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Published on Apr 4, 2011
Beyond The Labyrinth - Oceans Apart from the "Chapter III - Stories" album
Synopsis: Boy Meets Girl - But how deep is the water? For a special song, Beyond The Labyrinth (BTL) dreamed up a special approach... When trying to visualize 'Oceans Apart', a powerful classic rock ballad, it quickly became obvious that the storyline was right there, in the lyrics of the song. Working out the storyboard for the video clip, it started to lead a life on its own. So, instead of preparing to put it on video, the storyboard was laid out in a comic book format.
The A-HA experience? And that's where people say, 'Aha, like in the A-Ha video clip?' The answer being, "No, not really, actually more like in the PRINCE - 'Sign O' The Times' video." But please read on...
Most images used in the comic book are based on pictures by (BTL singer) Jo De Boeck, an accomplished photographer. After the layout of the book was ready, 2 things happened:
- The comic book was sent of to the printer to be printed in 2 copies (1 original, 1 backup copy) to be used in a live action shot.
- The images, text bubbles etc were exported to separate files for the compositing in Final Cut.
The action (person reading comic book) happens in real time underneath the text bubbles, it was artificially aged with a special "old movie" filter to give an effect of timelessness, as timeless as the song's subject and the music. On top of that, straight from the computer's hard disk; came the separate comic strips, treated with a soft focus filter for that "dreamy" effect.
The result is a great looking, original video clip with appeal to a large audience.