Stealing Sheep 'Apparition' by Dougal Wilson

Stealing Sheep 'Apparition' by Dougal Wilson
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Can it be? A music video by Dougal Wilson? It is, and a delightful one at that.

The video is for Liverpudlian electronic-pop trio Stealing Sheep's track Apparition, and sees the artists themselves performing a choreography amongst a troupe of Morris dancers, handkerchief in hand.

Dougal tells The Guardian, “The idea for Apparition came from the fact that the song had a mysterious, hypnotic feeling, and the fact that I’ve always found Morris dancing slightly strange and psychedelic.” Wilson had been wanting to revisit the English folk dance since his video for Four Tet's As Serious As Your Life - a mashup of Morris dance clips set to the rythm of the music - done in 2003. 

He goes on to explain, "Since then, I’d always wanted to take the idea further by actually having a band learn Morris dancing themselves, and this seemed like an appropriate opportunity given the unexpected contrast of the girls’ personalities with the characters in a genuine Morris side."


Dougal Wilson
Production Company
Colonel BlimpColonel Blimp website
Production Company
Blink Productions
Executive Producer
Paul Weston
Executive Producer
James Studholme
Head of Music Video
Nathan James Tettey
Corin Taylor
Production Manager
Beatrice Warren
Production Assistant
Jack Bingham
Location Manager
Ross Kirkman
Director of Photography
Marc Gomez de Moral
Thomas EnglishThomas English website
1st AD
Matt Clyde
Art Direction
Andy Kelly
Costume designer
Natalie Willis
Ed Cheeseman
Editing company
Final Cut
Jean-Clement Soret
Post production company
VFX Supervisor
Tom Harding
VFX Supervisor
Jonathan Box
VFX Producer
Hannah Ruddleston
Kristen McNally
Rachel Yates
VFX Team
Mike Cosgrave, Alexander Kulikov, Christopher Tang, Rashabh
Morris Dancers
Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers, Oxford University Morris Men, Oxford City Morris Men
Concept Assistance
 Ursula Chandler

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