Ska Band Half Past Two Releases Fully Shot Clip In The Sims 3
Move over, AMV – The Sims music videos are all the rage right now and Orange County ska band Half Past Two are here to prove it. Earlier today, the ska set released their music video for “Curtain Call,” which was shot entirely in The Sims 3.
The music video kicks off with a sim version of the band’s lead singer, Tara Hahn, on her bike before launching into the upbeat pop-punk track. What ensues is a bunch of Sim-ly hijinks involving trampolines, bullfights, and the game’s infamous Dance Sphere.
Like any other music video, this effort featured a director: Rae Mystic. While Mystic has shot many music videos using more traditional methods (including some of the previous Half Past Two videos), filming one entirely in The Sims 3 was a new and exciting challenge for them.
“I’ve been playing The Sims since Gen 1 and always wanted to make a Sims music video, ever since I was a kid,” Mystic said in a press release. “I posted on Twitter to express my wish and Half Past Two was the first band to jump on it.”
“When Rae pitched the idea of creating a full music video in The Sims, I immediately DM’d them to let them know we were in on it,” added guitarist Max Beckman. “I fully trust Rae’s artistic vision and knew they would produce a creative and entertaining video, despite having never worked in this field before. I also breathed a sigh of relief not to having to plan a video shoot around eight members for once!”
However, while not having to coordinate eight people could have been a welcome change of pace, Mystic added that there was still a lot of process involved – and getting the members’ corresponding sims to do exactly what they wanted were not always simple. In the end, the project took Mystic about 13 hours to complete.
“I shot the music video like any other: I built an in-game setting, customized the lighting and, of course, made sure to create avatars for everyone in the group. creating and ‘filming’ took about 13 hours, not including editing. It was hard to force the Sims to do what I wanted them to do with the loose storyboard I had written. Tara doing cycling at the start was planned, Mark riding the bull was not planned but looked like fun to throw in!”
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