Josh Ritter is one of my favourite singer-songwriters. I was lucky to see him perform in Nelson, BC at a small club when I first arrived here in 2010. His performances (you can see this in his live videos, like the one at the bottom of this post) are always full of love and energy. He is a man who clearly has a passion for what he is doing, and it’s infectious.
The above video from his new single “Love Is Making Its Way Back Home” was, according to etsy.com, produced using stop-motion animation and 12,000 sheets of construction paper, with no post-production effects.
A team of nearly twenty artists, editors, directors and product assistants ushered the video into being. The group started with storyboarding and computer animation before converting the digital graphics to paper cutouts (frame by frame), photographing those 12,000 cutouts and then stitching them together into four minutes of paper animation.
Yes, I do have a man-crush on Josh Ritter (don’t be jealous Michael Franti, you too).