The surreal tableaux of Vinicius Costa

Roof Studio

For years, Vinicius Costa has been developing his artistic voice by crafting fantastically detailed surreal scenes. Like CG mashups of Magritte, Salvador Dalí and a dash of Max Ernst, Costa’s works are elegantly composed postcards from dreamworlds where machine-like architecture mingles with exotic organic objects.


“A Romantic Drama” (2014)

Teaming up with co-directors Guto Terni and Sam Mason, Vinicius’ recently released music video for Empire of the Sun’s “High and Low” is a sustained trip through the artist’s mind. An ambitious live action production, the project was produced through Roof, the studio established in 2012 by Vinicius, Guto and executive producer Crystal Campbell.

Style frame from “High and Low”


Style frame from “High and Low”

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From the creator:

We recently partnered with Australian electronic music duo Empire of the Sun on the music video for their single, “High and Low.” Using a mix of live-action and fantastical CG animation, we visualized the experience of a psychedelic trip, weaving together two worlds: the physical reality of the journeyers and their surreal emotional destination, a fantastical world of which Empire of the Sun’s duo serve as the “emperors.” The gorgeous, surreal visual journey captures the song’s euphoric celebration of the innocence and boldness of youth.

Production Company: Roof Studio
Directors: Guto Terni, Vinicius Costa, Sam Mason
Executive Producer: Crystal Campbell
Producer: Ryan Mack
Assistant Producer: Amanda Campbell
Cinematographer: Sharon Meir
Camera/Movi Operator: Robert Spaulding
Drone Operators: Logan Mack, Brad Draifinger, Nathan Trucks
Wardrobe: Jesse James
Hair and Makeup Artist: Katie Wedlund
Storyboard Artist: Stephanie Davidson
Matte Painting: Fred Palacio
Design: Vinicius Costa, Fred Palacio, Guto Terni, Sam Mason
Animation: Lucas Ribeiro, Flavio Mac, Sam Mason, Guto Terni, Vinicius Costa, Fred Palacio
Lighting/Rendering: Vinicius Valente, Flavio Mac, Daniel P Teixeira, Vinicius Costa, Guto Terni, Sam Mason
Compositing: Guilherme Ferreirinha, Chris Gereg, Fred Kim, Fred Palacio, Guto Terni, Sam Mason, John Harrison, Marcello Bortolini

Costa Rica Production Company: Costa Rica Filming Locations
Costa Rica Local Fixer: Violeta Grancelli, Manu Manohar

Los Angeles Production Company: In collaboration with BestFriend
Executive Producer: Zak Thornborough

Editor: Adam Bazadona @ Cut & Run, Guto Terni @ Roof Studio

Color: RCO
Colorist: Seth Ricart
Executive Producer: Marcus Lansdell

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