Watch Emmy Award-winning director Jamie Caliri’s music video for indie-rock group The Shins’ The Rifle’s Spiral track. See the making-of video here
Jamie Caliri’s surreal animation for The Shins premiered in 3D on Nintendo 3DS, but now you can watch it online, via Nowness below.
The Rifle’s Spiral depicts a lone musician, three sinister men and a cute-little-bunny-turns-enormous monster-rabbit, who have a massive battle.
We love the sketchy top-hatted gentlemen and the enormous rabbit with its bejewelled eyes!
Look out for the chairs being brought to life at the beginning of the film, and the stunning concluding falling animation. Magical stuff!
For the video, Caliri and his team used a motion control camera system called Volo and Caliri’s own stop-motion software, DragonFrame
All this wonder is played out to a lovely track from the Portland-based rock group. We hope you enjoy it!
‘Sketching the short’s narrative from any lyrics that grabbed his attention, Caliri had free rein to let his imagination run wild, resulting in a surreal stop-motion animation,’ Nowness reports.
“I have always loved Edward Gorey’s illustration work and his influence is apparent throughout the video,” Caliri told Nowness. “Also, seeing Martin Scorsese’s Hugo three times subconsciously veered my thoughts onto the magic theme.”
Enthusing about the current renaissance in music videos after also making a 3D version of the film exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS, Caliri observed: “It’s now more like the years before MTV, when music videos did not have a formula. You can be expressive and idiosyncratic.”