Human bodies are digitally deformed in
Hugo Arcier's music video for HNN

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Dezeen Music Project: director Hugo Arcier created the moving shapes in this music video for French band HNN by manipulating photo-realistic renders of human bodies.

Je Pars music video by Hugo Arcier for HNN

The title of HNN's song, Je Pars, means "I leave", which Arcier chose to interpret as a euphemism for death.

Je Pars music video by Hugo Arcier for HNN

"The first image that came into my mind was floating bodies that at the end disintegrate," Arcier told Dezeen. "I have worked before with human bodies on a very short film called Arlequin. This time I wanted something more realistic and disturbing."

Je Pars music video by Hugo Arcier for HNN



In Arcier's video, what look like human skins twist and billow in time to the music as if they were made from liquid or smoke.

Je Pars music video by Hugo Arcier for HNN

The shapes start off as recognisably human, but deteriorate into more abstract forms as the video develops.

Je Pars music video by Hugo Arcier for HNN

"When you deform bodies a little they quickly become disturbing," Arcier explained. "It is an interesting feeling but I wanted the film to become more and more abstract as the deformations become more extreme."

Je Pars music video by Hugo Arcier for HNN

"At the end they are just abstract and deformed moving shapes; we only know they are bodies because of the beginning of the film."

Je Pars music video by Hugo Arcier for HNN

All of the visuals in the video were created digitally, with photographs used for reference.

Je Pars music video by Hugo Arcier for HNN

"I didn’t have the budget to rent a render farm so the rendering took one month on three computers," Arcier said. "One frame of the film took nearly half an hour to render and the film contains more than 7,000 frames."

Je Pars music video by Hugo Arcier for HNN

However, Arcier feels that the effort was worth it for the end effect.

"Someone said that the film is weirdly beautiful, others think that it is mesmerising," he said. "Those were the kind of feelings I wanted this film [to evoke]."

Je Pars music video by Hugo Arcier for HNN

  • davvid

    Thats amazing. Very well done!

  • http://www.libertydisciple.com/ The Liberty Disciple

    What software was used for the rendering of this?

    The elongated forms and twisting are the most disturbing elements. The slight texture variations like the knuckle creases and the hair really sell the skin quality.

    • hugo arcier

      Maya or Mental ray.

  • kenny loggins

    oh ma gawd – tight tight tight

  • Jelsen Innocent

    Please google Jesse Kanda.

    • kenny loggins

      Same concept, very different results.

  • LC

    Reminds me of the scary shots in the film Under the Skin. The effect is brilliant.

  • Esin

    Inspired by the scenes in Under the Skin?

    • hugo arcier

      It is not inspired by Under the Skin. The project was done before I saw it but there is indeed some similarities that are striking for me.