Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Branching out.

When I first moved back here to Los Angeles a few months ago, I had planned on taking time off for a few weeks to relax and work on my film. The boxes hadn't even been unpacked and I got a random call from Motion Theory to work on a new music video for Beck. The weird thing for me was that it didn't involve animation- they wanted me to design and build a set! It was a really unique job- to build a miniature version of city street out of found objects that would blend into a flea market scene. Motion Theory has a really cool technique that is based on the back cover fold-ins from MAD magazine. Using motion control and digital compositing they manage to "fold" a video image to reveal something new and unexpected. So for the set I designed- it would look like a normal flea market scene in East LA until the fold-in happens and then the boxes reveal themselves to be a miniature street. The actual build took about a week and had my wife Cindy and I running all over LA gathering stuff from thrift stores to build with. We picked up some really fun stuff- look for the matador painting in the final shot (that was one of Cindy's big finds!).

When you are done looking at my images below be sure to go here to see behind the scenes and watch the video! I'm a huge fan of Beck, and was really proud to work on this. (Got to meet him too!)

Here is the rough sketch I did to show the idea:

And here's a photo I took on the day of the shoot:


Blogger twin turbohed said...

My favorite is the golf club light post and the roll of chicken wire / screen material as a fence!
Did Beck hit you with any psycho Scientology rhetoric (ala Tom Cruise) on set?

I know this isn't the place to vent, but I really hope there is a backlash in that guys career for his rants and irrational judgments of psycho tropic meds (referring to Matt Lauer interview).

CRUISE: "i've never agreed with psychiatry, ever. Before I was a Scientologist I never agreed with psychiatry. and when i started studying the history of psychiatry, i understood more and more why i didn't believe in psychology."
With outbursts like that it might help him to sit down with a shrink. Hell, it might even help him come out of the closet, or at least come to terms with his overemphasized public display of affection for girls half his age.

OK- the neurotic jew in me has said it's peace. Sorry ethan..way off subject. Beautiful work on that city model!

10:26 AM  
Blogger Ethan said...

No worries Mish- feel free to vent here as often as you'd like!

8:22 AM  

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