Australian musician Nic Danta proves that you don’t need a lot to make a great music video. Sometimes all you need is a strong support system, as well as hundreds of man-hours.
For his single At the Very Centre, Danta recruited his family to help him produce a simple yet memorable music video. Working in the lounge room of Dorisville in Katoomba and at MonoNest studio on the south coast of NSW, he and his crew took five to six thousand photos to make a stop-motion video.
We interviewed Nic about it all.
“The stage is the keyboard of a pianola, with the pianola mechanism removed. The sets were created using the paper from some pianola rolls, which proved to be a versatile material. It gives a Japanese aesthetic at the start of the video and we were able to make it look like skyscrapers and a starry night sky.”
He further elaborated the challenges they encountered, likening the experience to constantly problem-solving from one scene to the next.
“In the scene where the forest grows, we started out with the forest fully grown and then gradually trimmed the plants for each subsequent photo to give the illusion that it was disappearing. When played in reverse it gives the impression that the forest appears from nowhere.
“I was thinking about the forest that grows in Max’s bedroom in Where the Wild Things Are when I created that scene.
“In the scene where the character disappears in a puff of smoke, I was blowing cigar smoke across the stage as my son was snapping the pictures! Fortunately, the scene didn’t take too long to film!
“Another challenge was syncing the motion to the music and we had to play with the speed of the frames to achieve the result. My son Jude took charge of the editing to make sure it all lined up.”
At the Very Centre is part of Danta’s new album Greetings from Dorisville, which you can download on Bandcamp.