1. "Whale Song" for Modest Mouse

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    *** This video was initially posted by the production company at http://vimeo.com/6929537 *** My complete portfolio at http://www.nandocosta.com - I directed, designed and also animated and worked on the compositing of this music video for Portland-based band Modest Mouse. Below is the press release from Bent where the video was produced. Behind the Scenes: http://www.vimeo.com/15442231 View Production Stills on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bentimagelab/sets/72157622256680339/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/bentimagelab/sets/72157619746721753/ - The indie rock band Modest Mouse is getting the royal treatment from Bent Image Lab’s new director/partner Nando Costa. Just completed, the band’s new music video is a dark and expressive piece of film-making. Heavily rooted in live-action, the impressive six-minute video includes intense moments of stop motion, visual effects, and motion graphics techniques, all brought to life within the studio’s walls. The visuals follow an artist who enters his personal sanctuary where he is presented with a hand-crafted drawing tool that assists him in materializing his mental impressions. Through drawing circular patterns, the machine discharges an endless web of yarn that guides him through his visual representations of his memories. The story progresses to reveal that he is divided between two worlds, one of dull reality and the second of warped memories. In the process of finding a way out of his consciousness, he is trapped between the two competing spaces, which eventually inflict lethal damage, acting as metaphors to self-destruction. This lyrical and moving piece was conceived by Nando Costa working closely with lead singer/guitarist Isaac Brock to polish some of the film's intricacies. Featuring a seamless combination of live-action and stop motion that alternates between stage shots of Modest Mouse and a spiraling dream-like world of ever-shifting landscapes, Whale Song is a stunning representation of the combined capabilities of Nando and Bent. The variety and execution of the VFX portions of the video – from yarn reeling into complex patterns to a guitar that plays with no musician attached – strongly evoke the confused and surreal patterns of one's warped memories. Additional creative touches such as animated and intricate photographic collages and giant CG snails sliding across the band's stage – add variety and depth to the surreal world. “This new video is the perfect showcase for the benefits of the collaboration between myself and Bent,” noted Costa. “I typically wouldn't have created a film with this much live-action or stop motion, and Bent also wouldn't normally approach a project with such a strong motion graphics influence, which is what I have long specialized in. With such well integrated in-house teams, I can’t imagine that there’s a project out there that we couldn’t pull off.” One of the challenges in Whale Song was to recreate the contours of an ever changing, disorienting and intriguing series of landscapes. Costa shot the majority of the piece with Bent’s RED One cameras, which came in handy for their 4K capabilities when adding camera movement in post. In order to create the feeling that lead singer/guitarist Isaac Brock was being split up between two competing scenarios of pure reality and his imagination, for example, Costa mounted two of the RED cameras side by side on a custom plate, each with identical lenses set at an angle to simulate a stereoscopic effect. In another instance, band members that appeared to be standing on the ground were actually hoisted aloft and secured to a fake ground plane, which meant that the stage floor was perpendicular to the ground. This situation intentionally restrained their flexibility and shifted the gravity, adding oddness to their movements. Costa used a variety of frame rates, ranging from time-lapses at 6 frames per second, to 1000 fps shots from a Phantom camera to give the feeling of variety of speed in the character's memories. Blue screen stages were used extensively to place Isaac against the varying landscapes of mountains, dense forest valleys, and deserts. Bent's CG department was also responsible for creating significant portions of the video's landscapes and scenic elements. During production, Nando and his team relied solely on a very