WATCH THE MAKING OF RADKEY’s INCREDIBLE
‘GLORE’ CLAYMATION VIDEO
Imagine moulding 435 bars of different coloured clay for an entire 10 weeks, sculpting hundreds of tiny objects and moving cameras for 10 -12 hours a day to make the most psychedelic, face-melting claymation music video to be released this year. The final cut of Radkey’s incredible ‘Glore’ video is one you will never forget and today you can go behind the scenes to see how it was put together.
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The extraordinary mission that director Nicos Livesey and his crew at Blinkink set out to achieve tested their patience, pushed their creativity to maximum levels and was executed with the most incredible results.
“Strapping Go-Pro’s to our lead animators head, rigging up the model making studio like Big Brother and time-lapsing the weirdness of our UV stop motion dungeon, we wanted to give an insight into the sheer amount of work Glore took to make,” explains Nicos. “People may not realise it, but pretty much the entire video is made fully in camera. We wanted to stay true to what claymation really used to be like and we wanted to stay out of the computers as much as we could. This meant a hell of a lot of work and a whole heap of super skilled model makers, stop motion animators, a badass D.O.P and the love of London’s home of stop frame animation, Clapham Road Studios.
Radkey were on a three month tour of America and Europe whilst the video come to fruition, watching from updates over the web in awe of the mission before the final mesmerizing, explosive and colourful journey was aired on Channel 4’s Random Acts show.
“This video is one of the coolest things that we’ve ever been a part of”, says Radkey’s bassist Isaiah. ”We were really stoked to work with our buddy Nicos on something really cool and super violent. He asked us for a huge list of things that we loved and hated. Things like foods, characters, shows and we even got really specific with something like data corruption. Everything’s in there. It’s the ultimate claymation. And Jar-Jar gets his face punched off!”
The art of stop motion may have been in practice for over 100 years now and although today’s technology may be state of the art, the process still holds the basic principles of shooting the subject frame by frame. You may have to wait another century to find another rock ‘n roll video this exhilarating.
The Glore video will be shown at the Bug Festival hosted by Adam Buxton at the BFI, Southbank between 4th and 11th December. Info here.
Radkey’s debut album Dark Black Makeup is out now on Little Man Records available from: http://smarturl.it/RadkeyiTunes.
Dee Radke – guitar/vocals
Isaiah Radke – bass/vocals
Solomon Radke – drums
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