I researched all this a few weeks ago but haven’t had a chance to upload it.
I wanted to do a bit more research into this guy as I felt he was the most relative to my work. I found out online that his real name is Russ Mercy, so that’s where the name originates. Like I touched on a bit last time he is in fact a huge fan of Basquiat and it is stated in several interviews. It’s interesting to think about Basquiat’s work in an animated format, it pushes whats already great into something extra and it’s weird I’d never thought about it like that before until watching Ruffmercy’s work. It’s reminiscent, a bit, of the way the makers of Montage of Heck animated Kurt Cobain’s drawings. I’d never have thought about that, or what that’d be like until I saw it.
Here’s a couple of examples of that, as a tangent. Looking over them again is really interesting, it gives me a bit of hope as I can sometimes imagine what my drawings will look like as animations but sometimes I wonder why I’m drawing some of these things when I can’t see how they move. I wouldn’t have thought about how Kurt’s drawings could move either! It also shows multiple methods/simple ways to animate such as repetition of words/images or within an animatic.
Anyway, A lot of Ruffmercy’s work is animation on top of film, which also has a really interesting look to it as well.
Colours, Layers, Textures, Use of Overlays – very similar to my own work! Also gives me a bit of hope for my work as well.
I particularly wanted to point out this video for Sunns’ song: Watch You, Watch Me. There’s multiple things and techniques we can take from this video. Again, repetition is a part of the animation process here. Again, we also have multiple colours and layers creating the movement which seems to be Ruffmercy’s staple. This is a good example of how use of photographs can create animation too, as they peel away and fragment the overall image.
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris:
Not a lot comes of these two, but as they create music videos for one of my favourite bands I felt like it was worth a look at some of their other work. It’s completley obvious now I know who else they’ve worked for, clients/works include Korn’s ‘Freak on a Leash’ and RHCP’s ‘Californiacation’, ‘Otherside’ and ‘Road Trippin”. I guess I just feel a bit nostalgic, which is dumb as was born the latter half of the 90’s but I re-lived it I guess as I grew up and became interested in 90’s bands from my mid teens. The pair also directed the film ‘Little Miss Sunshine’.
Freak on a Leash has a bit more narrative, is a bit Scooby Doo-esque and doesn’t really compare to the animation style of ‘Tonight Tonight’. ‘Tonight Tonight’ is a lot more interesting to me personally because of the more puppeteer style of animation which has worked well for me before.
Mrzyk and Morieau:
After watching their video for Sebastian Teller, I decided to take a look into more of Mrzyk and Morieau’s work. The pair are a female and male duo, from France. They create surrealist illustrations and animations inspired by innuendo and their favourite part of the body is the butt! (As if that wasn’t obvious). I quite like the idea of innuendo or metaphor and using it within this project. Its a way of expressing sexuality in a funny way or potentially offensive way depending on the context. I also really love the way they use shape to create other imagery inside of other imagery. Here’s a few of their illustrations and other works:
I particularly like the video above, although the animation is a bit more intricate in comparison to what I’m looking for, because of the textured backgrounds and the animations over the top. Its a simple way of creating backgrounds with depth, which is something I’m worried about for my video. I don’t want my girls to be dancing in a blank abyss! Interestingly the pair also added some of their illustrations to the graffiti/posters in the back!
Alasdair and Jock:
Finally, I had a look into Alasdair and Jock’s work as well. Again, I’m in love with the “puppeteer” method of animation – it’s complicated when thinking of all the layers but the pay off is really cool! Their work as been endorsed by Kanye, and was one of the first things to be projected onto Buckingham Palace! Some other parts of their works also use objects and surreal stop motion, I guess what I mean by “puppeteer” comes under that umbrella. I like using the idea of digital puppets to illustrate my story, It also relates to what I’ve been drawing in my large sketchbook. I was thinking about ballerinas and how they look like they’re being controlled by puppet masters with large hands. Its just an interesting visual concept I could work with.
I quite like the use of black/negative space in this video. Its darkness amps up it’s bizarre imagery. In the band we work with a lot of neon so working with black backgrounds would give a big visual impact.