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The Greatest Video You’ve Ever Seen 006: Assorted Eatliz

 

 

Since you have already read Layabozi’s definitive interview with Eatliz, you know that they are an arresting art-rock band from Israel, currently touring China and visiting Shanghai and Beijing March 23-25, as part of JUE Festival.

If you haven’t read the interview yet, get on that shit!

Anyway, Fridays are dedicated to videos here. This is the space to check out the visually alluring, like last week’s spectacular Mr. Ghetto Trilogy.

This week, Eatliz has basically done my job for me, as they conveniently sent along a set of videos that put the “Holy Shit!” in the Holy Lands. And they also basically wrote the whole column for me, which is great, because I have a gig to prepare for this weekend, too.

Everything that follows is from the band, in words and images, except for the very last part.

Eatliz has gained a reputation for their eye-popping animated music videos – for songs such as “Hey”, “Lose This Child” and “Attractive” – which have been seen by millions in two hundred domestic and international film festivals, where they received dozens of awards, including the Babelgum Online Film Festival’s “Spike Lee Award”, granted by the renowned director at the New York Tribeca Film Festival, “Best Foreign Video” at the eleventh Sichuan TV Festival “Gold Panda” Awards, “Best Experimental Foreign Short Film” at the China Xiamen International Animation Festival ,and the Special Jury Prize for TV Animation at the China International Animation and Digital Arts Festival Golden Dinosaur Awards, plus screenings before the film Avatar at cinemas across the States. These unique music videos have earned the band a great deal of press attention worldwide, along with performances on TV shows and at major music festivals.

“The visual medium is definitely a part of what we do. Eatliz is our own universe of art that is music and visual together, so it’s very important for us to combine a singular visual with the music. The super talented and now Grammy-awarded directors Yuval and Merav Nathan created two of our animated music videos. Guy (Ben Sherit), who founded Eatliz, is a 3D animator and he worked with Yuval in an animation studio in Israel. Yuval and Merav started working on a video for “Attractive” as their first music video project without the band or guy knowing about it and of course we loved the outcome.”

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“The second animation music video “Hey” was created by Guy who wanted to direct something for Eatliz and he gathered a crew of fifteen animators to work on it. Since it’s a 3D music video, it took him three years, which is normally the period of time it takes to do a feature. But since it started as a completely personal project with volunteers, it took so much time. The final video got amazing responses and opened some doors for Eatliz in Europe.”

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“The latest animation music video for “Lose this Child” is also the creation of Yuval and Merav, who really liked the song and wanted to visualize it. The process of making it began with their idea of a turtle made out of sand, coming out of the sea. Since they live close to the sea and spend every summer on the beach playing with their children, the idea of animating sand on location was pretty natural for them as animators. Most of the shots were shot on location on the shore for 6 months.”

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You can catch Eatliz in Shanghai at Yuyintang on March 23rd (today), and in Beijing with a video screening at the Hutong on the 24th and the show at Tango on the 25th.

Finally, just to whet your musical appetite, here is a ferocious live video for the song “Zoo” from their  DVD.

 

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Find more about Eatliz on their official website.

 

 

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