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The Making Of Plastic Beach is a behind-the-scenes documentary about the production, recording and development of Gorillaz' third studio album, Plastic Beach. It was shot and directed by Seb Monk and produced by the Zombie Flesh Eaters. It was released in March 3rd 2010 and Feb 16th 2011

Background Information[]

Pre-Filming[]

Before The Making Of Plastic Beach, a documentary directed by Ceri Levy called Bananaz was released and covered the Phase 1 & 2 of the bands creation. It focused solely on Gorillaz debut and Demon Days, being filmed from January 2000 - April 2006. The documentary also featured live footage, interviews and recording footage. Most likely months or around the same exact time, the making of the Plastic Beach album started.

When asked why Ceri did not continue to film Damon and Jamie into Plastic Beach in a 2017 interview for the Hallelujah Monkeyz podcast, Ceri stated that he felt it was time to move on and that the boys (Damon and Jamie) would just get tired of him following them around.

Also on the team for making Bananaz was Seb Monk who edited the documentary and who'd end up filming this documentary, The Making Of Plastic Beach.

Filming[]

Although no dates are mentioned, the footage contains recording footage for nearly all tracks featured on the album. It is fair to assume that it started early in the process of the album as Damon and Jamie can be seen travelling to Beirut in March 2009 to capture The Syrian National Orchestra For Arabic Music. The documentary features more recording footage than any other gorillaz documentary released in the last two decades but also lacked Bananaz features such as Live footage, interviews and so forth. It's fair to assume that with Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett arguing and with the project slowly going down under; Seb no longer needed to film or didn't want to. Not a lot is known....

Release[]

While the documentary wasn't released on theatres, it was included as a DVD on the Experience Edition of the Plastic Beach album - made exclusively as a pack-in DVD released on the 3rd of March 2010.

On the 16th of February 2011, a different version of the documentary was uploaded by Seb Monk to his Vimeo account. This version is slightly shorter, with a length of 32 minutes instead of 35, but included previously unreleased footage not present on the DVD.

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Trivia[]

  • Throughout the documentary, it is possible to listen some snippets of unreleased songs that were scrapped for the album, the most well-known of them being Leviathan.
  • Footage Of Bobby Womack recording Stylo was used in live show starting in 2023

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