Currently making the rounds online is this super cool new video for the track Kodama by 20syl. Shot from above, it features the musician’s disembodied hands playing instruments, drawing a picture and even making a cup of tea. We talked to Mathieu Renoult (aka Mathieu Le Dude), who directed the video alongside 20syl, about how it was made…
“The video was made in a garage, just like George Lucas would have wanted us to do,” says Renoult. “It’s a 100% home made video. Everything has been done by me and 20syl. He first came to me with an idea, and we discussed it together to bring magic and poetry to something that could have been very ‘technic’ – 20syl and I really wanted to have the perfect mix between the ‘technic’ and the ‘story’.
“We tried to find as many instruments and cool items as we could to tell our story, bring some colours, shapes and a graphic touch. It had to be a rollercoaster between reality and magic.”
Photos from the video shoot
The video was shot over four days and every set of hands in the film, bar one, belongs to 20syl. “We had to make a lot of takes and make sure all of them were perfect and that the light and the camera would not move,” continues Renoult. “Just like it would be for a stop motion film, for example. We had to climb on a ladder to change the batteries, and be very careful not to move the camera. Basically if the camera had moved by a centimetre, everything would have been ruined. So we had to find a way to make it steady for four days and nights – I can’t tell you how, we had to build our own system, so it’s a secret.”
The video was a totally collaborative work. “We did everything together,” says Renoult. “I would work more on the editing while 20syl would work on the After Effects stuff. That way we kept shaping our story and our video at every step of the making. But that’s what’s great about it – we talked so much together about whether or not we should do this or that action, we had a lot of great stuff to edit. Even some scenes that are not in the final cut. We would start every sentence with, ‘if we really want it to be great, we should…’, and we’d do that.”