David Knight - 4th Sept 2009

After the extraordinary and wonderful work of his Aniboom-winner for Radiohead's Weird Fishes and Efterklang's Illuminant, comes the latest unmistakeable video from Tobias Stretch.

It's another tour de force, and this time Tobias has brought his puppet creations - including the tiger and the baby in the butterfly-strewn teddy outfit - to the big city for Matthias Sturm's Blood And Thunder. Where, it turns out, he discovered a whole new group of interesting animal life - as he explains below.

And Tobias is working hard on some new material, and he says, "New puppets are looking nuts!"

Tobias Stretch on making the video for Matthias Sturm's Blood And Thunder

"The video was shot in North Philly in an abandoned parking lot that had been grown over by persistent urban plant life. We had to sneak all the puppets and gear through a hole in the fence and had a drunk guy across the street keep an eye out for us.

"The night scenes were fun to shoot because while laying on the ground to do low angle shots I could feel all kinds of bugs crawling up my clothes, and when you moved around you could see giant ghetto cockroaches go scurrying into the foliage.

"I've shot mostly in the countryside with the rabbits and crickets nearby so it was interesting to shoot in the city with the rats and roaches as your nature buddies. Some people on the block said there was a giant raccoon that lived in the lot but we never saw him."


DirectorTobias Stretch

David Knight - 4th Sept 2009

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