Shearer is known for his work on This Is Spinal Tap and The Simpsons but the prolific artist wears many hats, including writer, director and musician, and he regularly releases albums of musical political satire. When it came to his 2020 US election season album, The Many Moods Of Donald Trump, Harry sought a production team who could not only transform him into Trump using motion-capture processes but who could do so remotely while he isolated in LA under Covid19 conditions.
Mod was brought onto the project by ELC to design and produce the virtual production phase of the project, using Unreal Engine (UE4), and to direct and edit the performance capture sessions from Sydney - making it a completely virtual and real-time rendered production.
ELC animated Trump's face to create a video in the tradition of satirical cartooning, using AI tech often associated with 'deep fakes', with the results being dubbed, "Deep Toons".
Mod worked on the two videos that required Trump performance capture, Son In Law and Executive Time. The rest of the albums' clips are lyric videos using a virtual Oval Office set crafted by ELC. The project illustrates the creative potential of real-time music video and comedy.