Beta Frontiers - So Cold

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... 

Diana | Perpetual Surrender (2013)

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. 


Warm Myth | Working (2012)

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.

Making of... 

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.

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