“Brats” By Ian Cheng

Ian Cheng‘s expressive use of motion capture was featured on Cartoon Brew last year. His new music video for Liars’ “Brats” is a hunter versus rabbit scenario with an untamed kinetic energy that threatens to burst out of every side of the frame. Cheng says of his first commissioned piece:

For “Brats”, I used a familiar animated narrative– hapless hunter vs. terroristic rabbit– as a format to grow a garden of signature motions. This collection of motions becomes material to recompose a new non-narrative choreography that animates the bodies of Liars. The Brats video documents this entropic haunting– from the ingredients of familiar meaning arises the terror of reckless non-meaning. A dog wanders indifferently through the animation, true to its nature.

CREDITS
Director: Ian Cheng
Choreographer: Madeline Hollander
Producer: Christian de Vietri
Performers: David Yijae, Max van der Sterre, Ade Chike Torbert
Assistant animation: mike liu
Motion capture services: Motion Capture NYC, Steve Day, Henry Brito
Thanks: Patrick Daughters, Micaela Durand, Zelda Roland, Rachel Rose


  • http://saturnome.blogspot.com/ Saturnome

    That’s amazing. Now I want to do computer animation again. I had so much fun breaking the rules.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/drexelboi1991?feature=mhee tedzey

    Well, that was the most disturbing Bugs Bunny short I have seen!

  • D

    It was unique I’ll give it that. I liked that the style fit the song but there were moments where i didn’t know what the hell was going on. Thank you Amid for including Cheng’s creative brief on the piece or else I would have been in the dark through most of it, overall a neat piece of experimental animation or should I say experimental motion capture.

  • Carolyn Bates

    Wow, that woke me up! Go Madeline!

  • http://Goforit IAmSamJackson

    What the duece was that?

    Ummm err…reminds me of M Dot Strange’s stuff. He has that creepy vibe like this.

  • http://zeteos.blogspot.com/ mick

    I used a familiar animated narrative– hapless hunter vs. terroristic rabbit– as a format to grow a garden of signature motions. This collection of motions becomes material to recompose a new non-narrative choreography that animates the bodies of Liars. The Brats video documents this entropic haunting– from the ingredients of familiar meaning arises the terror of reckless non-meaning. A dog wanders indifferently through the animation, true to its nature.

    anyone else feel a bit, you know, a bit like Ian is pulling our leg?

  • http://909pop.com Mike S

    Nice. Like, a nightmare.

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com Frank Panucci

    Reminds me of some of the work at Gallerie Abominate.
    But since it’s on purpose, it’s okay.
    http://www.jackals-forge.com/abom.html