Music Video

“Right Action” Directed by Jonas Odell for Nexus.

Going deep with retro inspired, Sol Bass styled graphics and animations, Jonas Odell directed a killer new music video for Franz Ferdinand. “Right Action” has a great mid-century modern look that feels as fresh as the new song from their upcoming album. Once again this seems like a fairly simple video but the post production work on it is so tight I can guarantee you it was anything but simple. The full crew credits are below the video.

Franz Ferdinand – Right Action from jonas odell on Vimeo.

Production company: Nexus productions
Produced by: Janet Smith
Directed by: Jonas Odell
Director of photography: Clive Norman
Animation: Per Helin, Andreas Örhalmi, Axel Hallgren, Marcus Krupa, Andreas Liljedahl

The Well of Death. Django Django “WOR”.

OK, you might call this madness, I think it’s freaking awesome. When Django Django wanted to make a music video to promote for “WOR” they enlisted the help of Noisey. The one catch, they wanted to shoot the entire thing in the infamous Indian Well of Death, featuring the daredevils themselves. So the crew went to Allahabad, set up and shot this amazing little music video. Not only is the song great, the integration with a documentary short style film is brilliant. I love this.

The Leisure Society, and Persistent Peril Animate a Little Life and Destruction.

What a great little piece of animation. Persistent Peril created a music video for Full Time Hobby & The Leisure Society to promote the new album ‘Alone Aboard The Ark‘. The animation was created by the skillful hands of Garth Jones, Ginny Jones, Mark Billington & Emma Wakely, and shows an animated hand that creates life on a blue planet in a very touchscreen iOS kind of way, but things don’t go as planned and animated destruction ensues.

“Not the Same” Approach to Music Videos.

Since MTV and VH1 really don’t show music videos anymore, it’s nice to see bands breaking out of the music video mold and doing something new.


Recently  OKFocus was asked to build an interactive music video site for “Not the Same”, by the band Tanlines. The site looks sort of like the Photoshop interface, with layers and a toolbar pallets that let move and resize band members plus choose from a selection of backgrounds that include still images, webcam feeds, and low res video animations. There is even a hook to Social image giant Instagram that allows you to load images tagged #notthesame. It’s a pretty fun site, and definitely a very cool way to do a music video.

“Sol og Måne” a Danish Stop Motion Lullaby.

I’m a little over the stop motion animation thing these days. It just seems like it has saturated every media outlet and no one is really pushing the boundaries with it. That doesn’t mean I don’t like any of it, it just means I’m a little bored with it. Occasionally however, you find an example that stands out for one reason or another. I like the video below. It’s a Danish lullaby, “Sol og Måne” created by Cris Wiegandt and My cool twin, featuring nice use of stop motion animated paper, and foam combined with digital elements for the mouths and eyes.

Friday Inspiration. Shugo Tokumaru “Katachi” by Kijek/Adamski.

Here’s a little Friday afternoon inspiration. A fantastic stop motion video for Shugo Tokumaru’s “Katachi”made with 2000 machine cut silhouettes made out of PVC plastic. Enjoy.

Director, Concept, Animation – Kijek/Adamski
Production – Katarzyna Rup / Ab Film Production
Cast – Artur Cetnarowski
Gaffer – Heliograf, Blitz
Studio set – PlumArt Marcin “Śliwa” Śliwiński, Arek Szot, Joanna Kijek

How’d You Do That. Willow’s “Sweater” and Behind the Scenes.

The music video for Willow’s “Sweater” has been making its way around the internet, and I have to say it’s one of the best projection mapping examples I have seen. While the final music video is really impressive, I have to say I really liked the behind the scenes video even more. Why? Because it shows you just how hard this was to make from a timing perspective. The production quality of the final video clip is stunning because you have no idea how many takes each shot took. The behind the scenes video is great because it shows you a subset of how many takes each segment took. You only see a few of each, and I guarantee there were many, many more.

Both videos are below. The first is the final product, the second the behind the scenes.

Directed by: Filip Sterckx
DOP: Pierre Schreuder
3D animation / Editing: Filip Sterckx
Production: Pierre Schreuder, Filip Sterckx
Technical support: Aitor Biedma
Production assistant: Nils Goddeeris
Thanks to: Het Depot, Stake5, Cools multimedia, Tom Brewaeys, Birgit Sterckx, Antoon Verbeeck, Pieter-Jan Boghe