In the short film "You Only Live Twice," an astronaut has crashlanded on a desolate planet, with only a photograph to remind him of his lost love. Until he discovers he can create projections that come to life, and give his tragic love story a happy ending.

This film, set to the Nancy Sinatra theme tune to the James Bond movie of the same name, comes from Wildlife, aka Jake Friedman and Scott Friedman They were responsible for the Terry Crews "Old Spice Muscle Music" video a while back. This was created for the Promax/BDA 2013 Videophonic panel, which called for a promo clip for a pre-MTV song.


Over at Directors Notes, they give some details about the making of this video:

We only had one day to shoot this thing out near Joshua Tree and of course the weekend of the shoot temperatures reached 106 degrees! Let’s just say our astronaut had an easy time getting into character as exhausted, sweaty and starving. He was a real trooper and gave an incredible performance that brought a heightened level of emotion to the video.


Many of the crystal elements were animated by hand keyframing to give their reveals a kinetic, almost time-lapse growth effect like you would see with high-speed footage of a flower growing. In addition, several key elements were simulated with cloth-dynamics to give organic animation effects to the cars, trees, houses and other structures that needed to emerge and form out of the ground.


[via Directors Notes]