Forest release hand drawn music video using 1,323 post it notes for single Box

Posted on 5 May 2014
By Ashleigh Panther
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Indie quintet Forest have released the video for their new single Box, taken from their E.P Wisdom Tusk.

The video is made up of animation completely hand drawn on post its and shows a story of a little boy who is stuck in a box and how he uses his surroundings to escape after numerous attempts to free him by other characters in the video including an astronaut.

There is a total of 1,323 post it notes in the video used to tell the story and director Otis Moorman explained how he had a very specific idea for the video.

‘I wanted to give the video a sort of up-front, DIY feel, relying on stuff I could do in front of the camera rather than in editing. As a result, the process of making it really was as simple as taking photo after photo of sticky notes on my bedroom wall. It’s all about limits being placed on you, and eventually using those limits to escape the apparent box that they put you in.’

The video took numerous hours to make, with each frame taking 2-5 minutes to draw.

Otis, who is a friend of the band, picked the song Box to make a video for, as he felt it was the catchiest song on the E.P.

And although the video is a lot of fun to watch and is clearly an effort of the band to try something different to stand out, Otis explains how he difficult he found making the video.

“if you’re planning on animating stuff yourself, don’t use pen and paper. It’s horrific.”

Limited edition green vinyls of the E.P Wisdom Tusk, are available on Indelabel now.

Catch Forest on their upcoming you at a venue near you.

MAY
Friday 2nd – London Old Blue Last,
Sunday 4th – Leicester, Handmade Festival,

JUNE
Friday 6th – Birmingham, Hare and Hounds

You can also watch the videos for Box here.