WeWereMonkeys : Coheed and Cambria: The Broken

WeWereMonkeys were so struck by the energy of the new Coheed and Cambria song, “The Broken,” that it inspired them to create an epic sci-fi saga of vast proportions.

Death-match between cyborg titans? Check. Spaceships and mechanical beasts fighting to fulfill an ancient prophecy? Got it.

But the best part of all, you ask? They built all of this from remote-controlled vehicles, kitchen utensils, electrical components, and 50 scale-model kits.  From these parts, they managed to custom-create a total of 15 models over two days, followed by an airbrushing and weathering technique, giving the models the battle-scarred look you see in the final piece. They then shot stills and video of the models in their green screen studio, before assembling the post-apocalyptic world in Photoshop and After Effects.

In a word, awesome! It’s always inspiring to see a tactile approach when so many before have chosen the CG path. For the full wow factor, be sure to look at these amazing process stills after the jump, ranging from the creation of the models to the composting and finishing of the final.

Coheed and Cambria


Davide Di Saro & Mihai Wilson (WeWereMonkeys)

Marcella Moser (WeWereMonkeys)

Vision Entertainment

Geoff McLean (Vision Entertainment)

Randi Wilens (R.W. Media)

Saul Levitz (Columbia Records)

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  • bill.allrobots.org

    Really great effects and beautiful video, but way too slow moving for the song. Sped up 2x-3x would have been great.

  • Vimeo player won’t load… been happening to me a lot on people’s sites… anybody else?

    • Finally could watch it on the VisionFilm site…. I thought the speed was just fine… Great job!! that song however… had to mute it.

  • great visuals. didn’t know what was going on in terms of the story half the time, but I didn’t really care because it was just entertaining to look at.