Nothing But Thieves are one of my newer clients and one of the most talented groups I have ever met. I have being doing a mixture of stills and video for them for a while now.
If you watched the above video and thought it was a little "odd" then I'm glad, as the process of making it was a little unusual. What you are seeing is a sequence of 120 still photographs that have being morphed into each other to create a surreal sense of motion.
The photos for this were not shot with this project in mind, but instead when I was editing the photos from the gig it occurred to me that the rapid fire sequence I had of photos felt much like a movie when I scrolled through them. With that in mind I imported the images into Final Cut Pro and used software that is normally used to create artificial slow motion video to create extra tween frames, many of them in fact to go between each picture. The result is that 85% of the footage in the above video is artificially generated frames, only 15% are actual stills. To create the final output, all the settings for creating the tween frames were pushed to their most liberal in order to exaggerate the effect.
I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out and when I showed it to my client, Nothing But Thieves, they loved it and it ended up being used for this tour promotion, and in some way it does convey some of the raw energy of this band performing. Check them out on Spotify here: