Power Up With These Animated Music Videos

Cover star Eric Power picks five of his best band collaborations

When he's not making solo animated movies in his home studio, Chronicle cover star Eric Power has become the go-to guy for cutout animation music videos. Dozens of artists have used his distinctive style - sometimes folksy, sometimes menacing, sometimes childlike - to illustrate their songs. Now he picks five of his favorites.

Jeremy Messersmith – “Tatooine”

“Not much more can be said about this one. I feel like Jeremy and I were operating on the same wave length here and everything just gelled.”

Wiretree – “Towards the Sky”

“What I love about this one is the switch up in materials. I had a lot of fun playing with felt and other found objects.”

Gretchen Peters – “Blackbirds”

“This one is a murder ballad done in silhouette animation. It’s my favorite video that uses the technique.”

Northern Bells – “Animal Kingdom”

“I made this during a crazy period of my life after a pretty nasty breakup. Originally the video was going to end with the beating heart simply ceasing altogether, but [my wife] Alicia, whom I had recently started dating, thought it was too heartbreaking, so I gave made it continue beating on. Still pretty dang sad though.”

Jeremy Messersmith – “Monday, You’re Not So Bad”

“I made it two years ago, during November 2016. The election made a strong impact on the direction of the video. The song is from the same guy that I made the ‘Tatooine’ video with. It’s our fourth collaboration.”

For more on Eric Power, read "A Cut Above the Rest," April 20.

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