Taken from Steven Wilson's 2013 album "The Raven That Refused to Sing (and Other Stories)" (Kscope)
A Jess Cope Film
An Owl House Studios Production
Directed by Jess Cope
Produced by Tom Kaye
Assistant Producer - John Cope
Composited and edited by Topher Holland
Written by Jess Cope, Simon Cartwright & Tom Kaye
Based on an original story by Steven Wilson and Hajo Müller
Storyboard - Hajo Müller
Animated by Jess Cope, Alison Cross & Bob Skrzynski
Special Effects - Topher Holland, Hassan Taimur & Venkatram Viswanathan
Puppets & Props - Beth Jupe, Julie Cope, Paul Chi Long Davies & Alison Cross
With thanks to - Mackinnon & Saunders, Dragonframe, AWOL Studios and Steven Wilson
Filmed at Hope Mill, Manchester, England
The video was made over a period of 5 months and was released on Steven Wilson's 'Drive Home EP'. The 'Raven That Refused To Sing' album contained 6 tracks all based on stories of the supernatural. The video follows the story from the Drive Home and the artwork for the video is based on Hajo Müller's illustrations, from the book included with the album.
After the mysterious disappearance of his partner Lucy one night, Charles is tormented for years and longs for her return. One day he stumbles upon one of her belongings which brings back memories of their past. But as soon as the memories start to return the keepsake is stolen from him by an ominous dark figure. Charles is forced to confront the stranger and the truth about Lucy's disappearance is revealed.
The video was made using two distinct animation techniques, part of the film is made using painted cut-out puppets, animated on a glass multi-plane. The rest of the video is shot using stop motion puppets and sets. Everything in the video was painstakingly covered with torn up newspaper print. In the behind the scenes video, director Jess Cope answers questions about how the film was made.
See the behind the scenes video here: vimeo.com/80079268
© Owl House Studios Limited 2013