Modest Mouse Lands Big Fish in Dashboard

Modest Mouse bring a fisherman’s tall tale to life in their live action/animation music video for Dashboard. The initial concept for the Dashboard music video came from Isaac Brock’s desire to tell a story around a 1940s fishing boat. With help from the Motion Theory team Modest Mouse developed a surreal journey in which Brock is transformed into an old fisherman telling his salty friends about a quest to catch a mythical musical fish. Driven mad by the effects of wild seas Brock is washed up on a strange island made of discarded musical technology. The sound-loving locals replace his injured hand with a microphone.

Isaac Brock with fish head and microphone


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Modest Mouse is an American indie rock band, formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington by guitarist Isaac Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green, bassist John Wickhart, and guitarist Dann Gallucci. Since their 1996 debut album This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About, their lineup has been centered around guitarist/lead singer Isaac Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green and bassist Eric Judy. Modest Mouse signed with Epic Records in 2000.

The music video, produced at Motion Theory, premiered online on February 27 at VH1, MTV 2, Fuse and MTV-U, as well as on the Modest Mouse MySpace site. Dashboard was the first single from the band’s album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, released on March 20, 2007.

Isaac Brock with mythical fish

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Sound gear in Dashboard music video

Production Credits

More than 30 members of Motion Theory’s effects and animation teams worked to bring the practical and visual effects to life, including using the studio’s own custom software and proprietary technology. Modest Mouse Dashboard music video was commissioned by Danny Lockwood at Epic Records and produced at Motion Theory under the direction of Mathew Cullen and Grady Hall, with director of photography Roman Jakobi, executive producer Javier Jimenez, and producer Anna Joseph. Production designer Teri Whittaker worked with Cathy Cooper (wardrobe), Amy Kim (makeup), creative director Mathew Cullen and art director Guilherme Marcondes.

Visual FX supervisor Nick Losq worked with designers Kaan Atilla, Guilherme Marcondes, Joseph Chan, Gabe Dunne, Jenny Ko, Josh Nimoy, Evan Parsons, Robin Resella, Leanne Dare, Jesus de Francisco, 3D animation artists NIck Losq, Andrew Romatz, Sarah Bocket, Tom Bruno, Jesse Franklin, Kyle Cassidy, Helen Choi, Grace Lee, Omar Gattica, Hao Cui, Ruel Smith, Keith Yakouboff, VFX producer Matthew Winkel, editorial producer James Taylor, editor Mark Hoffman, assistant editor Joshua Basche, concept artists David Ellis, Derek Tsai, Matte painters Meg Bright-Ryan, Daniel Thron, Mathew Cullen, Guilherme Marcondes and Jenny Ko.

The 2nd unit was directed by Guilherme Marcondes. Compositing/finishing was done at 1.1 VFX by lead compositor Danny Yoon with Matt Motal, Kevin Prendiville, Marc Rienzo, colorist Clark Mueller (Riot), and programmers Gabe Dunne, Josh Nimoy.

The effects of sea sickness show in hallucinations

Lyrics for Dashboard

Well, it would’ve been, could’ve been
worse than you would ever know.
Oh, the dashboard melted,
but we still have the radio.

Oh, it should’ve been, could’ve been
worse than you would ever know.
Well, you told me about nowhere
well it sounds like someplace I’d like to go.

Oh, it could’ve been, should’ve been
worse than you would ever know.
Well, the windshield was broken
but I love the fresh air y’know.
(The dashboard melted but we still have the radio)

Oh, it would’ve been, could’ve been
worse than you would ever know, oh!
(The dashboard melted but we still have the radio)
Oh, we talked about nothing
which was more than I wanted you to know-oh-oh-oh-oh.
Now here we go!

Oh! It would’ve been, could’ve been
worse than it had even gone
Well, the car was on blocks,
but I was already where I want.
(It was impossible, we ran it good, we ran it good)

Why should we ever even ever really even get to know?
(It was impossible, we ran it good, we ran it good)
Oh if the world don’t like us i
t’ll shake us just like we were a co-oh-oh-oh-old.
Now here we go!

Well we scheme and we scheme
but we always blow it
we’ve yet to crash,
but we still might as well enjoy it
Standing at a light switch to each east and west horizon,
Every dawn you’re surprising,
And the evening was consoling
Saying “See it wasn’t quite as bad as”
Well, it would’ve been, could’ve been
worse than you would ever know.

I was patiently erasing and recording the wrong episodes
after you had proved my point wrong,
It wasn’t like I’d let it go, oh-oh-oh. Oh-oh-oh.
I just wanted to catch the last laugh of this show.

Yeah, it would’ve been, could’ve been
worse than you would ever know.
Oh, the dashboard melted,
but we still have the radio.
(The dashboard melted,
but we ran it good, we ran it good)

Hard-wired to concieve,
so much we’d have to stow it
Even needs have needs,
tiny giants made of tinier giants.
Don’t wear eyelids so I don’t miss the last laugh of this show.
(The dashboard melted but we still have the radio)

Oh, we could’ve been, should’ve been
worse than you would ever know.
(The dashboard melted but we still have the radio)
Well, you told me about nowhere
well it sounds like someplace I’d like to go-oh-oh-oh-oh.
Now here we go!

Well we scheme and we scheme
but we always blow it
we’ve yet to crash,
but we still might as well enjoy it
Standing at a light switch to each east and west horizon,
Every dawn you’re surprising,
And the evening was consoling
Saying “See it wasn’t quite as bad as”

Oh it would’ve been, could’ve been worse than you would ever know.

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