Friday, November 21, 2008

Weird Fishes/Arpeggi

Radiohead - Weird Fishes - by Tobias Stretch

By now, Radiohead's In Rainbows has sunk in to most fans' minds and can start to be interpreted in other ways. One of those ways is a video contest for Radiohead songs by Myspace.com and aniboom.com, who will host video submissions.

The winners are up. I saw this one tonight and was blown away. The songs many layers and open-ended lyrics make this one a difficult to pin down visually, but I think Tobias Stretch nailed it. First of all, stop motion animation is REALLY HARD WORK. Secondly, all of the puppets had to be constructed, posed, photographed, all with the final concept in mind. The result is fantastic.

Not only are the characters fun to watch; the landscape is beautiful, and Tobias' employment of time lapse adds another dimension to the scene. He also uses editing to his advantage to create the effect of motion as well as increase the sense of depth from the downward shots, as if the characters were really flying. I've not watched the other submissions yet, but this one sets the bar high. My favorite video interpretation from the new album thus far.

1 comment:

George said...

Good post, great vid. Never would have chosen a day-time setting for this, but it actually works quite well.