Motion Graphics Monday: Rotoscoping Done Right In Crystal Kay’s “Dum Ditty Dumb” Music Video

Although the technique of rotoscoping has been around for nearly a hundred years, it’s rare that I find a video where it’s effect is so obviously felt. The fluid animation style in combination with both live action and 2D graphics make this music video a treat for any visual enthusiast.

“DUM DITTY DUMB” – Crystal Kay [Official Video]


Directors Tani Ikeda & Laura Yilmaz did a wonderful job when considering the overall look, feel, and flow of this video as it effortlessly transitions from scene to scene, taking the viewer on a visual journey through sight and sound. Colorist Nathan Pena’s choices perfectly coincided with the tone of the video as he uses dark values when the tempo slows and vibrant values when it speeds up. This smorgasbord of variety kept me engaged throughout the entire piece.dum-ditty-dumb-music-video-1

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Behind The Scenes

Full Credits

Directors: Tani Ikeda & Laura Yilmaz
Executive Producer: Tamayu Takayama
Producers: Pete Galindo, Keri Smith
1st AD: Li Lu
DP: Jay Visit
1st AC: Gabriel Diniz
2nd AC: Michael Tubrindy
2D Lead: Laura Yilmaz
2D Animators: Ryan Gillis, Simon Wilches Castro, Oriel Berkovits, Kendra Ryan, Song E Kim
Comp Lead: Daniel Fallik
Compositor: Michael Fallik
Gaffer: Vong Chea
Best Boy Electric: Jason Booth
Electric: Dave Adams
Key Grip: Kevin Skaggs
Choreographer/Dancer: Winnie Chang
Costume Designer: Keyla Marquez
MUA/Hair: Setsuko Tate
Editor: David Schenk
Colorist: Nathan Pena
Location Manager: David Aguilar
PAs: Gwyn Martin-Morris, Tim Deal

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Author: James Peacock

James Peacock is a Digital Marketing Specialist at FIDM in Los Angeles, California. He received his A.A. in Graphic Design from FIDM and was hired as Social Media Assistant in 2013 by his alma mater in order to help grow the institution’s social media marketing efforts. James now combines two of his passions, telling stories and solving problems by managing data-driven marketing campaigns across multiple channels that ultimately result in a positive return on investment.

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