Hornet director Peter Sluszka utilizes a medley of visual techniques in his music video for the songÂ Better Energy by up-and-coming U.K. based band, Moones. Though their sound has been honed like a band with years of experience, Moones is relatively new to the scene. Better Energy is the unsigned band’s first music video and was premiered on Vice’s music channel, Noisey, over the weekend.
In the video, the band’s ship has been savagely abused by a giant seamonster. As the ship goes down, the boys are able to escape, but find themselves helplessly adrift on an iceberg in the Arctic sea. They set up shop and make the best of the situation by fashioning instruments from the ocean’s flotsam. Fortunately, their resourceful pet lynx is on hand to supply the band with nourishment pulled fresh from the sea.
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.