The Better Energy band performance was shot over the course of three days at Hornet Workshop, Hornet’s shooting stage in Brooklyn. To give it a playful and witty feel, Sluszka incorporated a variety of visual elements including stop motion, pixilation, compositing, claymation, puppetry, all of which was intercut with live action. This mixture of practical, composited, and low-fi effects is what makes the video stand out. There are animated ghosts floating about the screen in conjunction with live action of the band performing; puppets, one of which being a taxidermy lynx, that are manipulated into life; stop motion sequences of incredibly realistic clay heads being blasted apart and reassembled; and an ocean scene shot in a pool and composited to appear as vast as the actual ocean.
Some scenes were elaborate to set up and had to be captured in one take. For instance, the puppet modeled after the shipwrecked captain was actually burned. The effigy, made from cardboard, wax and paper, took two weeks to fabricate and five minutes to destroy. Furthermore, the avalanche of snow was not an avalanche of computer effects; it was a cascade of thousands of packing peanuts and ping-pong balls released from traps hung from the ceiling.
Hornet is proud to have had the opportunity to create this music video for Moones. Moones is an incredibly promising band, whose musical style falls somewhere in between pop and rock. It is comprised of band members Ollie Kristian, Laurent Barnard,Â Tariq KhanÂ and Elliot Dunster. Each member brings his own distinct musical style. Ollie is the lead singer, lyricist and multi-instrumentalist. Laurent is the lead guitarist and also plays for Gallows, a UK based punk band that had been picked up by Warner Music Group. Tariq plays the keyboard and sings. Elliot plays bass.
Sluszka has honed hisÂ music videoÂ directing expertise through multiple projects including music videos for Regina Spektor’s latestÂ All the Rowboats, the Decemberists andÂ Bjork’sÂ Crystalline, among others.