Brooklyn indie-pop outfit Lucius released a surreal video for “Gone Insane,” off their latest LP, Good Grief that uses stop-motion graphics, facial contortions and a creepy mannequin that emphasize the abstractions of the song.
Directed by Nathan Johnson, the video is made of over 3,000 still images and finds singer-songwriter Jess Wolfe singing in front of a camera while a pair of hands distort the features of her face. The concept of distortion was inspired by a dream, Wolfe said. Her bandmate Holly Laessig helped flesh out the video’s psycho-thriller ending, when it’s revealed that the hands belong to a mannequin dressed just like Wolfe.
Production lasted longer than a month, including four days in front of the stop-motion camera rig and 20 hours in a makeup chair for the bandmates. All the strange, striking facial contortions were sculpted by special effects makeup artist Jim Ojala.