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.
Elvis Perkins in Dearland’s Chains, Chains, Chains by Sean Pecknold
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 models and sculptures, stop motion and in-camera effects, with the band captured enigmatically in silhouette. And there was indeed fire and water.
"We built the miniature set, lit it on fire and flooded it in a giant fish tank," Sean explains. "Elvis and the band were shot in New York, and then projected into the mouth of the lion statue with a tiny projector. Mike [Ragen] shot the miniatures with the Red camera, and stop-motion was done using a dSLR. It took about 4 weeks to complete the video."
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Sean creates a riot of stop frame object-expressionism around a chap in a fencing mask - including layering imagery in intense double exposures. Lovely.
Sean Pecknold is a director who makes distinctive work whether he's working in two-dimensional graphics or live action, involving real people and props. Here he combines both.
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