David Knight - 27th Oct 2008

Fleet Foxes are marvellous. They also have a very talented filmmaker to call upon close by for their visual expression: Sean Pecknold - brother of lead vocalist Robin Pecknold.

Sean (aka Grandchildren) is a designer and prolific filmmaker usually specialising in animation - and he created the lovely time-on-a-wheel claymation video for White Winter Hymnal a few months ago.

His new one for Fleet Foxes is live action, but a complete charmer too: the band perform the video to an attentive audience of goats. Yup, goats (courtesy of local outfit Rent-A-Ruminant).

The video on shot on Vashon Island, in Puget Sound, just south of Seattle. "We shot the video in a small rec hall on the island," Sean explains. "The usual site of the Vashon Island Extreme Ping Pong League, I kid you not. We had about eight hours to figure out how we were going to get human and animal to co-exist, and shoot it and then clean up.

"The goats were from the island and run a little landscaping business when not doing video shoots. They eat blackberry bushes for money, it's a pretty good gig for them. They were very friendly with everyone and Tammy their herder was so patient and nice. It was fun."

And check out Sean's extravagant use of slow dissolves. Now that's serious. And here's Sean's great hand-cranking time-travel video for White Winter Hymnal:

Credits

DirectorSean Pecknold
Director of PhotographyKyle Carver
1st ADNoel Paul
Art DirectorDana Thompson
GafferCollen Newberry
ColouristEric Rosen (FSFT)
SoundTristan Seniuk
ProducerGrandchildren
Production AssistantBrendan Nunn, Lanna Apisukh
EditorSean Pecknold[/pay]

David Knight - 27th Oct 2008

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