The initial idea for the video was simple: colorful, kinetic images edited together in densely rhythmic patterns. To maximize the effect of overlapping colors, we shot tight close ups of the band lip syncing the song against multicolor poster board backgrounds. David & Suz endured three days of makeup application/removal sessions, handled by Callista Wilson, a professional stylist. To these initial images we added a few elements: painted hands imitating faces and accordions, wax crayons melting across a canvas, and food coloring moving in a plate of milk. The end result is, hopefully, a video that is as vibrant as the song.
This stop motion video involved hot rodding some 12" artist mannequins, building a scale room complete with furniture and portraits, and using a reading light for each of the thousands of photos needed to create a dancing light effect.
This two dimensional stop motion piece first involved a photo shoot with Bhi Bhiman, taking over 662 photographs covering every expression. Next came cutting these up and moving them ever so slightly for each of the roughly 4,000 shots it took to animate.
This is a Lego stop motion video we made for Allie for her record "Late Bloomer". It was one of Shutter & String's first projects as a team.
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Josh Ritter // The Curse
Constructed and filmed over the course of 4 months, The Curse demonstrates the power of putting images to an already powerful song. Using marionettes and a hi-def camera, The Curse tells the story of a forbidden love between an archaeologist and her mummified discovery.
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Josh Ritter // Real Long Distance
Shot in the band's storage space after hours, this video was made in one day using make shift dollies, an old telephone and one handycam.
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Sonny Pete // The Ghost of You
This simple video was made in an afternoon with one tiny Japanese digital camera and a bunch of balsa wood toy planes. It was intended to illustrate the poetic side of death and transcendence, a theme that informed the songs on Sonny Pete's album.
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Josh Ritter // Rattling Locks
This video was made for Josh Ritter's album "So Runs the World Away". It was made exclusively with 120mm medium format photographs, many of which were taken on the road.
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Josh Ritter // So Runs the World Away album teaser
This video was one of three short teasers created to announce the release of Josh Ritter's album So Runs the World Away. Designed to build anticipation, it was the first anyone had seen or heard from the record.