Official video for the mini “album-movie” of Tierra Whack, WHACK WORLD. This video is consists of 15 scenes combining grotesque and absurd situations, which convey the quirky imagination of rapper Tierra Whack.
15 one minute films, 15 custom built sets, shot in 2 days.
An unlikely meeting with the singular world of Tierra.In an approach reminding a curiosity cabinet, each scene is tinted with “handmade” aesthetics and showcases the rich, spontaneous and bizarre world of the young artist.
Original Idea and Creation
Thibaut Duverneix & Mathieu Léger | Gentilhomme
Sophie Bisson | Gentilhomme
VFX 3D and Online
Amélie Petit Jean
Tierra Whack Management Team
Nail Artist: Tamara Di Lullo
Cable Guy & Personal Trainer: Martin Damian Gomez
Friend: Zachary Citara
Friend: Tatyanna Nance
Friend: Mawa Kaba
Friend: Tatiana Daniel
Friend: My Vo Ngonc
Man: Michael Pierre-Charles
Cook: Huu Khoa Pham
Cat Puppet #1: Michelle An
Cat Puppet #2: Jean-Luc Della Montagna
Cat Puppet #3: Zachary Citara
Cat Puppet #4: Nick Canonica
Cat Puppet #5: Tatyanna Nance
Hand Trophy: Nick Canonica
Line Producers: Nicolas Comeau, Jean-Luc Della Montagna
Assistant Art Department: Lea Berger
Assistant Art Department: Ingrid Wilken
Assistant Art Department: Kenny Dorvil
Assistant Art Department: François Herquel
Stylist: Sarah Hall-K
Assistant Stylist: Marilyne Gauthier-LEDUC
Makeup Artist: Maïna Militza
Makeup assistant: Josianne Cournoyer
Hair Stylist: Stéphane Scotto Di Cesare
Prosthetic Makeup: Rémy Couture
Nail Artist: Tamara Di Lullo from Candy Nail Bar Montreal
Gaffer: Stéphane Leblanc
Best Boy Electric: Julie Martel
Electric: Jean-Marc Plante
Electric: Samuel Trudelle
Key Grip: Jackson Girard
Best Boy Grip: Conrad Roy
Grip: Fred Demers
Production Director: Jean-Luc Della Montagna
Unit Manager: Virginie Nolin
Production Assistant: Yannick Boutin-Gosselin
Production Assistant: Vincent Belisle Ducharme
Production Assistant: Jean-Christophe Di Mambro
Caterer: Eduardo Castro Robles
Catering: De Bons Petits Plats
For centuries the Greek Myths have been used as cautionary tales and teaching tools for people both young and old. These stories convey deep wisdom about the human condition which continue to resonate with us. I wanted to honor these ancient stories by interpreting them in the age of the pixel and gif.
The challenge was to communicate these complex stories in the most minimal way possible while retaining their essence. By having each vignette loop seamlessly, the timeless and perennial nature of these stories are reinforced. Ultimately these animations serve as visual shorthand for ancient truths which are as relevant today as they were when first told.
After numerous transgressions, Zeus decided to punish the deceitful king Sisyphus once and for all by forcing him to push a huge enchanted boulder up a steep hill. As soon as he reached the top, the boulder would roll back down to the base of the hill, condemning Sisyphus to an eternity of frustrated labor.
King Minos imprisoned Icarus in a tower alongside his father, the master craftsman Daedalus. As a means of escape Daedalus created a set of wings made of feathers and wax for his son but warned him not to fly too close to the sun. Icarus did not however heed his father’s advice. His wings dissolved and Icarus fell into the sea below and drowned.
The daughter of Zeus and Demeter, Persephone was abducted by the god of the underworld Hades. Although Zeus intervened and brought her back to the land of the living, Persephone was bound to Hades for four months of each year. In her grief, Demeter would make the soils barren thereby creating winter while Persephone’s return would mark the start of the spring.
As punishment for mortal Narcissus’ cruel treatment of the nymph Echo, he was cursed by Nemesis, the goddess of revenge. She led him to a pool where upon seeing his own reflection, he became besotted with his image and was unable to leave. Fixated, starving and in despair, he fell into the pool and drowned.
Having done a great service for the god Dionysus, King Midas was granted one wish of his choosing. He wished that everything he touched would turn to gold. Upon turning food, water and even his own daughter to gold however, he soon realized his foolishness and prayed to Dionysus to undo his wish. Dionysus took pity on King Midas and duly undid the wish.
A Greek hero of many adventures, Theseus is best known for his defeat of the Minotaur. Under the decree of King Minos, every year fourteen young Atheneans were sacrificed to the Minotaur - a monstrous half bull, half man who resided deep within the Labyrinth. Not only was Theseus able to slay the Minotaur but he also successfully escaped the complex Labyrinth, solidifying his legend.
Direction & Design: Stephen Kelleher
Modeling & Animation: Chris Guyot
Sound Design: John Poon
Fluid shimmering patterns flow around a luminescent orb suspended in space as tones oscillate in the room. »ANIMA« is an entity that modifies sound and visuals as it reacts to and forages in its environment. This continuous exchange between viewer and sculpture unites them in a perpetual discourse through an interactive soundscape and visuals.
Commissioned digital artwork for Dolby Laboratories, San Francisco
Surreal visuals and an engaging soundscape create an immersive synaesthetic experience. The abstract space captures the essence of motion, colour and sound to visualize the experience of letting go and losing oneself in the creative process.