‘West to the Evening Sun’ single // process (pt 2, video)
In the last post, I talked a bit about the song and the musical elements. I just wanted to add a quick note about the video.
The video had a few incarnations: I originally recorded it very simply, with just clouds going across the sky in my garden in real time. I really like simple videos. But actually, that one ended up looking a bit too simple, even by my standards :-)
So I decided to try out a different idea, and made a stop-motion one about a little cartoon girl who lost her balloon: I spent the whole Christmas making that one! ..but then I saw this cool thing on Wonders of the Universe (Brian Cox, BBC) – a wall of towers in Peru which was built as a giant sundial – and that made me think about the cloud idea again, but with some sort of sundial idea incorporated into it. I started looking up homemade sundial videos on YouTube and had all sorts of elaborate plans to construct one out the back. But I figured it would have to be vertical to work in the video (..my skills are limited in these areas), so I decided it’d have to be the window and some whiteboard markers.*
The main concern for me with the video was that it would just kind of float by as you watched it, and not take up too much of your attention, so that you could hear the layers and atmospherics in the song properly.
I hope you like it,
* Incidentally, whiteboard markers work great on windows! (but don’t tell any children)
** I should probably also add: as a sundial, it’s not exactly scientifically accurate..