Josh Ritter Strikes Again. With Construction Paper!


If you’re not familiar with Josh Ritter’s music, here’s a piece I wrote about my discovery and ensuing fandom of his songwriting. He just released a new EP of lullabies called Bringing in the Darlings, and this video from one of the songs was fairly mind-blowing. Here’s what one of the folks at had to say about the making of the video:

The stop-motion animation for “Love Is Making Its Way Back Home” uses photographs culled from over 12,000 pieces of construction paper to animate a nighttime drive. A team of nearly twenty artists, editors, directors and product assistants ushered the video into being. The group started with storyboarding and computer animation before converting the digital graphics to paper cutouts (frame by frame), photographing those 12,000 cutouts and then stitching them together into four minutes of paper animation. As production designer Sam Cohen said, “We had to determine ahead of time which images to cut as positives or negatives, how to anchor the cutouts to the paper frame that surrounds it so the pieces wouldn’t fall out, as well as a host of other problems. It was definitely the most labor intensive video we’ve been a part of.”

It was produced by Erez Horovitz. I haven’t heard the record yet (I bought it on vinyl and am awaiting its delivery), but I dig this song in all its moody happiness. The video is inspiring in the best way. Makes me want to get busy and make something beautiful.

Check out Josh’s website here.

Andrew Peterson is a singer-songwriter and author. Andrew has released more than ten records over the past twenty years, earning him a reputation for songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. As an author, Andrew’s books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga, released in collectible hardcover editions through Random House in 2020, and his creative memoir, Adorning the Dark, released in 2019 through B&H Publishing.


  1. Laura Peterson

    Good grief. That’s incredible. I love the lights switching on at the end. Time to put this album on my wish list.

  2. Jon Slone

    I like the windshield wipers wiping away the snow at the beginning.

    Great work.

    Song was a little too simple for me. Of course, I’m comparing everything he does to the wonder of, The curse and Another New World.

  3. KJ

    Okay, now I have to look into Josh Ritter, thank you very much. Hey, a construction paper cutout of Andrew Peterson would dance in music videos, I bet.

  4. Gary Ware

    It was your fault for writing the article last year.
    Four albums, two EPs and that free live album from Noise Trade later…
    The EP is a simple delight.
    And the film clip is remarkable.

  5. Joy C

    Ah yes, AP: As KJ says,

    “Hey, a construction paper cutout of Andrew Peterson would dance in music videos, I bet.” Now, THAT would be sweet.

  6. April

    I started listening to Josh Ritter because I read the original post here last year. And wow — what a favorite he has become. Thank you!

    Have any of you Rabbit Roomers read his novel, Bright’s Passage? I haven’t read it yet, but I’m curious to hear from anyone who has.

  7. Hannah

    Wow. The paper cutouts were almost too good to be true! Especially the guy singing in the car and the people crossing the street…

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