Björk Rides Magnificent Waves of Clay
Whether you love Björk or you hate her, her Wanderlust music video is must-not-miss. Created by Encyclopedia Pictura, a California based production company, the video combines live action, puppets, scale models, and computer generated animation.
First, check out Björk's Wanderlust video below, both the high-res Quicktime and much lower-res YouTube version.
How did they do it?!?!? The result is stunningly rich. Just incredible. Inspired? Gotta start somewhere.
Brief interview excerpt from Dazed Digital:
DD: How long did the video take to create? What was the hardest aspect?
IS: The video took nine months from concept art to us being pulled - kicking and screaming - from our computers. Sean had to become a 3D expert and build a 3D camera system and playback box and pioneer lots of DIY processes. For me the hardest aspect was trying to achieve an immersive, complete, and very specific aesthetic - because the only thing in the video that isn't hand crafted is bjork's face, hands, and feet. I used my own hands everyday but also worked with over 50 key artists to achieve the forms and textures of this world. We tried to lodge ideas into the forms and use the patterns and textures of these forms to transmit meaning to the viewer.
Wanderlust is also available in 3D, on the Encyclopedia Pictura site (as well as loads of other amazing videos).
Dazed Digital's interview quotes:
"...why 3D? Because we see the ultimate transcendental function of art as 'expanding the realms of direct experience.' 3D allows a film to be more like direct experience and less detached and separate from how we organically perceive."
If you want to experience the video (or any other 3d video for that matter) "directly", Sean Hellfritsch from Encyclopedia Pictura was kind enough to demonstrate how to make the Vizard, a home 3-D viewing station: