Modern Life

A stop-motion music video created with charcoal drawings and original music.

  • Project Type:
    Animation, Music Video
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 13, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Nikon digital still camera
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography

Lee Barber is a musician and painter living in Austin, Texas. He has released four albums of original songs. "Modern Life" is a track from his latest, The Missing Pages.

"A musician, sure, but Lee Barber makes clear with The Missing Pages that he's first and foremost an artist." The Austin Chronicle

"...exquisite touches of divine damage." Austin American-Statesman

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Director Statement

Drawing inspiration from a couple of specific encounters, I have begun work on an integrated and personal form of storytelling. On a visit to the Museum of the Moving Image (NYC), I became fascinated by an interactive exhibit that allows the viewer to choose different musical excerpts to accompany the same movie clip. The contrasting emotional effect invoked by each option was a revelation. Soon after, I discovered the animated films of William Kentridge and began to experiment with the interaction of songs and “drawings that move”.