Homunculus by Humble TV

This video first caught my eye because the only place I have ever heard of the world Homunculus is in one of the best anime/mangas ‘Full metal Alchemist’. This video follows the same concept as the anime, that Alchemist beliefs thought that Homunculi (little person) can be created from dead bodies.

Humble is proud to present, Homunculus, the first of an annual series of experimental films by our in-house directing collaborative, Hydra. Conceived of and directed by Sam Stephens, Homunculus is a dark and twisted fable of spontaneous generation and untrammeled id. Taking its title from the Latin word for “Little Human”, the piece is an associative mashup between the two concepts behind the word: The first being middle-age alchemical beliefs that “little men” could be spontaneous generated from dead or decaying matter. The second being Carl Jung’s usage as a personification of pure id. These ideas, combined with our love of Dutch still life’s “beautiful decay,” sowed the seeds for this unique little monster of a film.

The Hydra team assembled an entire still-life spread; fruits, cheeses, flowers, fish, and an uncooked pheasant. They then sealed it off in a 6×6 foot plexiglass box. 3 DSLrs, set at varying angles, were set to shoot a frame every 5 minutes for 11 days. Meanwhile, co-director Chris Mauch began to design a series of “little men,” some cute and cuddly, some not so much. In Maya, Chris and our team of volunteer animators and modelers began to build and rig the creatures.

Over the course of 4 months, in between jobs and on weekends, Sam, Chris, and the team pieced together the sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing madcap narrative –a mixture of Tex Avery cartoons and H.R. Giger inspired body horror.

True to its subject, and to the surprise of its producers, what was to be a small 30 second blip organically grew into an entire HD short film. With the completion of the 12-tone score by Koven Smith and the surround sound mix by Joe Muiccio, we’re pleased to premiere our furry little labor of love. Please enjoy…hopefully on an empty-ish stomach.

(Text taken from vimeo)

Another great video made by Humble TV is Muse’s music video for “Uprising”. The combination of special effects and trickery turns soft teddy bears into killer monsters. A great example of how scale distorts reality.

Humble directing collective Hydra, wins its first Moonman for Best Special Effects at the 2010 MTV VMAs with an epic narrative of tiny proportions. For “Uprising,” the lead off single from Muse’s eagerly anticipated new album, our boys tweaked both time and space to create an dystopic, ultra slo-mo world in 1/25th scale. We shot for 4 days on 2 continents, with two 1938 GMC pickup trucks (of drastically different size) using both the RED and Phantom cameras to get the dreamy,
slo-mo look the story demanded.

A compressed delivery schedule meant an intense 11 day in-house edit/compositing marathon, with our whole post team living, eating, and breathing bears for way longer than what could be considered physically or mentally healthy. Fortunately, we feel our delirium translated quite well into the paranoia and nightmarish anti-logic of the finished piece.

Note: Many teady bears were indeed harmed in the making of this video.

Special thanks to Warner Brothers for supplying us with so much bonfire fodder. And to the lovely woman on Ebay who sold us the antique Hungarian bear, know that he’s now resting in a much better place with a steel yarmulke stitched into his head.

(Text taken from vimeo)

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