Hey! Thanks for watching and sharing 'Pretty Little Bird'.This project was months in the making and took me hundreds of hours to complete. The excellent song is by the Brooklyn band 'Balthrop, Alabama', and the video, artwork, and animation is by me!

I filmed the band in the Dead Workers' green screen studio in Huntsville, Alabama while Balthrop were visiting on tour. From there on it was months of post-production. Everything you see was hand-painted with watercolors, followed by endless hours of careful compositing and animating. Some of these paintings are 3D composited layers while others are actual 3D models filmed in camera. For instance, the bird is a paper puppet that's actually flapping it's wings in real time in front of the camera.

My computer was too slow to handle the project in After Effects, so believe it or not I created this entire project in Adobe Premiere. I did this by layering chroma-keyed footage with.png images and key-framing all of the movement. I simulated focal and lens effects by key-framing gaussian blur effects on specific layers. The other way I simulated depth was by animating faster movement in foreground layers than background layers. This took lots of trial and error, and most of the time I could only preview a frame at a time. I need a computer that isn't six-years-old!

It was a great project to work on and I'm very thankful that Balthrop artist Michael Arthur asked me to create it. I was given complete creative control of this work, and learning what I can pull off with the tools I have has opened my mind to a world of new video possibilities.

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Credits____________________________________________________

Pretty Little Bird by Balthrop, Alabama (http://www.balthropalabama.com)
Directed by Dustin Timbrook (http://www.dustintimbrook.com)
From the album We Have Electricity available on End Up Records (http://endup.org)
Thanks to The Dead Workers Party for letting us use their gigantic green screen! (http://www.deadworkers.com)

Lyrics:

Oh you pretty little bird
I wanna be like you
Up in the air, flying free
Nobody's holding you down
And you ain't gotta wait around

Packed up your bags and you're leaving
Nothing I can do to make you stay
Patch up the walls and I'll paint them
But these walls ain't got much to say
And they don't care the way you do

Oh you pretty little bird
I wanna be like you
Up in the air, flying free
Nobody's holding you down
And you ain't gotta wait around

Brought another boy home last night
Couldn't even tell you his name
Might've been John, or James, or Jimmy
Doesn't matter, they're all the same
And they don't care the way you do

Oh you pretty little bird
I wanna be like you
Up in the air, flying free
Nobody's holding you down

Oh you pretty bird!

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