Last week, JD Eicher & the Goodnights released a video for their song “Easy.”
But making it was anything but easy.
The video, which uses labor-intensive stop-motion animation, was made by Westminster College students Joe Ligo and Andrea Tice.
The broadcast-communication majors shot about 1,000 photos to create about a minute’s-worth of animation for the video. In stop-motion, the props are moved ever-so-slightly through a series of photos. When played back rapidly, they appear to be moving. For an excellent example, see “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
In “Easy,” Ligo and Tice bring to life an origami dinosaur who moves about on a cluttered desk top.
The music video was an assignment in Prof. Brad Weaver’s video production class. Weaver wanted to do stop- motion, and using a song by Eicher & Co. was a natural choice. Eicher, as well as bandmates Ryan Kirk and Dan Prokop, are alumni of Westminster (Jim Merhaut is the fourth member of the quartet), and the band is popular on campus.
Ligo said he wanted to produce something that would help the band get more attention and exposure on the Internet.
With its retro look and old-school charm, the stop- motion animation in the video is in perfect juxtaposition to the song’s modern message. “Easy” is a lament about having too much to do and not enough time.
To see the video, go to Youtube.com/jdeicher.
“Easy” is from Eicher’s excellent 2011 album “Shifting.”
New talent in the spotlight Thursdays at Lemon Grove
The Thursday night music showcase for new musical talent continues at the Lemon Grove, 122 W. Federal St., downtown Youngstown.
LemonRock Thursdays, produced by Jaye Mills and Steffie Noling, began late last summer. It usually features at least three new bands or solo artists. The idea is to provide exposure and to help musicians discover the extent of their ability.
Shows begin around 9 p.m., and there is a $3 cover charge.