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Stop Motion Music Video Using 4000+ Portraits

By Hanssie on October 14th 2013

paperkites01Looking for a way to adequately portray the themes of individuality and conformity in their new song, “Young,” Australian band, The Paper Kites, tasked Darcy Prendergast of the Melbourne-based production company, Oh Yeah Wow, to communicate their concept.

With only a few days to photograph 350 people resulting in thousands of portraits, Oh Yeah Wow created a stop motion music video.

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Photographer Oli Sansom was enlisted to pose each of the 350 extras at ten minutes each without moving anything but their mouths.

“We were aligning them with several registration points on screen, various markers for eyes and nose, so getting people in the right spot took quite a bit of work and time.

“We gave instructions like ‘chin up a little, turn your head to your right a millimeter, now sway your body a fraction to your left’ and hoped that people could comprehend. Our faithful subjects were actually a lot more amazing at it than I anticipated. They made our job easy!”

A post production team of four editors worked to assimilate all 4000+ photographs to fit in the lyrics in just 10 days. It was the Vimeo Staff Pick of the week. Watch this fun (albeit a little dizzying) and impressive video below:

The Paper Kites: Young from Oh Yeah Wow on Vimeo.

(via @My Modern Met)

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Joseph Prusa

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