The fun tone of the animation totally suits the music. How did the concept for the video come about?
I love Jason Webley’s (one half of Evelyn Evelyn) music. He and I talked about doing a video for years and it was never the right time or the right circumstances in our lives. Then one day he told me about the Evelyn Evelyn project he was doing with Amanda Palmer (of the Dresden Dolls) and asked me if I’d like to direct something for that. As a fan of both of them, I was thrilled.
Were there any different techniques that you considered before deciding on drawing on the steamed-up glass?
There was one other video idea I pitched for another song on the album that played with a different type of under-used animation (I’m being vague because it’s a technique I’d still like to use in the future!). But for the track Have You Seen My Sister Evelyn the concept was always drawing on frosted glass. It’s an idea that, while not simple to produce, is really simple in how it comes off and feels, and I love that about it – it’s simplicity.
Had you worked with the animator Adam Bolt before?
Adam Bolt and I met in college at the Art Center College of Design. We were the two guys who were into cartoons and horror films so we naturally gravitated to each other. He’s an amazing director in his own right. We have pretty different styles, but our brains have a sync that’s unusual and because we’re so close as friends we’re each a good second set of eyes on each other’s work. We’ve worked together before, but this was our closest collaboration.
We love the combination of live action and animation. How on earth did you achieve it? Can you talk us through the process please?
The girls were actually drawing, we found a way to guide their hands so they hit those drawing marks on their cues. No computers were involved in that.
Where are you currently based?
I live in Los Angeles, CA
Do you work independently or are you signed to a company?
I’m excited to say that I just signed with Partizan.
Director: Hoku Uchiyama
Producers: Erich Lochner, Matt Miller and Adam Bolt
Animator: Adam Bolt
Executive Producers: Jason Webley and Amanda Palmer
Director of Photography: Adam David Meltzer
Compositers: Travis Gorman & Michael Scott
Additional Composite work: Caleb Clark & Geronimo Moralez
Skeleton Dance Animator: Julian Birchman
Additional Animation by David Johnston
Character Design: Adam Bolt
Additional Character Design: Odessa Sawyer
Wardrobe Designer: Jessica Huang
Production Design: David Novak
1ST Assistant Camera: Louis Normandin
Gaffer/Dolly Grip: Rex Kinney
Sound Design: Mike Weinstein
VFX Consultants: Dan Blank & Arvin Bautista
Make-Up/Hair: Stephanie Bravo
Skeleton Dance Performed and Choreographed by Shaheed Qaasim & Joanna Meinl
Production Manager: Sky Prendergast
Cast: Lexi Ibrahim & Nikki Ibrahim
Special Thanks to: Melissa Malandrakis, Steven Ritz-Barr, Daniela Meltzer, Kent & Ruth Uchiyama, Mahea Uchiyama & Kevin Farey