For the last 7 years, The Killers have released a new single at Christmas and have donated the proceeds to charity. This year, first-year animation students were given the opportunity to work on the video for “Christmas in LA.” They had 3 weeks to shoot and edit the live-action video starring Owen Wilson. I’m sure it was a homework assignment they’ll never forget!
Killers frontman Brandon Flowers called in his buddy Jared Hess (director of Napoleon Dynamite) to direct the video. Hess, a BYU grad himself, thought of bringing in BYU arts and animation students to work on the project. What a cool opportunity! It’s great to see artists giving young students real-world experiences. Because the film schedule was so tight, a lot of older students were busy on bigger group projects so the team consisted of mostly first-year students.
Animation student Josh Poulsen said, “Working on a Killers music video was pretty surreal, especially because the opportunity came in my first semester. It was a lot of work, and we put in some crazy-late hours. It was the funnest and most enthusiastic group I’ve ever worked with, and the process was exhausting.”
All the students, professors, film crew, and even iTunes, The Killers, and the actors — including Owen Wilson — donated their time and resources so all of the proceeds will go to support RED, a charity founded by Bono that works to fight AIDS in Africa.
Watch the video for The Killers’ “Christmas in LA” starring Owen Wilson and featuring Dawes. Not bad for a bunch of college students!
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