By Oh Yeah Wow!
Josh Thomas writes:
Oh Yeah Wow (our Melbourne based studio) recently completed the post work on a music video called ‘Paint That Picture’ for folk artist Jack Gramski. It is the latest music video from OH YEAH WOW, a Melbourne based collective of creatives, obsessives and eccentrics. If you want to an idea about how the studio functions, think Willy Wonka but with animation instead of chocolate.
A typical work day for the group involves drastic studio redecorations, sudden concept sessions, pranks, soccer breaks and animation hours that would have Walt Disney spinning in his grave.
The collective consists of around fifteen people but is predominantly driven by what the group refer to as the ‘Core Five’ – Darcy Prendergast, Josh Thomas, Seamus Spilsbury, Mike Greaney and Samuel Lewis. All five have backgrounds in stopmotion animation, but with a shared curiosity for everything, the studio has made it’s first foray into the land of 3D.
The clip marks the directorial debut for Josh Thomas, who was keen to exploit his years of tinkering with Blender for something practical.
Production was started before the integration of 3D motion tracking in a stable Blender release, so the pipeline included tracking in various external programs and then importing into Blender for animation.
The creepy block monsters were created using a mixture of extruded primitives, explode modifier, solidify modifier and boids particles. With 47 visual effects shots, the monster setup needed to be relatively simple. A setup that could be duplicated and tweaked on a shot to shot basis but still be visually interesting enough to sustain a three and a half minute clip. It was largely in the planning, much like the visual effects in their clip for Gotye’s ‘Easy Way Out’ and the upcoming Aloe Blacc/ Wax Tailor clip. The studio stands by their winning formula that poor business sense + alcohol = ambitious ideas.
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