“Dhoonitha”, (Birds), is a song off the album, “Furolhu” by Kushehnooney, a Maldivian Music Band. The album came out around 2003/2004, recorded in a small room, by 5 close friends, who had played together in different guises. It was their penultimate, album comprising of songs developed within a range of a decade or so prior to its release. More about the band and their songs can be viewed here http://kushehnooney.com
During the initial launch period, they wanted to develop a video of one of the singles off the album. The decision to choose Dhoonitha was Albow Arifs idea, one of the lead singers of the band, and an animator himself. We discussed some ideas and decided to take the lyrics of the song quiet literally, and use a technique that Allo had experimented previously, tracing each frame from video footage and combining it with illustrations and animatronics. Actually we didn’t know how it was going to work out, or if we had the capacity to finish what we intended to start. We (including myself, Karo: http://dhivehing.blogspot.com/ & Allo) did some experimentations, even developed an animatronic bird, using metal wires, and elastic bands. Unfortunately those files were misplaced, and the only evidence of the process was the storyboard illustrated by Allo. Hopefully one day we would be able to finish what we started.
Creative Agency: Mooinc. pvt. ltd.
Design Consultants: Ali Saeed, Ablo Arif, Karo Abbas