detailed script containing technical and creative notes, live-action and animation guidelines, with specifications for composting and stop motion, which were all previously defined and polished by the director. “From what I’ve learned, producing a project at Bent is a wonderfully self-contained experience,” noted Costa. “From building intricate props to figuring out complex CG shots, Bent has specialists in all fields. I’ll walk over to the stage for live-action, then back to compositing, load the footage and work from there. It makes the whole process immeasurably easier, and creatively freeing.” “Seeing this video makes me feel good about what we’ve done here at Bent”, stated Bent EP Ray Di Carlo”. We set out to establish a creative clubhouse atmosphere where talented people like Nando could come to work. I’ve always admired directors who can hold a project’s final vision in their minds eye and are able to let the talents around them do their respective jobs for a projects whose creative whole becomes more than the sum of it’s parts, and that defines Nando. Seeing Nando come in, suddenly doing things that he wasn’t used to doing, and still delivering at a high creative and technical level, means that David, Chel and I were able to create a place where everyone learns others’ disciplines. That’s rare. It’s what we set out to do – what we originally wanted -- but when you see it work, it’s amazing.” Concept: After entering his personal sanctuary, an artist is presented with a hand-crafted drawing tool that assists him in materializing his mental impressions. The machine discharges his thoughts as an endless web of yarn that guides him through his physical thoughts. The story progresses to reveal that he is divided between two worlds, one of dull reality and the second of warped memories. In the process of finding a way out of his consciousness, he is trapped between the two competing spaces, which eventually inflict lethal damage, acting as metaphors to self-destruction. Credit List: Music: Modest Mouse Animation Studio: Bent Image Lab Director: Nando Costa Executive Producer: Ray Di Carlo Senior Producer: Tsui Ling Toomer Producer: Kara Place Production Coordinator: Ryan Shanholtzer Director of Photography: Bryce Fortner Motion Control Operator: Jim Birkett Gaffer: Adam Burr, Jim Birkett Phantom HD Technician: Benji Brucker Production Assistants: Andrew Ellmaker, Charlie James, Esa Di Carlo, Morgan Hobart, Samuel Moyle Kinetic Sculptor: Ben Hopson Set Designers: Nando Costa, Solomon Burbridge Set & Prop Fabricators: Daniel Miller, Eric Urban, Greg Fosmire, Jamie Hanson, Jen Prokopowicz, Justin Warner, Kimi Kaplowitz, Marty Easterday, Sarah Hoopes, Solomon Burbridge, Art Department Coordinator: Evan Stewart Art Department Intern: Jessie Weitzel Carpenter: Drew Lytle Graphic Designer: Nando Costa 3D Lead: Fred Ruff 3D Artists: Eric Durante, Shirak Agresta 2D Animation & Compositing: Brian Kinkley, Brian Merrel, Jay Twenge, McKay Marshall, Nando Costa, Orland Nutt, Randy Wakerlin Rotoscoping: Ben Blankenship, Randy Wakerlin Compositing Intern: Dustin Dybevik Stop-Motion Animation: Jen Prokopowicz, Marty Easterday Still Photography: Jared Tarbell, Nando Costa Processing: Barbarian Group Behind The Scenes Photographer: Ben Blankenship Special Thanks to: Isaac Brock, Darrin Wiener, Linn Olofsdotter Links: Band's Website: http://www.modestmousemusic.com Band's Blog: http://www.modestmouse.com Band's MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/modestmouse Animation Studio: http://www.bentimagelab.com Record Label: http://www.epicrecords.com Contact Info: Animation Studio: (503) 228-6206 EP: rayd@bentimagelab.com Director: nandoc@bentimagelab.com Press: - Showcased at Seattle International Film Festival during "Bumbershoot" - Premiered on Pitchfork.com - Featured in Stash 61 - Selected for the 12th edition of THE NEMO FESTIVAL (France)

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    • "Whale Song" for Modest Mouse

