This eerie track from Americana-noir band “Murder by Death” tells the tale of a school under the influence of the “datura” plant, which is a poisonous hallucinogen. I wanted this piece to match the surreal mood of the song. Rather than employ traditional animation techniques, I emulated them using video. I acted out the parts of the characters while wearing dark clothing against a brightly lit background. This allowed me to make luma-mattes from the video and clip paper textures to each matte. I slowed the video to 15 FPS to imitate more traditional stop-motion animation and shed the feel of video. Differences in the color palette at corresponding parts of the story help communicate the tale. The shadows were done by duplicating and manipulating the final characters. The datura plant was illustrated in Photoshop on staggered layers and brought into After Effects to animate the growth.

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