Kingston University graduates and This Is It collective members Becky & Joe are back with an animated video for US band Delicate Steve’s new single, Tallest Heights.
The video uses 16mm, 35mm and super 8 film strips and is part of the duo’s experimentation with drawing on top of live action film. The quirky, colourful visuals work perfectly with Delicate Steve’s largely non-vocal and slightly psychedelic music, and we guarantee you’ll be glued to your screen for the whole four minutes.
Running around London’s parks with handheld cameras and imposing acetate drawings on to thousands of frames makes for a lot of work but as Becky explains, it was worth it to create a video as enjoyable as the song it accompanies. “As tired as we get, we need to make sure we keep [our animations] fun,” she says in a video explaining the making of the project (below).
CR subscribers may remember we featured Becky (Sloan) and Joe (Pelling) in our April ‘animators to watch’ feature.
Signed to production agencies Blinkink and Colonel Blimp, their showreel includes a video for Tame Impala’s It Feels Like We Only Go Backwards created entirely from plasticine; one for Unknown Mortal Orchestra track Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark) that uses string puppets and felt animals and short film Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared, in which a crow, a puppet and a talking sketch book explore creativity through song.
Perhaps the most exciting thing about this duo is how different each video is from the last: props used in their recent productions range from raw meat to glitter to felt and every creation is the result of painstaking attention to detail, from rolling out plasticine using a pasta maker to making thousands of frames by hand.
As they told CR earlier this year, “we lean naturally towards stuff where you can physically touch it, towards more tactile work. Having said that, we wouldn’t rule out completely digital-based projects.” We’re looking forward to their next project already.
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