Eran Hilleli teamed up with Encyclopedia Pictura as animation director for a music video for Panda Bear’s "Boys Latin." The story, set in a coastal tide pool and filled with saturated hues and atmospheric, inviting animation, follows a young woman as she takes a sunset walk. Happening upon a peculiar sea anemone, she's overcome by a supernatural reaction. Completely enveloped, the swarm propels our hero onward until she crosses paths with a man who seems to be in a similar predicament. Together, they continue on to help others and start a family of sorts.
Animation Director Eran Hilleli
Directed by Isaiah Saxon & Sean Hellfritsch
Made at Encyclopedia Pictura in San Francisco
Animation Jason Rayner, Daniel Moos, Viv Nikolich, Eran Hilleli, Avi Yeyni
Modeling Kristifir Klein, Eran Hilleli, Jason Rayner
Rigging Lior Ben Horin, Kristifir Klein
Sound Design Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Storyboarding & Art Direction Isaiah Saxon
Cinematography Sean Hellfritsch
Executive Producers Mark DePace, Zachary Mortenson / Ghost Robot / Peter Berard / Domino Records
Staff Producer Natasha Giliberti
Written and Produced by Isaiah Saxon and Sean Hellfritsch
It was Eran Hilleli’s senior year at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, Israel, when he created Between Bears—a delicate short film with a minimalist yet bold aesthetic. The video was quickly recognized throughout the animation industry for its complex story, subdued color palette, and graceful use of negative space, and proceeded to take ‘Best Animation’ at the inaugural Vimeo Awards in New York that same year.
Fascinated by simple shapes and fantastical worlds, Eran has a great appreciation for projects that leave room for interpretation—his work as Animation Director on music video Boy’s Latin for indie rockstar Panda Bear is a prime example. His film Three and a Half Seconds About Life showcases Eran's savviness for beautifully-styled animation, cinematic flair, and spot-on, humorous timing. Posts on Eran’s personal website, Tumblr, and Vimeo pages have had a knack for rapidly turning into viral sensations, including the live show visuals he created for a project commissioned by EDM Artist Skrillex.