Pick Me Up
Music Video, 2014
Pick Me Up speaks to those emerging from a past relationship, looking to the world for change.
Last August, I worked with Bostonian musicians, Air Traffic Controller, to make a music video for their new album. In Pick Me Up, I investigate themes of luck and sadness. For a subject, I chose pennies because of their role in American culture and the nostalgic quality they evoke.
Pennies are "lucky" when found facing up. Since making the video, many people have told me about their own experiences with this tradition. Using an established symbol in the story helped make the video more relatable.
The film uses video and animation to juxtapose two worlds. Hand-held video distinguishes shots of public places, while the animated scenes make up a narrated, inner life. The penny contains the character as internal dialogs absorb the lyricist. I modeled "Faunzie" after Pan, the musical satyr of ancient Greece.
Multi-plane animation is a technique that uses layers of glass to achieve a sense of depth. All the copper artwork, including the puppet, was created by or with assistance from Copperista, also known as Amy Volchok. The video effects were directed by Jak Ritger.
See the making of the film below.