The Rocks Off 200

The Rocks Off 200: Brandon Ray, Punk Rocker Turned Filmmaker/Animator

Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.

Who? After playing an active role in Houston's early-90s punk scene, Brandon Ray turned his creative persona from music-maker to animator. His signature style revolves around the use of pieces of paper put into motion -- almost like a pop-up book come to life -- and his projects in the past year alone have ranged from kids' programming for Amazon Studios to music videos for local bands and beyond, including a project in which megastar Johnny Depp played guitar.

That one, a collaborative effort with co-director Pat Kondelis, was a project for Texas Music Hall of Fame alum Bill Carter. The song, "Anything Made of Paper," is about the West Memphis Three, a group of Arkansas teens who were exonerated in 2011 after a long battle against their 1994 conviction for murder, as a gift for one of the now-freed men.

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Leila Chemam-Alfaro