We’ve had a few friends ask about the process of Jenny & Tyler’s “Little Balloon” music video. The concept we dreamed up with J&T meant a lot to all four of us, I think: It’s the idea of feeling alone and isolated, and sort of finding your place and God’s plan for you.
We realized early on that we wanted the balloon to be by itself throughout the entirety of the video – right up until the end. It was a fun idea, but the execution was … interesting. You wouldn’t believe how many funny looks a grown man gets when he’s carrying a balloon on a stick down Broadway. It was really fun when the camera was a couple hundred yards away and out of plain sight, and we were just some guy taking his balloon out for a walk.
We dreamed up a bigger final scene than we were going to be able to perform naturally, so we had to turn to some fairly heavy After Effects work to create the crowd of balloon and lanterns. Anyway, if you’re interested in the process, check out the before/after shots below, and the GIF of one of the final shots.
Dave and I aren’t what you’d typically call, “morning people.” It usually takes David about 6 cups of coffee to wake up and I can’t walk or see straight for the 2 hours in the AM. I have many stubbed toes and bumps on my head to prove it. However, in the past week we have had to wake up well before the sunrise in order to film it for a music video. Here is a pic from today’s shoot up in the Renaissance Hotel from David’s sisters amazing office.
The song we are filming for is called “Little Balloon” by Jenny & Tyler. The music video will follow the simple and sometimes treacherous journey of a small red balloon as it finds it’s purpose in a seemingly empty world. There might be some slightly cliche’ motifs here, but we hope the strong visuals mixed with the sweet song will make for a nice little story.
This short film is decidedly more macabre than any of the others on this list, but I’ve come back to it several times this year. It hooks me on multiple levels: the score is eerily gorgeous (or maybe gorgeously haunting), the animation is fantastic, and in the span of a few minutes, it makes me care about these creatures and their creator.
It also hooks me as a tribute to Jim Henson, whose Muppets have kindled countless creative fires long after Henson’s tragic death. I like the thought that our creations have life even after we are gone.
I like short films that take a simple idea (in this case, a puppeteer and his puppets) and turn the idea on its ear. I also love short films that, like Tyler’s earlier entry, can tell a story without using words.
So we got a little caught up in the holidays and failed to post the past 2 days. Shopping, eating, family… can you blame us?
I imagine if you are reading this, you are taking a quick breather from all of the excitement of the holidays so I’ll make sure to keep this brief and allow you to get back to the festivities.