Australian dance-rock band, Cut Copy, has released its latest music video for their song ‘We Are Explorers”. In it they feature two human-like 3D printed characters that are about the size of a paper clip. They are walking around a city at night, looking for scraps such as cigarette butts, CDs, and bubble wrap to use in order to construct a sail boat, in hopes of going “exploring”.
“The idea started with ‘What if we 3-D printed a music video,'” co-director Aramique Krauthamer explained. “Both Masa [Kawamura] (co-director) and I have done different kinds of stop-motion, and we had been discussing the possibility of creating a narrative where every frame of movement was 3-D printed and shot in the street. When we heard ‘We Are Explorers,’ we immediately began imagining this story of tiny 3-D printed characters running through the streets of a major city on an epic journey.”
Approximately 200 different 3D printed figurines were used in the video, to show the characters in different positions. The running scenes alone required 8 different printed characters. While they appear to be printed on a glow-in-the-dark green filament, they were actually printed using a yellow, UV-reactive plastic. During the filming process, a black light was used in order to make them glow.
“We wanted it to be tactile; to feel like a real adventure,” said Masa Kawamura. “We felt we could accomplish this by creating a tangible character that we would shoot outside on location in every place. The scale of the real world was always very important to the story in order to show this feeling of being tiny in a huge, overwhelming world. We also wanted to take the idea of being explorers quite literally for our process, and throw ourselves into a new kind of filmmaking adventure.”
The band has also made all of the 3D designs for all the character poses available as part of a BitTorrent Bundle. Also available as part of the bundle is the music video, a storyboard, and more.
“Our goal with BitTorrent is to hand everything over to the public: our storyboards, stop-motion technical plans, and the 3D files for every figurine. We want to see what they do with it,” explained the band. “Even if people just print the eight figurines that make up the running sequence, there’s so much they can do and so many places the story can go.”
Surely this won’t be the last music video to feature 3D printed characters or items. What do you think about this video? Discuss at 3DPrintBoard.
You May Also Like
3D Systems Finalizes Sale of On-Demand Business, Will Operate as Quickparts
Pioneering additive manufacturing solutions provider 3D Systems finalized the $82 million deal for the sale of its on-demand 3D printing and custom manufacturing business. The rebranded company will operate as...
3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: September 19, 2021
We’ve got another busy week of webinars and events to tell you about! Topics in this week’s roundup run the gamut from 3D digital textures and FDM 3D printing potential...
3D Printing News Briefs, September 18, 2021: Business, Materials, & More
We’re filling up the front of today’s 3D Printing News Briefs with plenty of business, as one company celebrates an anniversary and two others welcome new executives to their ranks....
3D Printing Service Hubs Appoints New CEO, Alex Cappy
Changes are taking place at Hubs since it was acquired by manufacturing service provider Protolabs (Nasdaq: PRLB). Not only has the subsidiary removed the “3D” from its name, but it...
View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.