Her Morning Elegance

Those of you reckless (or charitable) enough to check out my semi-regular Friday YouTube surfing will know by now that I have developed a fascination bordering on obsession when it comes to stop-motion short films. At root, I think my fascination stems from the fact that I have never had much patience, and the amount of patience on display in these little stop-motion gems is titanic. (And yet, there are folks out there with even more absurd levels of patience — though patience may not be the first descriptor that springs to mind when watching that MoMA “exhibit.”)

Today’s stop-motion feature is called “Her Morning Elegance;” a clever music video created for an Oren Lavie song of the same name:

I was particularly taken by the way the film uses ordinary bedclothes and pieces of clothing to create its outdoor objects. Very clever stuff. (Also, I’m beginning to notice that many of these clips have very similar-sounding music. There must be some connection between a “bouncy” musical score and the stop-motion elements and principles themselves. I must think further on this…)

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Joseph Susanka has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since his graduation from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. Currently residing in Lander, Wyoming -- "where Stetsons meet Birkenstocks" -- he is a columnist for Crisis Magazine and the Patheos Catholic portal.

  • Blake

    I’ve had this video on my iphone for some time. Awesome video. It’s actually a great song apart from the video, too.

    If you like this, check out Coldplay’s video for Strawberry Swing. They made two version, I think; it’s the one with Chris Martin (the lead singer) as Superman

  • Joseph Susanka

    If you like this, check out Coldplay’s video for Strawberry Swing. They made two version, I think; it’s the one with Chris Martin (the lead singer) as Superman

    Is this the one you’re talking about, Blake?

    http://bit.ly/4sPoKO

    That’s a lot of fun, too. Love the chalk-work. Thanks for the suggestion! (What’s with the evil squirrel, though? Weird.)

    It feels sort of like a cross between “Her Morning Elegance” and the original music video for Gary Jules’ Mad World, directed by Michel Gondry:

    http://bit.ly/WMud

  • Peter Freeman

    I hope this doesn’t make me sound less sophisticated, but I can’t help but think this video needs to be parodied using Super Mario Bros. Perhaps it was the part where she is hopping along blocks that makes me think this.

  • Joseph Susanka

    I hope this doesn’t make me sound less sophisticated, but I can’t help but think this video needs to be parodied using Super Mario Bros. Perhaps it was the part where she is hopping along blocks that makes me think this.

    I can see the similarity…I think it’s at least partially connected to the music, as well. Mario Brothers always seemed “bouncy” to me: http://bit.ly/4fFfvb

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