During August 1-6 I spent most of my days and nights living in the spectacle called PASSAGE. Performing acts from all around the world took the streets of Helsingborg and Helsingör, and made them their stage for a week. I was hired to document the events in Helsingborg, put the footage on a drive and send it over to Denmark for editing.
So this is not an official video in any way – I made this for me. I got so many great shots (I have over 50 hours of material) and I couldn’t help myself from making a little montage with some of it. Recently I also got a hold of Red Giant’s Universe for After Effects and that comes with the most diverse VHS-plugin I’ve seen so far.
If you know me a bit, you know I love anything out of the 80’s. I grew up with VHS-casettes and I still remember editing my first movies with an old Panasonic camera and a VHS-player. It’s not for everyone, and some people might wonder why you would take perfectly fine images in vibrant colours, and drag it through the analog mud. Well, because it’s an art form, it’s nostalgia, and just as unexpected and glitchy as half-improvised acts on the streets. This is the Passage VHS montage.
Music used: Hogan Grip – “Stance gives you balance”
If you have any questions about the acts feel free to ask and I’ll point you in the right direction. And if you don’t like my montage – have a look at some cleaner photos from the event here.
For our lip sync assignment we had to record some audio to begin with. We were told to ask random people the question; “What is love?” After picking out the best answer we were told to listen to the audio, and listen hard.
“What type of animal does the voice you recorded sound like and where is it?”
After asking Christian Andersen we knew it was going to head in a somewhat darker direction. A rabbit-like creature, trying to look real mean and hard, but with a inside of melted fudge just waiting to pour out of that thin, tired shell of a body. Dutzie was born.
This was the first sketch made on the train home from school.
Obviously Dutzie was in a bar throwing back some nice crispy (lukewarm and stale) brew – through a straw. Since he is trying so hard – but still is quite helpless and small. We added the fly since, (as always) something must die. Blood must be spilled. The fly also gave us a reason to play around a bit more with Dutzie’s eyes and the audio (the buzzing of the fly in relation to the microphone in the film).
Instead of eye-brows we used whiskers and ears because a true oddball needs to have big dumb eyes and nothing around the eyes, but wrinkles. And eyes. So much eyes. Eyes eyes and eyes. Oddball – Eyeball. This is science at it’s finest. We spent a whole day on lip syncing using about 12 different sets of mouths – and another 5 days just adding life to the character and the surroundings.
This was the first time for both Amanda and me working with Adobe Animate (or any type of animation for that matter) so I’m sure we could have gone a bit faster on a relatively small animation like this – if it wasn’t for the fact that we figured every single step out as we went along. This tutorial was amazing.
We fell in love with Dutzie – so we even printed T-shirts. And others seemed to like him too. This animation landed us a music video job we’ll be working on over the summer together. So stay tuned, because we’re not done yet.