04 Jan, 2018 Magic Video Unveiled
A little bit of background on the new #SimpleMinds ‘Magic’ video from director Esteban Diacono:
“The main inspiration came from a phrase that I like, “Smoke and Mirrors”. The source of the phrase is based on magicians’ illusions, where magicians make objects appear or disappear by extending or retracting mirrors amid a distracting burst of smoke. We wanted to show Magic in a more elemental way, playing with primordial elements like air and water.
The video clip is 100% 3D animated. We used motion capture to record several passes of the dancer interpreting the song in various ways. Once we got the performance, we then created the two main scenarios and the model for the character, along with the mask. The mask was an important element for us, since we wanted to have some sort of ageless, mysterious character as our lead.
The transformation of our character into smoke and water was the most complicated part, but at the same time the most fun one to make, trying to balance mesmerizing visuals and at the same time trying to retain as much of the dance was the challenge.”
Director / Animator: @EstebanDiaconoMotionGraphics
Producer: Abigail Kurejwowski
Dancer: Pablo Castronovo.
Motion Capture specialist: Mariano Mena from GetMotion.