Camphor | Friendly Fire Recordings
I’m currently working on an animated music video for the track “The Sweetest Tooth” taken from the album “Drawn to Dust” by New York based indie band Camphor. The group is based around the songwriting of Max Avery Lichtenstein. If Max’s name rings a bell, you may recognize him from his unconventional instrumental music for critically-acclaimed independent movies including Tarnation (written and directed by Jonathan Caouette. Exec. Producer, Gus Van Sant) Jesus’ Son (starring Billy Crudup and Samantha Morton) and The King (starring Gael García Bernal) Max also wrote the score for “The Winged Man’ written by Academy Award Nominee José Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries)
The narrative for the animation takes place during the 1930′s American Depression in a dust bowl settlement. It deals with themes of consumerism and greed amongst desperate poverty. The style of the animation mixes CG with a stop motion feel and an assortment of steam punk-esque gadgetry. The music video is scheduled for completion in the next couple of months.
Below is a test animation from pre-production.