The Clip Club

Primary after-school club in East London, UK – we watch, talk about, shoot and edit short films and clips

Session 8: Sledgehammer & Shine music videos

It’s funny but Mr. P and I both had the same idea to show everyone Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer video from 1986… one of the first to use animation (stop motion and pixilation) in a music video. It won lots of awards at the time. Apparently, Peter Gabriel lay under a sheet of glass for 16 hours while filming the video one frame at a time. Also, it turns out that Aardman Animation were involved in the parts that used plasticine and Nick Park did the bit with the dancing raw chickens! We also noticed how there was a mixture of live action and digital animation. Parts of the video reminded us of things we’ve seen over the past few weeks: the train going round his head was like the plane passing through the man’s head in the flip books we played with.

The other video below – Shine by The Dirty Heads – was suggestd by Mr P. as it includes quite a lot of stop motion clay animation and human forms/heads mouthing the lyrics to the song. All this is great inspiration for our final films, where we are trying to superimpose sounds, our photos, images and animated movies onto each other using a mixture of green screen and the cutaway functions in iMovie, as well as live action ‘sleeping’… to create the impression of a dream. See another animation towards the bottom of this page with balls of clay, that was made last week in Session 7 using I Can Animate, which will also be incorporated into the final pieces.

After watching these music videos and discussing the effects, 2 groups started playing around with all our documented digital stuff from the last few weeks – using the editing/recording/mixing/superimposing/audio functions in iMovie. Things are shaping up to produce a couple of animations that represent all the processes and activities we’ve experienced throughout Arts Award in Clip Club, in the form of mashed up moving image dream. The final movie below is one of the early edits from Session 8.

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