Oren Lavie - 'Her Morning Elegance'
One of the great perks of my job is all the cool stop-motion I’ve been seeing. It’s a painstaking process, of course. You don’t often see it employed in major motion pictures - Coraline is a stop-motion movie, but that’s the first one in a long time. The same can’t be said of short films, though. Indie filmmakers seem drawn to both the challenges of stop-motion and the unique effect it has on characters and movement.
This is especially true for music video directors. Her Morning Elegance is the latest one I’ve seen, and it’s a terrific example of the craft. The song is by Oren Lavie, a recording artist, playwright and theatre director whose star has risen significantly because of this video. Some of you might recognize his voice from the film version of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, which featured the track "A Dance 'Round the Memory Tree."
Most of the video consists of overhead shots of a beautiful girl (Shir Shomron) sleeping on a bed. I think all of the visual elements are a physical manifestation of her dreams. Pillows slide across the sheets - at one point, she uses them like stepping stones. A pair of pants "walk" with her across the bed, and suddenly Lavie shows up beside her. One of the keys to this video is Shomron’s smile, which could just about light up the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Epic poems have been written about such smiles.
Lavie co-directed the video with Yuval and Merav Nathan, and they’ve made a simple little work of art that makes you feel warm all over.