Karni and Saul’s enchanting animation

Aardman directing duo Karni and Saul have collaborated with Atlantic Records on the video for the new single by British folk rock trio The Staves.

Aardman directing duo Karni and Saul have collaborated with Atlantic Records on the video for the new single by British folk rock trio The Staves.

Karni and Saul, who have been working together since 2005, have produced a typically atmospheric promo with a cast of fantastical and surreal characters set in an enchanted forest – including the band cast as music-playing trees.

Created for the song ‘Winter Trees’, from debut album ‘Dead & Born & Grow’, the video was inspired by 3D laser-cut wood puzzles, which Karni and Saul had been researching for a while.

The duo admits that they wouldn’t usually interpret a song title so literally, but having listened to the song, “we wrote ideas down separately and we both wanted a forest. So we guess it had to be that way. I’s the feeling the song gave us. So beautiful, but slightly sad and bare too.”

The video was produced in a mix of techniques, including hand-drawn flash and CG animation, but no classic stop-frame.  The duo adds, “We wanted that hand-drawn emotional feel with the ease and 3D model feel of the real world that CG can give.”

Directors: Karni and Saul
Production company: Aardman Animations
Character design: Saul Freed
Illustrator: Owen Williams

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