Music video for Max Cooper’s “Order from Chaos” (from the album Emergence) directed by Maxime Causeret.
The video is described by Cooper as “a beautiful humanized exploration of life and emergence.” Says the director Causeret:
I firstly made a lot of small experiments with dynamic systems around my main idea of living micro organism. It was hard to then put everything together. It was now time to experiment with editing. I also ask for opinions, ideas and tests of few friends, specially Leslie Murard. Then I just had to do the real shots from my experiments.
In terms of tools, I work with Houdini. It’s a software which gives you a lot of freedom. You can easily customize tools or build your own tools. It’s famous for vfx but you have the same freedom with modelling or animation tools for cheap when you’re a freelancer. I always start with few sketches on paper for ideas. I also search for reference drawings/photos/paintings. In Houdini I try to setup something fast to Cook or at least fast to preview in order to animate the shots in good conditions.
The major challenge was to put everything together. There’s nothing very hard, but it’s never easy to get something that “works” so it needed time to adjust things. This production was made this summer on 4 months, but not [working] full time. I also had a few other projects.
Here are more thoughts from Max Cooper on the ideas behind the sound and visuals: