British folk rock trio The Staves commissioned Aardman Studios to create a visually stunning music promo to accompany their latest single ‘Winter Trees’ from their debut album ‘Dead & Born & Grow’. Hybrid animals, rabbit squid and llama owls, wander through a forest facing a deadly flood. The Staves, Emily, Jessica and Camilla, are represented by instrument-playing trees. Animation was inspired by 3D laser-cut wood puzzles, created using a combination of Flash and CG animation.
The Winter Garden music video was developed at Aardman Studios by directors Karri and Saul, producer Lynn Holloweel, Atlantic Records UK commissioner Sarah Tognazzi, production coordinator Sarah Babbage, editor Dan Hembery, character designer Saul Freed, illustrator Owen Williams, lead character TD Nathan Guttridge, TD Maria Ocantos, modeling TD Rich Spence, rigger Dorota Sikorska, 2D animator Tim Ruffle, 3D animator Mathew Rees, lead lighter/renderer Ali Dixon, lighter Andy Lavery, lead compositor/colorist Bram Ttwheam, compositors Jim Lewis and Jon Biggins.