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February 26, 2010 10:57 AM   Subscribe

i dont want to know how long that took to make. Snap motion is super tricky in situations like this.
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 11:10 AM on February 26, 2010

that was pretty awesome. thanks.
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:15 AM on February 26, 2010

You could totally tell that was animated and not real spirit writing at all.
posted by Babblesort at 11:25 AM on February 26, 2010

Nice. Reminds me of William Kentridge's work. But a lot more text.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 11:29 AM on February 26, 2010

Here's something an order of magnitude more fantastic, if you can believe that.

I suppose I could have made a thicker post out of things like this.
posted by clarknova at 11:30 AM on February 26, 2010 [2 favorites]

Yes, you could have - that video is crazy freaky and way better than the link in the post.
posted by cashman at 11:33 AM on February 26, 2010

Agreed with cashman. That video is really great. Picasso meets Fight Club in bullet time.
posted by Babblesort at 11:35 AM on February 26, 2010

Then consider it the door prize you won when you came on up to the house.
See how that works out?
posted by clarknova at 11:41 AM on February 26, 2010

Ok, I can confirm that the second video is totally badass. Can someone give a brief explanation of how that was done? Is it the same sort of thing used by that guy who proposed to his lady with the light?
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:45 AM on February 26, 2010

The radiohead video is not only 10x more awesome but also a lot easier on the ol' epilepsy.
posted by DU at 11:48 AM on February 26, 2010

My best guess is a camera (or row of cameras) on track with very long exposures. The cart was still when the shutters were open. All shots where then blended stitched together, and panned across.
posted by clarknova at 11:50 AM on February 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

I loved the "you are high on tomp" moment

Oh, and anyone else think of The Pillow Book?
posted by hippybear at 12:17 PM on February 26, 2010

I knew that had to be Tom Waits (first video.)
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 4:10 PM on February 26, 2010

The video and the music was awesome! Thank you for an introduction to Tom Waits music.
posted by VickyR at 4:18 PM on February 26, 2010

The Radiohead one kind of sums up their music for me: Intelligent and impressively produced, yet still INCREDIBLY BORING. I spent the entirety of the video trying to figure out the visual FX, and wrote off the song as some sort of ghostly tinnitus-induced auditory hallucination that left my brain as quickly as it appeared.

On the other hand, the Waits clip not only had a memorable visual metaphor (words written on human skin to symbolize mortality, suffering, and joy), but it was backed up by a hook-laden song that's still playing in my head as I write this. Granted, I've been a Tom Waits fan since forever, but it just goes to show that a little personality goes a long way.
posted by Strange Interlude at 5:18 PM on February 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

And while we're on the subject of music videos with animated lyrics, allow me to submit this nifty Mountain Goats video from a couple years ago: Sax Rohmer #1. I think it's been on Mefi before, but a good music video always bears repeating.
posted by Strange Interlude at 5:21 PM on February 26, 2010

Seeing Tom Waits live, and his music more generally is one of those rare passive experiences that still manages to define my life.
posted by signalnine at 11:46 PM on February 26, 2010

Buried in the YouTube comments for that great Mountain Goats video are these gems, both from the same guy:

"I'm split on Leonard Cohen. He's a brilliant lyricist, but he tries to make people laugh more than get a message across."

followed by:

"My previous comment is completely useless because I mixed up Leonard Cohen and Jonathan Coulton."
posted by Ian A.T. at 9:28 AM on February 27, 2010

The RHead is wonder-whack. Thanks.

If I had to make that shot I'd find an old factory full of ghosts and dolly the length of it. The light stuff I'd work up in a computer and then layer it over the film shot.

Best example I've seen in a while of how soundtrack amplifies the effect of the visual. Very spooky...
posted by Twang at 8:53 PM on February 27, 2010

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