her morning elegance.
I’ve posted this on Facebook as well, but in case you miss it, you absolutely must check out this music video. Comprised of 2,096 still frames shot in only two days.
Taken from PDN’s article Her Morning Video: A Surprise Sensation (April 2010), where I read about it:
Made up of 2,096 still images shot in just two days in photographer Eyal Landesman’s Tel Aviv studio, the stop-motion music video for Oren Lavie’s song “Her Morning Elegance” has been viewed over 10.5 million times on YouTube. It’s also been shown at film festivals in Europe and America, and been featured in media from Yahoo Headline News to Jimmy Kimmel Live. The whimsical video, directed by Lavie and animators Yuval and Meirav Natan, shows a woman waking up and then walking to work, riding a train, flying and swimming—all without leaving her bed.
Landesman, a photographer known for his dance and theater photos, began working on the project in January 2009 when he was contacted by the directors, who thought his experience documenting choreographed movement and his work on commercials made him well suited to shooting stop motion. Landesman proposed shooting the stills in his studio for maximum control on a minimal budget. The team created a simple bedroom set and got friends to move in a mattress. They created a rig to hang Landesman’s Canon 5D over the bed to shoot the stills from above, and then tethered it to a laptop on the floor. Landesman chose to use flicker-free tungsten lighting to keep the lighting consistent in all the frames.
“We did a lot of tests.” Landesman says. In shooting stop motion, “You must know in advance how many frames each movement, step or jump will take.”
The directors had spent weeks storyboarding the video on the computer using 3-D modeling and an animation program. When it came to the shoot, however, they had their model for only two days. “We knew the video would take more than 2,000 frames. We realized that with 48 hours for shooting we [had] only two minutes for each frame,” says the photographer. That meant they had to rush to move the bed sheets that made up the backdrops and rearrange the props between each shot.
The schedule allowed the model, actress Shir Shomron, time get up and stretch “and a small break for sleeping,” says Landesman. “After 15 minutes with her leg in one position, she [got] a lot of pain.” Luckily Shomron practices yoga, so she could hold a position for five minutes. But given the importance of maintaining continuity, the photographer says, “Every time she got up from the bed, we had to figure out where she was on the bed and then she had to return to the same place.”