For So Cold I wanted to return to some of the scrambled porn aesthetics we experimented with on In Decay for the band Phèdre. I wanted to make a simple dance video so that I could push the amount of distortion on the image, and still have it be readable. Video credits: Erin Moore (Make Up), Leilanni Todd (Styling), Charise Aragoza (Dancer Characters), Jesse Yules (Director / Animator). Watch the video here...
Perpetual Surrender is my second video experimenting with folded paintings. This time I used images with a strong, singular light source, that cast a shadow on one side of the figure (Carmen Elle from DIANA). I tried to illustrate the idea of a personality with different sides, by mirroring and animating the lit side of the portrait, then contrasting that by mirroring the shadow side of the portrait.
I think it’s interesting that a lot of movement and animation can be added to an image with simple folding and plan to do more of it in the future.
Old and new video work featuring Kathryn Calder, the Elwins, Reverie Sound Review, Phèdre, Anarbor, Of Montreal, Bruce Peninsula and more. Music Ledged Up (instrumental version) by Odonis Odonis.
New video for Toronto's Warm Myth. Creator's Project premiere. A new band featuring Casey Mecija (Ohbijou) and Keiran Adams (Sarah Harmer, Bonjay). Paintings and animation by yours truly. Rebloged at Boooooom, YourMusicToday.
For Warm Myth I wanted to continue playing with some of the peekaboo shots I used in my previous video for Of Montreal’s “Spiteful Intervention.” I like the idea of an alternate video lurking under the video we’re watching. I began thinking of ways that an image could morph or fold out of the way to reveal a new image. I visited some simple origami blogs looking for ideas. After a while I started to think the origami folds could be used not just as transitions, but to animate paintings. The same trick is used to make the head of state on a paper bill appear to be smiling. Don Hertzfedt’s classic “Rejected” also comes to mind, although “Rejected” takes the idea much further.
As with the Of Montreal video, I did a series of paintings I thought fit the vibe of the song, then experimented with folding the paintings in various ways. From there, I decided to play off the geometry of the folds created, which led me to experiment with kaleidoscope images. I knew that the kaleidoscope effect had been done to death (it’s an After Effects filter) so I thought it might be interesting to try and do the effect practically. Bellow is a rough set up from the shoot. I shot the folded paintings near a window in my house, to take advantage of the natural light.
Animated multimedia video for the band Of Montreal. Pitchfork has the premiere. Also, a small interview with The Creators Project (VICE / Intel collaboration) on the making of the video and a Fast Company Review. Special thanks to Cameron Tomsett and Lee Stringle for their help.
Some of the characters that didn't make the final cut, I converted them into gifs...