For Moon Duo’s music video, I had 5 weeks to make 5 minutes of animation. Being a one-man-studio, one minute of animation can easily take me 100 hours to produce. Oddly enough, I was mostly in a calm state while making this animation, despite the tight deadline. I learned how to animate more quickly by trusting in the process to take care of itself. I animated one scene after another, with basically no idea for what was going to happen next. Moon Duo gave my some tips for the video and a general idea for how to end it so that we could lead into the next video, but other than knowing the ending, I had no idea what I was doing.
The main objective was to create visuals that matched the paranoid energy of Moon Duo’s song. There is a theme in my animation of growth and decay, which mirrors Moon Duo’s Yin and Yang concept from their new work.
‘Lost In Light’ is the Yang to Cold Fear’s Yin. In ‘Cold Fear’ the aliens ruled the planet in their giant skyscrapers and tortured humanoids. ‘Lost In Light’ continues the story of ‘Cold Fear’ a million years into the future, when the aliens have died off after exhausting the planet’s resources, and nature reclaims the land. Huge flowers grow out of the dead humanoids, aliens, and their buildings. Moon Duo emerge from an alien’s head as a flower and rainbow, becoming one with the planet as the sun absorbs everything into oblivion.
MAKING OF “COLD FEAR”:
MAKING OF “LOST IN LIGHT”:
Cold Fear and Lost In Light premiered on Adult Swim, and were featured as Stereogum’s top music videos of the week (Cold Fear as #1, Lost In Light as #3).
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