In April, I had the pleasure of working with director Musa Brooker on a short film, The Story of Pines. Musa and I have a long history of collaborating on projects; he acted as animation director on my Foo Fighters video.
The Story of Pines is written by Alison Sudol, featuring music from the album Pines by her alias, A Fine Frenzy. The film has a nice, gentle tone to it that's very different from a lot of the projects I tend to work on.
We shot the film with cut-out paper puppets on a downshooter rig. With the clever use of fabric, foil, and multi-plane shooting, there's a sense of depth that really gives it a unique look. I think it turned out beautifully.
Here's the finished film:
And here's some behind-the-scenes footage:
Note that even though the chyron in the first video says "Pete Levin," that's actually an appearance by the talented Matt Manning. Eh, I'll take the credit. :)
Here's a poster, featuring a shot from the film animated by me!