The Killers have released “Christmas in LA (feat. Dawes)”, their Christmas music video for 2013, starring Owen Wilson as a lonely actor struggling to make a meaningful connection in Los Angeles. Produced by a team from Brigham Young University in Utah, the music video switches back and forth from live action to animation, with cameos by live action actor Harry Dean Stanton (Roman Grant in Big Love) and an animated Warren Zvon (Carmelita). Owen and Harry begin with a voiceover dialogue exploring the concept of doing nothing as a way to get ahead. We’re then shown Owen wandering around Los Angeles in December, feeling disconnected from the white Christmas of his upbringing.
“Christmas in L.A.” can be purchased on iTunes where all proceeds wih be donated to Product (RED).
Filming was shot by director Kelly Loosli and director of photography Bengt Jonsson, with VFX team Mike Warner and Seth Holladay, producers Thomas Lefler, Kyle Stapley and Cassie Hiatt. Animation was produced by first year animation students at Brigham Young University, including Cassie Hiatt, Josh Poulsen, Nick Dixon, Jordan Hunter, John Jackson and Stephanie Tse.
The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers originally contacted Jared Hess, a Brigham Young University alumnus and director of “Napoleon Dynamite,” to help with the music video. Hess suggested Flowers get in touch with BYU to have animation students create it. See more of the story at BYU.
Music was co-produced by The Killers and Los Angeles folk rock band Dawes.