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The Shins "Half a Million" - Short Film of the Day and Interview With Directors LAMAR+NIK

LAMAR+NIK – a USA-based directing duo – recently released a stop-motion/live-action hybrid music video for the song “Half a Million” by The Shins. I had the pleasure of interviewing the directors about this project.
This is the directors’ first stop motion project, and it’s an excellent debut at that. Until this project, the directors have primarily worked in live-action, directing music videos for music artists such as Deep Sea Diver and the Pixies as well as commercials for companies such as Adidas and KFC.
LAMAR+NIK’s most recent collaboration is with the Grammy-award nominated, Portland-based, indie rock band The Shins to create the music video for the band’s song “Half a Million.” The video follows the exploits of black-and-white sticker incarnations of each of the band members – brought to life with stop motion – as they perform “Half a Million” and interact with everyday objects, places and people in a live-action world. You can go watch the music video here.
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"Preetha's Poem" - Stop Motion Trailer For Nextflix's Documentary "Daughters of Destiny"

“I am who I am because of her,” – begins the narration of the short film Preetha's Poem – the trailer for the recently released, four-part Netflix documentary, Daughters of Destiny.

The New York Times describes the film as “a celebration of a pioneering school for the children of Dalits, members of the lowest group in the oppressive caste system that still shapes Indian society.”
“Preetha’s Poem” features a glimpse of this struggle as the author of the poem and one of the documentary’s protagonists, a girl named Preetha, describes the pain and struggle in and throughout her and her mother’s lives.
“I come from the dull brown of my mother’s eyes watching over me while my eyes see darkness, Her warmth throwing me back into reality.”
The stop motion visual accompaniment for the poem is just as eloquent and equally touching as the words themselves. It features the central characters in the poem – Preetha and her mother –  as well as several sets, all of which are beautifully crafted from p…