Amanda Palmer took to her Patreon to share the latest in a long line of projects — a new remix of the song “Pulp Fiction,” with Edward Ka-Spel, with a music video animated in eye-catching stop motion that was funded by over 11,000 patrons. As the music pulsates, the images flow and change in a collage of vibrant colors and shapes, a kaleidoscope of motion and sound.
David Mack is responsible for the artistic video, and revealed that Palmer gave him quite a few notes about its direction. “Amanda had given me a note of making this video darker than the last one we made together (Vincent Black Lightning) and she gave me a note of using water and liquids,” said Mack. “And I wanted to use very different materials and ambiance than the last video we made together as the personality of this song felt so different.”
In talking about his process, Mack described that he constructed a little theater of what would be in the frame of his camera, and then cut up photos of Palmer and Ka-Spel to use on the mini stage of 3D objects and paint.
“I painted layers on top of layers in between each click of the camera, and I learned a lot of how this works in the process and sometimes things took a turn in the way that the video and materials revealed how they wanted to morph next. It felt like it’s own magic trick, ” he said.
Mack endured a few emergency messes in the course of making the video (candles catching bins on fire, water overflowing out of his little makeshift theater and into his home), and while the video may be done and gone, remnants of his time creating it still remain.
Said Mack, “I cut up so many pieces of fabric and paper and cut up paintings for this, and I still find many of them in nooks on my desk and studio. As I am painting covers for Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, I sometimes notice a cut up shape that lived in this music video, and affix it to the cover painting I am working on, so there are curves, and gold, and pieces that live on from this video into some American Gods covers.”
Check out the video for “Pulp Fiction” below.
Photo credit: Raymond Flotat