Hjalti Hjálmarsson writes:
The band Dikta, which is one of the most popular bands in Iceland at the moment, approached our company Miðstræti wanted create a music video for their song "Goodbye." They didn't have anything specific in mind and gave us complete control over which artistic and story-wise direction best suited the song.
The basic story and concept came from Björn Daníel Svavarsson who did all the design, modelling, texturing and after effects, while Hjalti Hjálmarsson did the animation and cinematography.
We wanted the story to reflect the song but at the same time be open to interpretation, so every person viewing it would see something different. Our programs of choice were Blender 2.49, using FarmerJoe for renderfarm, and After Effects CS4 for all post production.
Dikta's album "Get it Together" has reached Gold in Iceland, you can check out more of their music on MySpace. You can follow Hjalti's adventures on twitter and find more of Danni's designs on his website.
All the best, Hjalti
A really nice piece of work,
Love the colour pallet, It looks fantastic
very simple, but very beautiful :)
Was it himself that he walked away from? I liked it, not bad!
That's some fine piece of art, I really like the styling!
I like its minimalist approach...and its particle effects and lighting...yes...it's very beautiful!...
Power to Maya !!! ;)
great combination for armature and particle/smoke system.
Awesome style and sad mood!
Great clouds (Photos?)
Really..... really grat job!!!!
whaao so beautifull. fantastique Work Bravo.
I love it! Thats so ingredible
Such a lovely visuals!Great video!
Great! I loved the style.
Moving lyrics goes hand in hand with fragile character.
A lonely voice with a guitar. So precise...
That's great! Congratulations! Any place we can see wip or screengrabs etc? Loved both clip and song!
Cara o video clip esta perfeito muito bom mesmo adorei!
I watched that many times already. It's very well done and very emotional. Beautiful job!
very nice idea and script !!! Great !!!
Great animation. One of the best I've ever seen. Top professional. Congrats from Brasil.
Very artistic animation. Commendations above well-deserved. :)
But I'm worried if your client was happy with the result. If I had asked someone else to create a music video for me, I would expect the video to help my fans remember the appealing melodies of my music, rather than distracting them. If your viewers remember the song at the end of the video, it's a well-made music video. If they can't remember what they heard but what they've seen, you have ended up creating an another wonderful short--something the client might not have asked you for.
I hope that's not the case. :)
I'm fan of this kind of music videos. Tells a story and goes well with the song, simple yet emotional.
Now I'm having LSS (Last song syndrome). The song continuously plays in my mind even after the video already end. ^^
Pretty awesome stuff =)