Sean's clip for Chains, Chains, Chains is mysterious and subtly beautiful, set in a cave-world apparently submerged, but where birds fly around disturbing smoke. It was created with miniature …
Fleet Foxes’ He Doesn’t Know Why by Sean Pecknold
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:
|Director of Photography||Kyle Carver|
|1st AD||Noel Paul|
|Art Director||Dana Thompson|
|Colourist||Eric Rosen (FSFT)|
|Production Assistant||Brendan Nunn, Lanna Apisukh|
Sean creates a riot of stop frame object-expressionism around a chap in a fencing mask - including layering imagery in intense double exposures. Lovely.
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