Inside Outer Heaven’s visual spectrums for “Putrid Dwelling”

Marcos Morales has generated a truly unique visual accompaniment for the punishing track “Putrid Dwelling” off of the Relapse Records debut album from Outer Heaven entitled “Realms of Eternal Decay”.  The video has been up for slightly over a week and has garnered much attention in the underworld, with over ten thousand views.
Outer Heaven hit the road in support of the October 12th record release with their brethren in Full of Hell.  Keep your eyes and ears open for more in the very near future from this horde of cosmic death metal worship.
We have the unique pleasure of hosting a behind the scenes with “Putrid Dwelling” video director Marcos Morales. Excited by the culmination and the future of the craft, Marcos delves into the process by which the art was created and manipulated to bombard viewers.  Take a moment to digest the work and then hear from Morales himself the ins and outs of the animation and piecing together the final product.

 

Working with animated characters has, in a way, sped up the process of producing videos for me. Instead of spending time casting, coordinating schedules, and location scouting, I was immediately generating usable assets.  

The same day the band decided to go with an animated idea, I was emailing character ideas. The album art and concept is full of this monstrous imagery. An animated approach allowed us to easily conjure up these demons, versus a lengthy live action prosthetic monster production (which I love dearly). Adobe has this awesome easy to use character generator called Fuse with an already dense customizable library, so we could try out ideas quickly.

 

 

After we decided on a look and story based on the album concept, I used the motion capture library from Mixamo (http://www.mixamo.com) to get the character actions I needed.

 

 

Then I used Cinema 4D to frame the angles I needed, lighting, and texture the skin to grow mold. I planned to render the skin at a higher sample rate, but I ended up having to sacrifice a few polygons for the sake of the deadline.

 

 

 

After I rendered the character poses into manageable 2D image sequences, I was able to build the sets out in a 3D space in After Effects, and work from my laptop in remote locations any time I could get a moment to myself.

 

 

 

“Putrid Dwelling” broke new ground for me personally as a director. Modern technology has caught up to the speed of our imaginations, and we are now able to realize grand scale visions on laptops in coffee shops. Keep an eye on http://novelconcept.tv for our latest projects!

 

 

-Marcos Morales

 

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