Australian animator Felix Colgrave’s music video for Fever the Ghost follows a cartoon man and his pet serpent who flip their residence planet into a giant disco ball (+ film).
Colgrave’s collaboration with the Los Angeles-based band began with a “really cryptic electronic mail”.
“We organized a video get in touch with more than a few far more cryptic emails, and then throughout the get in touch with the band was obscured by a big papier-mâché strawberry in sunglasses,” Colgrave told Dezeen. “I normally say no to carrying out music videos, but they had been enjoyable to talk to and had previously lured me that far through sheer ambiguity.”
The animator then set about making a clip for the band’s track Source utilizing visuals that he believed complemented its sounds rather than the lyrics.
“The band was adamant that I make what ever I want, to the degree that I asked for the lyrics multiple instances, and they refused since they did not want them to influence my imaginative selections,” stated Colgrave. “To this day I do not know the lyrics to Supply and I’m not even sure if they’re all genuine words.”
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Colgrave developed a story about a man and his pet serpent, who need to travel into the centre of his hill-covered planet and flick on a switch to transform it into a disco ball.
To attain the underground planet, the old guy rides the beast by means of the mouth of one particular of the hills, which Colgrave suspects is “in on the total factor”.
“All the other hills may or may possibly not know what’s taking place at all, but they are essential for the light to get out of the planet for the disco ball transformation,” he explained.
This ritual awakens a nearby “celebration planet” and its inhabitants, who then dance as a choreographed troop. “They’re just like dancers in any other music video,” said Colgrave.
While the revellers take pleasure in their disco, the old guy and the serpent have a picnic and play a game of cards until finally it’s time to flick the switch once more and flip the planet back to typical.
Colgrave designed the animated video entirely utilizing Adobe Flash software to maintain the manufacturing procedure as easy as attainable.
“Combining various application and mediums is good, but making it all in the a single issue had this immediacy, which is necessary if you genuinely want to make every little thing up as you go,” he stated.
“No undertaking backgrounds or animations separately or something like that, no wasting time arranging, just working my way from one particular finish of the song to the other, having greatest time for the idea to ferment, and applying the identical variety of imagined to every little thing,” he added.
The video took two or three months to full. Colgrave showed the band the initial 64 seconds and acquired their approval, then did not reveal the animation to them once more till it was complete.
“It’s just me drawing the way I draw, and animating it the way I animate,” Colgrave mentioned.
Source is taken from Fever the Ghost’s Crab in Honey EP, released by Heavenly Recordings final year.