David Knight - 4th May 2016

Chris Hopewell reunites with Radiohead - for whom he made the video for There There back in 2003 - for the video for Burn The Witch, a beautifully executed recreation of the classic children's TV shows Camberwick Green and Trumpton, with the storylines of other, far more disquieting British productions of the late 1960s - Witchfinder General and The Wicker Man.

The treatment may well have had the compelling brevity of the one for Alien (which was famously pitched as "Jaws in space'). But only time will tell whether it was quite that straightforward. With Radiohead removing their social media sites and then posting messages to fans before the video's release (‘Sing the song of sixpence that goes burn the witch’ and ‘We know where you live’) there is the distinct possibility this is the opening salvo of the band's bigger message. We shall see.

In the meantime, this is a welcome return to music video directing for Chris Hopewell, who created this wonderful rendition of the stop-motion style pioneered by Gordon Murray and animators John Hardwick and Bob Bura, out of his own Bristol-based studio Jacknife. As he has been spending much of his time designing posters, its a return as surprising as it is welcome.

Credits

DirectorChris Hopewell
ProducerRosie Lea Brind
EditorBen Foley
Director of PhotographyJon Davey
Production designerChris Hopewell
Post FXBen Foley
ColouristBen Foley
Set BuilderHolly Jo Beck
Lead AnimatorVirpi Kettu
Lead AnimatorLouie McNamara
Lead AnimatorOli Putland
Production CompanyJacknife
Other creditsAnimators: Aaron Hopewell, Andrew Stuart, Rosie Lea Brind, Chris Hopewell Puppets and props: Elaine Andrew, Virpi Kettu, Bonnie Griffin, Lucy Roberts, Ash Clarke, Ella Baraclough, Bec Coates, Rosie Lea Brind, Chris Hopewell, Andrew Stuart

David Knight - 4th May 2016

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