2008 Music Videos - A look back

Following suit with the blogging community, I am here to give a look back into the work I've completed in 2008. I'm very happy with the videos I have made this year and things seem to be picking up for your humble director. So let's take a little journey through the productions of all completed music videos (thus far) for 2008! (in chronological order of course).

At the start of the year I was making a transitional move from Dallas back to my stomping grounds of Austin. In my free time I created this animation of a man lost in a dream world as part of my reverse music videos side project. For those unacquianted with this concept, it goes as follows. I make a video then send it to a band to create an ORIGINAL song designed specifically to the animation. It's a way to switch the process back to the musician. I always try to make the videos follow a logical structure and timing to make it easier for the bands to 'match' the scenes. Take a look:

Vertigo Jones - The Strangest Things from Eric Power on Vimeo.

New York band In Cadeo approached me with their song 'The Archer', asking for a suitably cool video. They gave me absolute freedom of control on this one (which is always the best way to work). I opted to tell a loose story of a household gone awry in the form of pictures on a wall. I wanted to use as many styles of animation as I could to tell this story so that each 'painting' would feel like a different artists work. I was fortunate enough to be able to use Bob Sabiston's rotoscoping program for a few short segments throughout the video, thereby helping me achieve the different feels I was going for. Thanks Bob! The band sent me in some hilarious footage of themselves singing the song for me to base these segments off of.

In Cadeo - The Archer from Eric Power on Vimeo.

Not long after In Cadeo, I started work on a completely different video for the Austin band The Lovely Sparrows. I'm a huge fan of their music and they just released a new LP called Bury the Cynics that I listen to frequently. It's my favorite album of the year! This project ended up being a stop motion paper cutout animation telling the story of a year in the life of a wolf (close enough) and his ill fated romance. In a few scenes I added digital elements to create some nice camera movements as we roam in and out of forests and treetops. This is my favorite video.

The Lovely Sparrows - Year Of The Dog from Eric Power on Vimeo.

The immensely talented band The Boxing Lesson had been wanting a music video from me for about a year. Finally, we had the opportunity to work together and create something great. The story of the song tells of a time machine type situation. I only implied this idea in the video in order to leave things open to interpretation. I opted for a style of animation I am very familiar with and wanted to push to new heights. I'm very happy with the end result. The band came over one day to shoot some pictures which I based their characters directly off of.

The Boxing Lesson - Dark Side of the Moog from Eric Power on Vimeo.

The concept behind this video comes from the work of Edward Gorey, notably his illustrations of 'murderous mistresses' where he drew a portrait of Lettice Finding. The song is based on her and I wanted to tell my dramatization of the events that took place. I took some liberties with the original story, but I feel it gets the point across. I made this video in a mere 2 weeks, pushing my self into a state of insomnia. I was dying to get a video out in time for Halloween so I looked around my place and found a ream of matte photo paper that I used for the cutouts. I like this video in comparison to the Lovely Sparrows one I made. They are done in a similar medium with drastically different results.

The Ballad of Lettice Finding and Oscar Cutlet from Eric Power on Vimeo.

Those are all the videos currently completed for 2008, but I have one more that will be released before the years end! Stay tuned. I'm hoping 2009 will be even better than this year.