A few months ago I released “Elon and the Hotrod Race.” It was a fun piece and I had a blast flexing my art skills to do the animation. The project took about a month to complete and I couldn’t be more proud of my production. The video is available to watch on YouTube and the audio is available for streaming on SoundCloud. I wanted to share with you today a little bit about the story behind the song and some behind the scenes info on the process.
I’m a huge fan of Elon Musk, obviously. The founder and CEO of SpaceX, Elon is insanely smart and spends his time doing super awesome and seriously sciency stuff. Perhaps better known for his contributions to Tesla Motors as well as his push for space travel, Musk has had his hands in quite a few pots. Musk’s online bank X.com merged with Confinity in 2000 leading to the launch of PayPal which was later bought by eBay in 2002 for a cool $1.5 billion.
Now I’m not a Tesla owner. In fact, I get around in a Dodge Challenger. I like my cars fast and loud. But Musk’s great work got me thinking, what would happen if my American made muscle care was pitted against one of his sleek and modern electric cars? Well, my animated music video shows just that.
First I wrote the song. I had a lot of fun with the lyrics and of course I put my own country twang into the mix. Once the song was written I set to work on the recording and production of the piece. I went to an audio production workshop taught by the legendary Chris Lorde Alge last year so I had a lot of stuff to try out. A lot of my studio hours were spent on perfecting the sound and I think it shows.
Once the song production was complete I thought, this would be a great animation! I started with some concept drawings and eventually moved onto storyboards and then finally editing. The more I worked on it, the more my story came to life and my excitement grew with each frame.
Have you seen the video yet? Let me know what you think!
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