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October 20, 2010

DCB and 700,000 LITE-BRITE Pegs

David Crowder's new music video is a wonder of stop-action creative genius

Some of my favorite movies feature old-fashioned stop-action photography; Ray Harryhausen (Clash of the Titans, Jason and the Argonauts), master of the craft, is one of my cinematic heroes.

I'm not quite ready to put David Crowder on the same pedestal, but his new self-made video comes pretty close. Using over 700,000 LITE-BRITE pegs, Crowder and 83 friends spent 2,150 man hours making 1,200 LITE-BRITE images for the three-and-a-half-minute video of "SMS [Shine]," from 2009's album Church Music. Oh, and they consumed 148 pizzas in the process.

I love the way Crowder and his team creatively blend real objects with the displays on the LITE-BRITE -- the way outside objects (plants, water, etc.) merge into the screen and become part of the show. Brilliantly conceived, marvelous executed. Enjoy!