Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Jason Willis' Spooky Videos Continue to Blow My Mind

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Local music fans might remember Jason Willis from his time in such late, lamented bands as The Weird Lovemakers and The Knockout Pills.

But lately he's been getting loads of Internet love for his brilliant short film Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?, a spot-on parody of "classroom drug educational film(s)" that was selected to screen at the American Film Institute's AFI Fest, which takes place from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8, in Los Angeles.

The video above is his latest creation, a stop-motion music video (his first attempt!) for the song "Can't Play Dead" by British rockers The Heavy.

According to a post on Entertainment Weekly's Music Mix blog, which premiered the video yesterday, the band commissioned the video after coming across a video he made last year for the classic song "Halloween" by Kay Lande Selmer and Wade Denning:

”This video is really all about the genius and dedication of animator Jason Willis from Arizona,” guitarist Dan Taylor says. “We stumbled across a beautiful film of his called 'Halloween on YouTube' made on his iPhone and immediately fell in love. We just had to track him down.”

Yes, you read that correctly. He made the thing on his iPhone. Prepare to have your mind further blown.

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