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Today we have the honor to present to you yet another fantastic music video commissioned for Gotye’s album Making Mirrors.

This latest music video was directed by Ozanimate writer/independent animator- Benjamin Drake and ex People’s Republic of Animation, creative director – Eddie White. White will be well known to the Australian animation community for his work at The PRA (including The Cat Piano, Carnivore Reflux, and Sweet and Sour) but its likely that this will be the first time you would have seen something directed by Drake, who graduated from Queensland College of Art’s Animation Honors Programme in 2009.

While the clip was animated by Drake under very tight time restrictions, it still boasts fantastic draftsmanship and a narrative that unfolds expertly as the piece goes on. Aesthetically it has some beautiful references to classic anime films of the 80s as well as contemporary Korean cinema. While the clip would have stood alone as an homage to these forms, Drake and White have managed to insert some real cinematic insight into the mix, resulting in what I think is a beautifully tempered end product.

I really look forward to seeing where these two filmmakers are headed.

  • Hey! Amazing work, Ben! So far it seems that people really love this clip. Good stuff!

  • Matt

    Jaw on the fool work here Ben. I second everything Graham said above. Everyone is killing it with 2D work and that’s fantastic news! Look forward to the art & making of post on your blog.

  • Matt

    Jaw on the floor work here Ben. I second everything Graham said above. Everyone is killing it with 2D work and that’s fantastic news. Look forward to the art & making of post on your blog.

  • Pete

    Really great work. Love the interpretation of the song, dark and futuristic.

  • Michelle

    Ben, you’ve struck such a wonderful balance between the dominant vermillion?, the urgency of the song and movements, and the strength and appeal of your drawings, as I’m really pulled in by their facial expressions and by something in your drawing of their bodies and movements that somehow feels like you really care about these characters. I mean. (sorry this comment is sounding clunky), that you somehow engage a sort of respect for the characters from the viewer….It’s really an eye-opener to me. Fantastic influences, sure, but I’m impressed how you’ve made this your own…2D and awesome!

  • Hey Michelle. Thanks so much for the kind words, it gives me a real buzz to know you engaged with the characters. I really did care about ’em, haha, even if they’re pretty inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.

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