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Do Return

This stop-motion animation was made with cut paper and stained glass art by Grace Park, lead singer of Austin band The Deer. It is her first full video project, and it took around 2 months to make. Mirroring the lyrics she wrote, it depicts the uprising of nature to the demise of human cityscapes. Influenced heavily by psychedelia and post-apocalyptic sci-fi, "Do Return" contains eerie visions of an abstract and uncertain future for earthlings.

  • Grace Park
  • Grace Park
  • Grace Park
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Music Video
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Psychedelic, Stop-Motion Animation
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 23, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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    Canon Rebel DSLR
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Director Biography - Grace Park

Grace is an artist & musician from Central Texas. She works in cut paper and stained glass, and fronts Austin alt-folk band The Deer. An avid graphic designer, she makes album covers and visual media for many bands, including her own. This has included a stop-motion video in 2015 for their song "Do Return", her first full animation using cut paper and stained glass artwork. Using minimal digital enhancement, the video depicts paper cityscapes being overgrown and demolished by natural forces, along with puppets and backlit animated stained glass panels. She lives in San Marcos, Texas where she makes art, and tours the rest of the year with her band.

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Director Statement

"Do Return" was an exercise in patience and vision. I had made one small animated loop from cut paper before, but this video was a test of my skills and wherewithal. It took me about two months working on my own in my studio, with over-the-phone guidance of veteran filmmaker Laura Goldhamer as my consult. I created all the puppets and scenery from scratch, and shot and edited everything myself. I'm very proud of what came out, and I look forward to jumping into another animation soon, hopefully with a large team of experts.