video premiere: Pure Bathing Culture – Dream the Dare
A beautiful and oddly moving hand-drawn 3-D stop motion animation video for one of our favorite songs from Portland duo Pure Bathing Culture's exquisite Moon Tides LP. Director Hayley Morris says of the vid:
During my initial conversation with Dan and Sarah, they were interested in crow/raven related imagery presented within themes of hope. Many mythologies depict the raven as the mediator between life and after-life, a traveler between worlds. Some cultures view the raven as a trickster, the creator of the world, a messenger, or the harbinger of good luck. My motivations were to employ this very loaded character as a muse - the creator and voyeur of my world(s). The bird operates as a gilded vessel of promise and adventure, the mystic with whom we fly.
"Dream the Dare" is a stop-motion animated video which is composed of stylized hand-made paper sculpted puppets and landscapes. I wanted to create a highly stylized world, which is a mixture of delicate organic and geometric shapes. The video was created all in camera and animated frame by frame with hand-drawn projected animations. I worked with Caleb Wood on some of the animations and I wanted these projections to further the life of the world, and to leave the viewer wondering whether the hypnotic patterns are of this world or how the Raven sees it.