator/EP Tim Miller and supervising director Jennifer Yuh Nelson explain how it works.

Ian Failes

befores & afters

Love, Death + Robots’ Tim Miller Dives Into Animation’s Endless Possibilities

Caitlin Chappell
May 20, 2022
CBR.com

Emily Dean Directs a Love Letter to Moebius in Love, Death + Robots

Caitlin Chappell
May 20, 2022
CBR.com

Love, Death + Robots Director Alberto Mielgo Explains the Name ‘Jibaro’

E.L. Meszaros
May 26, 2022
CBR.com

Love, Death + Robots Volume 3: Tim Miller & Jennifer Yuh Nelson Break Down the Making of the Series

Steve Weintraub
June 4, 2022
Collider

Love, Death + Robots: Alberto Mielgo Talks Returning for Volume 3, New Challenges and More

Nick Valdez
May 22, 2022
comicbook.com

Alberto Mielgo On Creating A “Toxic Relationship” Between Two Predators In “Jibaro”

Ryan Fleming
June 6, 2022
Deadline

Engadget Podcast: A chat with the folks behind Netflix’s Love, Death and Robots

Devindra Hardawar
May 20, 2022
Engadget

Alberto Mielgo Talks About His Love, Death + Robots Volume 3 Episode ‘Jibaro’, Creating Short Episodes, And Production Pushbacks

Raven Brunner
May 21, 2022
GameRant

Alberto Mielgo (‘Love, Death + Robots’) on the toxic relationship at the center of ‘Jibaro’

GoldDerby / Gold Derby
June 18, 2022

Tim Miller and Jennifer Yuh Nelson (‘Love, Death + Robots’) on how hard it is to choose stories

GoldDerby / Gold Derby
August 8, 2022

‘Love, Death + Robots’ Season 3: Getting Animated About the Dark, Medieval Fable ‘Jibaro’

Oscar and Emmy winner Alberto Mielgo tells IndieWire about returning to the anthology with an animated original about a golden siren and an armored knight.

Bill Desowitz
May 23, 2022
IndieWire

Tim Miller and Jennifer Yuh Nelson Exclusive Interview | LOVE, DEATH & ROBOTS Season 3 (2022)

JoBlo Celebrity Interviews
May 20, 2022

Tim Miller & Jennifer Yuh Nelson On Love Death + Robots’ ‘Demented’ Volume 3

Reuben Baron
May 20, 2022
Looper

David Fincher Waited On ‘Love, Death + Robots’ Episode in Case Show ‘Sucked’

Roxy Simons
May 20, 2022
Newsweek

Love, Death & Robots’ team wants more adult American animation — and anime is helping

Petrana Radulovic
May 22, 2022
Polygon

Love, Death + Robots Executive Producers and Director On Photo-Realism And The Show’s Place In Science Fiction

Erik Amaya
May 20, 2022
Rotten Tomatoes

Love, Death and Robots: Entrevista con Tim Miller y Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Ruben Peralta Rigaud
May 22, 2022

Alberto Mielgo habla sobre Love, Death and Robots, episodio ‘Jibaro’

Ruben Peralta Rigaud
May 23, 2022

Tim Miller & Jennifer Yuh Nelson Interview: Love, Death & Robots Vol. 3

Stephen M. Colbert
May 21, 2022
ScreenRant

Alberto Mielgo Interview: Netflix’s Love, Death & Robots Vol. 3

Stephen M. Colbert
May 21, 2022
ScreenRant

Emily Dean Interview: Netflix’s Love Death & Robots Vol. 3

Stephen M. Colbert
May 30, 2022
ScreenRant

Love, Death And Robots Creators Tim Miller And Jennifer Yuh Nelson On Season 3 And The Future Of Animation

Danielle Ryan
May 20, 2022
/Film

Love, Death And Robots Director Alberto Mielgo Talks About His Stunning New Short, Jibaro

Danielle Ryan
May 20, 2022
/Film

Director Emily Dean creates a trippy Moebius tribute for Netflix’s ‘Love, Death + Robots Vol. 3’

Jeff Spry
June 15, 2022
Space.com

Love, Death and Robots’ most beautiful episode was ‘a love letter to Moebius’

Andrew Webster
June 5, 2022
The Verge

The Dazzling Visual Diversity and Artistry of Animated Series Love, Death + Robots Vol. 3

Trevor Hogg
June 21, 2022
VFX Voice Magazine

LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS. Volume 3: Final Trailer

May 19, 2022
Netflix

If you awaken, from this illusion…

Love, Death + Robots Vol 3. EXTREMING TOMORROW. May 20, 2022 ❤️💀🤖

Alan Watts – “Dream
Music: Apache Lord & Master

Emmy-winning animated anthology LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS returns with a third volume executive produced by Tim Miller (Deadpool, Terminator: Dark Fate) and David Fincher (MINDHUNTER, Mank). Terror, imagination and beauty combine in nine new episodes which stretch from uncovering an ancient evil to a comedic apocalypse, telling startling short stories of fantasy, horror and science-fiction with trademark wit and visual invention.

Read the LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS. Volume 3 guide

Watch LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS on Netflix

David Fincher Tries Animation in ‘Love, Death + Robots’

Fincher, left, directed the short under Covid protocols. “I didn’t quite realize how much I communicate through my face,” he said.

Noel Murray
May 19, 2022
The New York Times

The director made his first animated short for the new season of this Netflix anthology. “It was an incredibly freeing, eye-opening, mind-expanding way to interface with a story,” he said.

Before David Fincher became an A-list director and multiple Oscar and Emmy nominee — lauded for of-the-moment films like “Fight Club” and “The Social Network” and the TV series “House of Cards” and “Mindhunter” — he was one of the co-founders of the production company Propaganda Films. Propaganda was known for its visually dazzling TV commercials and music videos, and Fincher honed his craft in dozens of miniature movies made in myriad styles.

Yet until recently, he had never directed animation, even though he loves the medium so much that he signed on a few years ago to be an executive producer of the Netflix anthology animation series “Love, Death + Robots,” which returns for its third season on Friday.

Love, Death + Robots” sprung from the ashes of a project Fincher had been developing with the “Deadpool” director Tim Miller since the late 2000s: a revival of “Heavy Metal,” the animated movie series inspired by the adults-only science-fiction and fantasy comics magazine. The first season of “Love, Death + Robots” debuted in 2019, featuring 18 episodes (ranging in length from 6 to 17 minutes) that adapted short stories by genre favorites like Peter F. Hamilton, John Scalzi and Joe Lansdale. An eight-episode second season followed in 2021.

Despite his involvement, Fincher never made a short of his own until Season 3, when he and the screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker (who wrote Fincher’s crime thriller “Seven”) tackled a tale by the British science-fiction author Neal Asher called “Bad Travelling.” Set on the high seas on a distant planet, the story follows a merchant ship as it is tormented by a giant, intelligent crab that manipulates the crew members and then eliminates them one by one. Fincher described the short as “like a David Lean movie crossed with ‘Ten Little Indians.’”

Read the full interview