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.
Late last year we were approached by Skrillex’s record label, OWSLA, to direct and produce a video for his Dog Blood project. Dog Blood is Skrillex and Boys Noize and their single ‘Chella Ride’ is a high octane EDM track that needed something dirty and trippy.
We jumped at the chance of working with them and set out on a journey to create our most elaborate and detailed animation to date, mixing multiple techniques such as 3d, 2d, cel animation and live action footage to create a hybrid style that feels unique to the project. It was a rare chance to get the entire studio involved as well as a chance to collaborate with our sister company ilovedust on the design.
Creative director: Ingi Erlingsson
Art directors: Ewen Stenhouse, Oliver Munden
Producer: Ant Baena
Layouts / Storyboards: Jonathan Djob Nkondo
Design: Oliver Munden, Ben Beach, Ewen Stenhouse, Max Englehart, Stefan Falconer, Marie Ecarlat, Emmanuel Lantam
2D Animation: Tim Whiting, Stefan Falconer, Max Englehart, Eliza Cioca, Phillip Engström
3D Animation: Henry Purrington, Tom Purrington, Alex Fernandez, Benjamin Tron, David Calvet
Compositing: Alex Fernandez, Stefan Falconer, Max Englehart