Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Johnny Walnut: Double Life

So, awhile back I was given the opportunity to direct a music video (click here to view the video!) for the musical sensation Johnny Walnut. Of course I accepted, had a ton of fun working with awesome people, and had a blast doing the art design.

Just recently however I dug up some of the props that survived and managed to get some decent pictures of them.

The concept for the video? Everything cardboard. And so (obviously) everything was sculpted from 100% recycled cardboard. Everything... everything from the walls, lighting fixtures, furniture, office supplies, newspapers, books, doughnuts, clouds, sky, flowers, food, doors, costumes, even right down to the instruments the band is playing, and the crowd watching them. (even my mustache!)

But before any cardboard madness began, I started by making a doodly animatic. This was used to help figure out the timing and movement of the various elements:

This was followed up with a sketch of how all the different set pieces would work together:

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Working with cinematographer/producer extraordinaire Laura Valladao, we hashed out the details and how the video would be shot. Then I began the process of collecting and sculpting a ridiculous amount of cardboard. Here are some results:

Hats for the band and actors!

Just because it's a cardboard Rollex
it doesn't mean it can't be fancy.

Cardboard replicas of bandleader Pete's
signature hello kitty guitar, and Spenser's bass.

Some of the tables and chairs.

Office supplies.

Office plant. Never needs water!

The story required three life-sized cardboard
stand-ups of the band. We didn't have the budget for
anything professional, so using Photoshop, my home printer
and some mad scissor skills I did the next best thing.

That's right, a frickin' vending machine!
(thanks to Danielle and crew for building that one!)

But these are just a few of the pictures! Click here for the full gallery.

And be sure to see the actual video: "Double Life" on Vimeo!

In conclusion, good times (even if some nights I still have nightmares about cardboard)

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Work went at such a frantic pace that things were being made right up to and even during production. The stuff that was created on by the crew set saved everything multiple times over: I must take this opportunity to give a huge shout out to the amazing art team. (that's right, you know who you are, you freakin' rockstars!!)

Also, a nod to our fallen comrades. The cardboard extras enjoyed a brief but exciting life. Farewell my friends, be strong on your next cardboard adventure:

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1 comment:

  1. That picture of the guy air guitaring is epic.