The Rose

Music video for singer /songwriter Michaela Betts. Created by three women only. The Animation is based on video of the singer and dancer. Created in Australia by one woman using Warpfusion and editing software, after initial real performance.

  • hilary Campilan
    Missy Higgins-Edge of Something
  • Michaela Betts
  • Michaela Betts
    Key Cast
  • Chrissy Brook
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Music Video
  • Genres:
    folk, AI, Female
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 13, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    800 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia, United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    shot on phone, then animated AI
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Director Biography - hilary Campilan

Hilary Campilan is an Australian content director, exploring experimental forms of AI animation and stills. She is a senior creative at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and the former head of design at MTV Australia. Her background is in directing, editing, 2d and 3d animation.
Her passion is collaborating with dancers or musicians, to make short music videos, using AI as part of the creative process.

AI projects on Instagram: @bunty_ai.
Past Credit: Missy Higgins music video – Edge of Something

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Director Statement

Michaela Betts wrote her song about an incident as a child. A time of lost innocence and unwanted attention. Through the use of AI animation, I wanted to portray these feelings, of unwanted darkness. The Rose music video was created in steps, by three women only. In the UK, Michaela and Chrissy filmed themselves dancing and singing in studio, on a phone. Chrissy designed choreography to fit the emotional power of the song.
The footage was sent to Australia and edited to the music, by me. I then used an AI program called Warpfusion, to convert the footage piece by piece, to animation. This was a lengthy process, that required many iterations and late-night renders, to establish a consistent style. I tried many types of AI Software, but warp gave the best creepy, morphing results. Inspired by the lyrics, I wanted to show a loss of innocence in the young figures and the encroaching wolves. Darkness is being imposed and also growing from within.
Getting interesting results from the AI software, required a lot of trial and error. Another program called EBSynth was used on Michaela’s face, to allow for good lip sync. Everything was assembled using Adobe After Effects and Topaz labs.