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J’AI PAS LE TEMPS

THE MAKING OF

THE SONG, THE SCRIPT AND THE STORYBOARD


When I first heard the song, I felt immediately identified with the lyrics: it is about a guy that spends all his time in front of the computer screen and never finds the time to do anything else...

Well, I do travel quite a bit, but except for that, that guy could very easily be me!


So, the idea for the video clip came easily on my mind: I would tie the guy to his computer, while the guy he’d like to be is out there, doing everything he’d like to do, and taking care of the girl he has no time to take care of.

Both the singer and the producer agreed with the idea, so that’s where I started from.


The narrative used on a video clip is completely different from the narrative used on a short film. Here, you cannot always tell a story based on the rhythm of the story itself, but based on the rhythm of the music. Even if you need at least one point in common between the song and the story, you can pretty much ignore what the lyrics say. But you cannot ignore rhythm.

Rhythm is the first thing to take under consideration when writing a story for a video clip. It is the what first sticks to your brain when you first hear a song, and the most effective way to attach an image to a song is by respecting the basic rhythm of it.

Having that in mind, I developed a first script, a general idea, and then adjusted it to the song while making the storyboard. Of course, during the animation process I made several changes, as I changed my mind on what would look better. But the storyboard was surely a good reference.


As for the aesthetics, I developed the overall aesthetic concept while writing the general idea for the story. As the lyrics kept reminding me of my own self, I decided to use some recurring elements on my works as a sort of parody to myself.


For example, as in A Short Love Story in Stop Motion, there’s a scene in this clip with the main character and a girl at a lovely beach by the sea, with some birds flying by. I remember thinking that making that scene when I was actually locked in the studio in front of the computer 24/7, was quite ironic. I don’t think at that time I even remembered what a bird looked like.

So, as the lyrics allowed me to, I decided to use the same paradox for this character, with the difference that the one that gets to be at the beach with the girl is himself, or at least some sort of alter ego.

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Once again, another project that links me to Paris, a magic and inspiring city where many of my stories were born.

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