Thursday, July 02, 2009

obey the groove video - making-of: part 1

our first video for this album is for ‘obey the groove’. the basic idea is: a planet, made out of my head, gets overrun with alien robots, and pete and neil cosmonauts come to save the day. there are puppets, and robots, and lasers. big fun.
after figuring out the rough timeline and plot points, i decided to do some concept paintings.

next i had to figure out what the robots might look like. i took a trip to the 99 cent store and bought anything i thought i could turn into a robot. then i went to a hobby shop and bought couple battleship models. i took all the parts and hot glued them onto the 99 cent store bodies i had built. after a quick coat of spraypaint, i went in and detailed the robots a little, until i ended up with this:

for the cosmonauts, i found a fantastic puppet builder and hired him. his name is russ walko, and this is what he built:

after seeing the little cosmonaut petey, i got quite giddy. i started talking to the puppet, tucking it in at night. i tried to feed him, but he wouldn’t eat. i told him he needed food and rest after his journey from space. he was silent.

next, i’m going to do a test shoot of the petey head planet. then i’ve got to design and build some more robots. finally, after the alien puppet is built, it’s time to shoot!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:19 AM

    Where are ya brother? I've known about "Sweep the Leg" for years, actually the theme song for my bud and I. But as a dumbass, never listened to the rest of the album until now. Dude! You rock! Where are you? The world needs you! It's some girl, isn't it? (I certainly understand that) But you can have both, ya know. Oh, and where the hell are your tour dates? - RXPRider