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Try not to be too creeped out by this music video featuring Dutch rock band De Staat and their song “Witch Doctor”—it features a completely computer-generated moshpit of shirtless men who stomp and shake to singer Torre Florim prompts.
In their CG glory, the moshpit inhabitants are both zombie-like and human-like, giving the video an eerie mood as the crowd starts its swirling circle-dance under the commands of Florim.
With choreography inspired by Sufi rituals, Florim and the band worked with master animators Studio Smack to create the video using a very low budget.
They shot it with Florim against a green screen and spent months layering moving images of men’s bodies into the scene.
Posted here are two videos, the first is the finished product, the second a making-of exposition.