I also like the idea of just having a ton of videos for this album, since Poodle Hat didn’t really have anyvideos (unless you count “Bob”… Anyway, since our budget for all these videos was very modest (to put it mildly), I wasn’t sure what kind of talent we’d be able to attract – but to my surprise and delight, some of the best animators in the world signed on to participate, just because they loved the music and wanted to be part of this project.
I really didn’t give any of the animators very much in terms of direction – I wanted them all to have as much freedom as possible in visually interpreting my songs.
Of course, the video is available on i Tunes (in fact, it was the #1 best-selling music video for a couple months!
) and I’m hoping it will also be available on some kind of DVD compilation in the future.
Can we ask what inspiration they provided you with? Nickelback was nice enough to give their permission for me to use their song “Photograph” in the latest polka medley.
I typically get clearances for the songs in the medley before I actually arrange it… ” together, I just couldn’t find a way to incorporate the Nickelback song into it where it didn’t sound wedged in or tacked on – so unfortunately I had to leave it off.
all of the Ask Al’s ever asked and answered, both on and in The Midnight Star (an unofficial fanzine from 1993 through 1998.) Please keep in mind that some of the answers which were relevant at the time they were given will seem quite “dated” now and may possibly be inaccurate.
In lieu of a proper search engine (Hey, this is weirdal.com…not Amazon.com!It all began a couple years ago, when my record label suggested that I consider doing a Dual Disc release.At the time I thought it was a great idea, because I was all in favor of anything that would make the new album more of an event and provide more “bang for the buck” for the fans.I decided early on that I wanted to do 5.1 mixes and instrumental mixes of everything, as well as a documentary on the making of the album…but what really excited me was the possibility of doing a bunch of animated videos for the originals.Actually, I can’t wait until HD-DVD or Blu Ray discs are more prevalent in the marketplace – most people have only seen the video in low res on My Space or on You Tube, and as I’ve said before, we shot the thing in HD… Actually, when the animator Doug Bresler sent me his original animatic, the character in the video did in fact look a lot like me.