Dead Snares Release Mini Film

12/10/2010
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Dead Snares front man and creator Jeffrey Cain has teamed up with video director and stop-motion animator Tobias Stretch to create a mini-film for "The Language," the first track from the Dead Snares debut CD Speak The Language.

Jeffrey Cain came across a Tobias Stretch film on the web last year and immediately felt compelled to reach out to Stretch to express how much he loved his work. The two began to exchange emails with Tobias sending updates on the new videos he was working on. Jeffrey was inspired. "Some nights I would run his videos on the screens in my studio and write music while watching them. It always seemed to be a beautiful fit. He is so detailed, but everything he does is raw and heartfelt." Jeffrey sent Tobias his finished Dead Snares music and the collaboration began.

Stretch chose the first track on the new Dead Snares album "The Language" for his latest artistic vision. Beginning in August of this year, two months were devoted solely to design and puppet construction, with two additional months spent shooting the mini-film which is composed of half live action puppetry and half stop motion animation. The film tells a powerfully transcendent tale of love (represented by two life size humanoid puppets) that becomes threatened by a force of darkness (represented in the form of a 9 foot tall abstracted Jabberwocky head). The power of that magical love is used to fend off the force of darkness and carry the lovers to another level of existence towards beauty, peace and transcendence.

While making the video, the theme of loss and grief in one's life resonated for both artists. Jeffrey explains "Tobias and I see this video as a monument to those who have suffered and lost and especially for those who we lost too soon. Losing Gregory Slay (drummer for Dead Snares & Remy Zero) this year has been the hardest thing I've ever been through. Tobias also suffered deep loss during the making of 'The Language.' This work has helped us heal and reminds us of why we create. Art is our therapy."

An epic work of puppetry and stop motion, the video can be viewed here

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