The new Son Lux video for their song “Change Is Everything” is an amazing work of art. Created by producer Nathan Johnson of The Made Shop, who used such items as map pins, foam board, and rubberized thread to create the stop-motion animated images featured in the video. Johnson described the painstaking and somewhat dangerous process of making the video in an interview with NPR.
The first day we knocked out 535 frames (out of roughly 4,000)…By day three, the pads of my fingers were so raw that it hurt to move a pin. I didn’t know how I’d be able to keep going, but my wife, Katie found some rubber finger tips at Staples that helped dull the pain (though it also decreased our precision). We also didn’t realize that the surface of the foam core board would be blown out by day four. We got to the point where the board was so pockmarked that the pins would randomly shoot out and fly across the studio every couple frames. After that, we stocked up on a few more boards and started wearing safety goggles.