This music video follows the conflict between different aspects of the same man, as he dances to escape all the different thoughts running through his mind.
Lead 2D Artist James Mac explains ‘The Hozier project was an amazing experience. Chris and Luke came in and we discussed the truly beautiful shots they had captured. What became apparent was their need for a little help on a few shots regarding layered performance. We were tasked with layering the many personality driven iterations of Sergei Polunin through his performance. Chris and Luke’s previous experience with motion control shone through in the accuracy.
The subtleties of the light and the way it played across both the set surfaces and Sergei was the most challenging task. While it is fairly common place to simply layer VFX plates together these days, the team took it to a new level. This is particularly evident on the 51 second shot, with accuracy and deft touch regarding light interplay, reflections and shadow between the six Sergeis. Additionally, the team made eye replacements, tattoo additions, 3D reconstructed set cleanup and atmospheric enhancements, all of which presented new challenges.
It was an amazing project to be asked to be part of the collaboration and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole process’