David Knight - 1st May 2019

This wonderful video by Chris Ullens for country star Lee Ann Womack brings the story of a crumbling relationship to life in a way that's both familiar and new: stop motion animation meets live action to quite brilliant effect.

It's a couple - Lee Ann and her narcissistic boyfriend - on a road trip through iconic California, a series of motels and car journeys as he seeks fame and she provides selfless support. The brilliant conceit is that this believable world is created through a combination of puppets, miniature models and real locations, rear-projected and edited with a level of craft that blurs the lines between live action and animation.

Ullens has so much experience as a stop motion animator, and a storyteller and its really demonstrated here. It's one of the best things he's ever made. 

PRO Credits


DirectorChris Ullens
ProducerJade Bogue
Director of PhotographyJamie Durand
Art DirectorThe Joy Of Sets
EditorChris Ullens
ColouristJack McGinity
Grading companyCHEAT
VFXAaron Lampert
LabelAto Records
Other creditsModel Makers — Connor Chung, Areeya Bass, Kat Joseph 3D Technician For Models — Michal Bogusiak Projectors Provided By — Event Projection Time-lapse Processing By — Dan Lowe Studio Assistant — Caoimhin Coffey Studio Provided By — Scenic Sets Title Font By — Typesgal

David Knight - 1st May 2019

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