I directed this video for Swedish progressive metal band Minds Eye. I also created and animated it most of it plus I had a lot of help from Victor Blanke – who co-produced/directed and did all the post-production work. Great project and lots of talented people to work with.
In order to save render time, costs (and the band was crazy about the movie Sin City at the time) the art direction had to be simplified. This actually helped immensely in sheer rendering time for each scene.
There’s a lot of tricks going on in this video. The shaders are toon shaders with only white or black and outlines. This means a lot of perceived detail was easily hidden in the shadows and in the use of silhouettes.