I’m a big fan of the DIY mentality, but I imagine halfway through creating the video for their new track “Whitby,” the members of Austin-based group The Octopus Project had to start questioning just how much they wanted to do themselves.

The video, which was created, shot, and directed by the band, is a stop-motion extravaganza utilizing over 4,000 images made from die-cut colored card stock. The members of The Octopus Project designed each shape in Photoshop, cut them out using a machine generally reserved for scrapbooking, and then photographed them in real world settings. I can’t even begin to imagine how long that process took, but the final product is well worth all the blood, sweat, and tears (no doubt caused by paper cuts).

Check out the video for “Whitby” below, and if you like what you hear, pick up the single via iTunes and be sure to buy tickets to the group’s show at The Echoplex this Friday with …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead and The Technicolors.

The Octopus Project Tour Dates:

11/07 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
11/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ EchoPlex #
11/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
11/12 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
11/13 – Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl
11/14 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
11/15 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
11/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban
11/17 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive

For more info:

The Octopus Project