New York-based audio house SuperExploder‘s sound designer/mixer Jody Nazzaro recently teamed up with VH1‘s creative department to visualize the birth of heavy metal music in the animated short Fingers Bloody Fingers. Nazzaro crafted the sound design and mix for VH1 Classic’s interview with Black Sabbath‘s Tony Iommi, which was illustrated by Paul Blow and animated by Kee Koo.
In the short, Iommi’s description of losing his fingers to a devastating machinery accident and his subsequent dedication to continue to play the guitar is brought to life in comic-style animations. The graphic animations employ a simple color scheme infused with red to envision how Iommi’s unique sound ignited the heavy metal genre as we know it today.
“The VH1 creative team is very happy with the collaborative spirit that SuperExploder brought to the table for The Complete History of Heavy Metal Vol. 1 Fingers Bloody Fingers,” said Jim Fitzgerald, VH1 VP/brand creative. “It really adds a new dimension to the narrative by bringing character, mood and tone and a touch of humor to the animation through expert sound design.”
Nazzaro’s previous work for SuperExploder includes sound design for brands such as BMW, Comedy Central, Foot Locker, Pepsi and ESPN.