The band makes a doomed expedition into ancient haunted catacombs. One by one each member suffers his own unique fate.
The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets perform fun, catchy music inspired by the writings of HP Lovecraft.
The song "You Fool, Warren Is Dead" is a musical retelling of the H.P. Lovecraft short story "The Statement of Randolph Carter". The main protagonist Randolph Carter is communicating with his friend Harley Warren, who has descended into the earth where he discovers an ancient city of bone and something much worse.Go to profile
With the ability to write, direct, produce and animate, the Affolter Brothers have a plethora of skills to contribute to Storyhive projects.
The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets encourage imagination and originality in order to promote their unique vision. The band is very supportive of the arts, and would like to extend the opportunity and support to filmmakers looking to express their creativity.Go to profile
Meet the courageous video production crew, whose curiosity and bravery have lead them to where few have dare tread and even less have returned: a The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets video shoot!
The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, since its inception, has always been directly inspired by the work of famed horror author H.P. Lovecraft. Over the past few years, "Lovecraftian" fandom has grown into a massive niche of pop culture. Today fans of his work enjoy not only his novels and short stories, but also movies, TV series, clothing, video games, apps, even conventions dedicated to this expansive subculture.
The popularity of local group of restaurants "Storm Crow Alehouse" is a testament to the rich and substantial presence of so-called "geek culture" in Vancouver, BC. The restaurants are an eclectic tribute to all things once considered on the fringe of society, but now officially and irrevocably engrained in pop culture - including H.P. Lovecraft and his works.
Having successfully tapped into a niche of pop culture, The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets has an incredibly devoted and passionate fanbase - thanks in part to their willingness to make their music a tribute to H.P. Lovecraft. Fans follow the band because it's obvious the band members themselves share an authentic love of the subculture as opposed to hopping on the "bandwagon" (no pun intended).
Much of the video takes places within spooky catacombs as the band goes on their epic subterranean journey. Design cues will be taken from the real-life Catacombs of Paris and Rome, albeit enhanced and exaggerated comedically in style and scale, so as to succinctly fit within the animated world of the video.
The overall tone of the design, and in turn all of the creative choices made for "You Fool, Warren is Dead!", will be inspired by the cheesy, over-the-top B-movie horror genre classics. The disarming and charming nature of the films' production value (or lack thereof) can be used to great comedic advantage in our music video.
While 3D environments will be utilized to create larger sets and more dynamic camera movements than could be reasonably achieved in camera, the music video will still build and photograph actual puppets and specialty props to be used as assets within the 3D environment compositions. This will allow for more streamlined and efficient animating, but will also achieve a stop-motion animation inspired visual style.
Night. Pan up over treetops in the spooky woods until we get to the necropolis where we see the band and their car. A band member is walking towards the group.
6. Start on blunderbuss. Drummer pulls it up to show it off. 7. Guitarist and bassist approve! Check!
Start on hood of car. Cryptic map is slapped down, pull out to reveal band members looking at it. Check!
Warren reveals ancient nameless spellbook. Lead singer and drummer look at eachother and smile. Check!