During one week of summer 2008, I worked in pitch black with two of the most talented people I know. I was approached by Eve Duhamel and Julien Vallee to work on the photography for this videoclip proposition they co-directed for Swedish band Zeitgheist. The concept was pretty intense as we buit a whole set to setup paper sculptures on rotating platforms, then project an animation sequence synchronized with the song while performing camera movements. Every single click needed to be accounted for in order for us to keep the sync! By far one of the most challenging stop motion sequence I had ever worked on! Along the way, the difficulty level went up as I decided to switch lights in order to mask off the white paper sculpture so it would turn to black to allow the projections to shine.
Every single obturation, Julien and Eve would rotate the sculpture as I would operate the dolly, adjust focus, play one frame of the projection and trigger the camera from the computer. Every click took about 30 seconds to setup, so you can imagine how long we worked on the whole scene, working in pitch black during daytime! The windows were covered with black paper, which transformed my previous studio into a small oven!
This was such a great experience, working along two artists whose work I admire. But also being part of the team, adding to their creativity by playing with light.