Queen Herod Will Find You
So when I’m not rooting through bins looking for broken slippers, I split my time between illustration and music.
Sometimes though, when the moon collides with the T-junction in the sky, those two joys converge. Thusly, I present Queen Herod.
Queen Herod began as a character from a song I wrote about a witch who eats children. The original idea was to re-imagine King Herod of ye Olde Testament as a woman. Perhaps she would be judged more harshly, as nothing is more “unnatural” in the popular psyche as a woman who kills/eats children. Sure us women just love babies!
The story departed at that point and ran off on a tangent. Have a look at the video to see.
I made the sets through papercut on black paper. I then made a little proscenium arch with a desk/bookshelf thing and hung it all off that.
When shooting, I had green gels on a couple of lamps and some strobes and torches. I had originally wanted to use puppets as the primary source of movement, but a) I only have two hands and b) the movement of torches seemed more fitting with the song. As in it was jumpier and I could make use of the shadows, and not the puppets, better.
It was edited in iMovie, only because I don’t have anything else. Soon to be rectified.
If you’ve any questions regarding the production, please email or comment. I relish the chance to geek out over papercut.