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      In producing this ground breaking music video, the band Modest Mouse got the royal treatment from Bent Image Lab and director Nando Costa. A dark and expressive piece of filmmaking, this 6-minute video includes intense moments of live-action, stop motion, visual effects, and motion graphics techniques, all brought to life within the studio’s walls. Concept: After entering his personal sanctuary, an artist is presented with a hand-crafted drawing tool that assists him in materializing his mental impressions. The machine discharges his thoughts as an endless web of yarn that guides him through his physical thoughts. The story progresses to reveal that he is divided between two worlds, one of dull reality and the second of warped memories. In the process of finding a way out of his consciousness, he is trapped between the two competing spaces, which eventually inflict lethal damage, acting as metaphors to self-destruction. View Production Stills on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bentimagelab/sets/72157622256680339/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/bentimagelab/sets/72157619746721753/ This lyrical and moving piece was conceived by Nando Costa working closely with lead singer/guitarist Isaac Brock to polish some of the film's intricacies. Featuring a seamless combination of live-action and stop motion that alternates between stage shots of Modest Mouse and a spiraling dream-like world of ever-shifting landscapes, Whale Song is a stunning representation of the combined capabilities of Nando and Bent. The variety and execution of the VFX portions of the video – from yarn reeling into complex patterns to a guitar that plays with no musician attached – strongly evoke the confused and surreal patterns of one's warped memories. Additional creative touches such as animated and intricate photographic collages and giant CG snails sliding across the band's stage – add variety and depth to the surreal world. One of the challenges in Whale Song was to recreate the contours of an ever changing, disorienting and intriguing series of landscapes. Costa shot the majority of the piece with Bent’s RED cameras. In order to create the feeling that lead singer/guitarist Isaac Brock was being split up between two competing scenarios of pure reality and his imagination, for example, Costa mounted two of the RED cameras side by side on a custom plate, each with identical lenses set at an angle to simulate a stereoscopic effect. In another instance, band members that appeared to be standing on the ground were actually hoisted aloft and secured to a fake ground plane, which meant that the stage floor was perpendicular to the ground. This situation intentionally restrained their flexibility and shifted the gravity, adding oddness to their movements. Costa used a variety of frame rates, ranging from time-lapses at 6 frames per second, to 1000 fps shots from a Phantom camera to give the feeling of variety of speed in the character's memories. Blue screen stages were used extensively to place Isaac against the varying landscapes of mountains, dense forest valleys, and deserts. Bent's CG department was also responsible for creating significant portions of the video's landscapes and scenic elements. During production, Nando and his team relied solely on a very detailed script containing technical and creative notes, live-action and animation guidelines, with specifications for composting and stop motion, which were all previously defined and polished by the director. Credit List: Music: Modest Mouse Animation Studio: Bent Image Lab Director: Nando Costa Executive Producer: Ray Di Carlo Senior Producer: Tsui Ling Toomer Producer: Kara Place Production Coordinator: Ryan Shanholtzer Director of Photography: Bryce Fortner Motion Control Operator: Jim Birkett Gaffer: Adam Burr, Jim Birkett Phantom HD Technician: Benji Brucker Kinetic Sculptor: Ben Hopson Set Designers: Nando Costa, Solomon Burbridge Set & Prop Fabricators: Daniel Miller, Eric Urban, Greg Fosmire, Jamie Hanson, Jen Prokopowicz, Justin Warner, Kimi Kaplowitz, Marty Easterday, Sarah Hoopes, Solomon Burbridge, Art Department Coordinator: Evan Stewart Carpenter: Drew Lytle Graphic Designer: Nando Costa 3D Artists: Eric Durante, Shirak Agresta 2D Animation & Compositing: Brian Kinkley, Brian Merrel, Jay Twenge, McKay Marshall, Nando Costa, Orland Nutt, Randy Wakerlin Stop-Motion Animation: Jen Prokopowicz, Marty Easterday Still Photography: Jared Tarbell, Nando Costa Special Thanks to: Isaac Brock, Darrin Wiener, Linn Olofsdotter Links: Studio website: http://www.bentimagelab.com Band website: http://www.modestmousemusic.com Showcased at Seattle International Film Festival during "Bumbershoot", Premiered on Pitchfork.com, 12th edition of THE NEMO FESTIVAL (France)

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