Sparks - Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me) (official music video)

Sparks - Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me) (2017)

Ron & Russell find themselves in 1930s Paris in pursuit of something just beyond their grasp. Official music video for legendary American pop group Sparks made in six weeks.

'Incredible' billboard.com
'Sublime' Allocine.fr
'Beautiful' Animation World Network
'Aesthetically punchy, character-driven stop-mo' Animation Magazine
'Gorgeous' flaunt.com
'An absolute masterpiece' AEG Presents
'utterly charming' Promonews.tv
'Elegant' Under The Radar Mag
'Stunning' Skwigly Animation Magazine
'Perhaps Sparks' best video ever.' Ron and Russell Mael, Sparks
'Cinematic masterpiece' Sparks fan
'One of the most surreal and beautiful music videos I have ever seen' Sparks fan

MAKING OF: Coming soon

CREDITS

Song written, performed and produced by Ron and Russell Mael, Sparks

Direction, design, story, cinematography, edit
Joseph Wallace

Animation
Joseph Wallace, Roos Mattaar, Aiden Whittam

Puppets
Roos Mattaar, Joseph Wallace

Sets
Aiden Whittam, Katrina Hood, Heather Colbert, Joseph Wallace, Roos Mattaar, Mary Murphy

Retouching
Milán Kopasz

Producers
Carla Mooney, Delwyn Mooney

Production Company
Cardel

Thanks
Simon Tytherleigh, John Wright, UWE, Dik Downey, James Hadrill, Dean Sudron, Charlotte Dubery, Nigel Wallace, Alice Saey

© BMG Rights Management Ltd (UK) 2017

Comment by Simon Tytherleigh on September 12, 2017 at 4:17am

Wow! Look at those reviews! Well done, guys!

Comment by Hugo on September 12, 2017 at 4:29am

Really well done ! Nice sets, puppets, and animation !
I find the light to be sometimes a bit hard / too direct on the characters and reveal their scale. Other than that, it's great !

Comment by Adam Taylor on September 12, 2017 at 12:43pm

Fantastic!

Comment by Eric Scott on September 12, 2017 at 5:44pm
Well done!
Comment by Roos Mattaar on September 13, 2017 at 9:27am

Thank you all!
I was puppet maker and animator on this project, directed by Joseph Wallace.
Thank you for the feedback on the lighting Hugo. Partly this was a style choice from the director, as there was a deliberate 'rough and ready' look in the characters and sets. Keeping textures and materials visible and recognisable.
Partly though we had limitations in how we were lighting the scenes as we were shooting in a very small space! So we did in some cases play with bouncing lights off reflectors or using diffusion and nd filters, but the lights were often very close as we had no room to get anything further back.

Thanks Simon! We made use of Simon's brilliant homemade moco rig for the moving camera shots. :)
(Also a feature on the Dragonframe website blog! http://www.dragonframe.com/blog/sparks-edith-piaf-joseph-wallace/ )

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