Motion graphics in music videos

21
February
2008

Particular of Living Things - Bom Bom BomYesterday I was searching in YouTube for a tutorial that could help me to fight the breath of cod I eated three days ago, and after two hours guided by serendipity I happened by chance in a nice music video where a band was playing inside a children book, the ones with the pages made of paperboard full of levels which is possible to move some print figures.
This morning as usual I forgot the name of the group and the song and YouTube refuse to support me, so I found only a group of videos where print (or not) design techniques or styles like collage, stencils, wicked worn look where used for the background -or main – animation.
I ask to my music guru Tulsas if he remember some related video, and in a couple of hours we found these ones:

Franz Ferdinand – This Fire


The quartet from Glasgow is studying a war attack inside a dinamyc constructivist poster: sovietic typography, high constrast colors (a scale of orange), geometric shapes (triangles in this case). Masterpiece Take Me Out‘s video has a similar avant-garde approach.

Best frames (for me): from 2:45 to 2:50
Year: 2004
Director: ?

Living Things – Bom Bom Bom


Watercolor painting, stencils and seventies’ look for the Saint Louis rock band (where are now? one-hit wonder in the air?). The reciped: starts with a zebra, steal it the stripes, add all the rainbow colors and aged whole works. (better resolution here)

Best frames: from 2:00 to 2:07
Year: 2006
Director: Floria Sigismondi

Elisa – Together


The images of Italian (Trieste) songwriter Elisa are principally inserted in a 3D scene, but accompanied by many static images (for ex: soldiers 1:40; camera men 3:25; engine 3:43; and last seconds) inserted as photographic collage. (Pretty girl. I’d like to be the rung at 3:11.)

Best frames: from 1:26 to 1:47
Year: 2005
Director: Andrew Bennett e Mark Yamamoto

Gnarls Barkley – Crazy


(At the moment I can’t find an embeddable video, so here’s the link). How to insert the faces of the Baltimora’s duo in Rorschach inkblots in motion? With green and violet stencils (so single layered images) in motion.

Best frames: from 1:07 to 1:25
Year: 2006
Director: Robert Hales

Royksopp – Remind Me


In Tromsø (Norway) there’s another electronic duo that like the “visual representations of information, data or knowledge”, or infographic. Everything in life can be explained with a isometric projection and a graph, your granny didn’t tell this when you were child?

Best frames: from 0:37 to 0:48
Year: 2002
Director: Ludovic Houplain and Herve de Crecy

Royksopp – Eple


Royksopp again shows a journey into an amazing! set of photoes from 70s’/80s’ winter holidays one over the other; zooming out an image this become the particular of the next one.

Best frames: all.
Year: 2001
Director: Mother and Toxic

Mark Ronson: Just


Mark Ronson knows that London is full of graffiti there are ready to move when you are distract. (looking at the fuseaux of that blonde nu-raver)

Best frames: from 2:23 to 2:38
Year: 2005
Director: Nick Frew

Alex Gopher – The Child


New York, instead, is here the kingdom of characters. This video is one of the early examples of motion typography (remember?).

Best frames: from 2:23 to 2:38
Year: 1999
Director: Antoine Bardou-Jacquet

Vinicio Capossela – Marajà


Absolutely my favourite – and I think best italian music video of all time: for folk musician Vinicio Capossela hundred and hundred of retro images -mainly in sepia tone, but sometimes coloured with red or yellow or green – dancing, from left to right or viceversa like in a theater (present in the incipit) or a circus, in a colossal photographic collage.

Best frames: from 3:08 to 3:11
Year: 2001
Director: Ago Panini

Someone else to suggest? Come on!

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