David Knight - 8th Aug 2017

Father John Misty's audacious merging of Tiny Dancer-era Elton John with the Apocalypse has been rewarded with this marvellous stop motion-animated video by Chris Hopewell.

For Things It Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before The Revolution, Hopewell visualises an account from the other side of the great apocalyptic event that has destroyed civilisation, using puppets. A survivor trawls through a devastated landscape collecting the once-prized, now useless objects of our current age, encountering other strange survivors - like beer-slugging cockroaches in denim jackets - on her travels.

It took Hopewell - who has made a comeback to music video since his Radiohead video for Burn The Witch last year - and his small team in his Bristol-based studio Jacknife just three weeks to construct and film the video. It has been partnered by the Environmental Defense Fund, and from August 3rd to the 11th, the puppets in the video are being auctioned on Father John Misty's eBay page, to raise money for EDF.   

"Father John Misty's new video is a powerful statement -- a postcard from a world we never want to visit," said ​Eric Pooley, senior vice president at Environmental Defense Fund, in a statement accompanying the release of the video. "That's why EDF is proud to partner with Father John Misty, and why we work every day to catalyze the 'visionaries among us' who can help forge a better, more optimistic future. For 50 years, EDF has driven innovative solutions that help people and nature prosper. We use cutting edge science and technology and unexpected alliances to scale positive change. We're earning our middle name every day, and we're so grateful to Father John Misty for his support."

Credits

ColouristTom Weller
DirectorChris Hopewell
ProducerRosie Lea Brind
EditorTom Weller
Director of PhotographyJon Davey
Art DirectorChris Hopewell
Production CompanyJacknife
CompositorJon Davey
CompositorTom Weller
CompositorBill Pollock
Post production companyBonch
Director's RepresentationMolly Bohas /Collide Inc.
LabelSub Pop
Other creditsKey Animators: Roos Mattaar, Cadi Catlow, Virpi Kettu, Louis McNamara Art Department: Chris Hopewell, Rosie Lea Brind, Bonnie Griffin, Jo Garland, Siobhan Raw, Rebecca Prior, Elaine Andrew, Lucy Roberts, Mary Murphy, Alison Garner, Zoe Veness, Andy Stewart and Louis McNamara

David Knight - 8th Aug 2017

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