Rob Ulitski - 17th Sept 2020

Chris Hopewell directs a wonderful 2020 reimagining of Yusuf/Cat Stevens's seminal hit Father & Son. 

As the song reaches its 50th anniversary, the new version features Yusuf/Cat as he is now singing the role of the father, brought together digitally with a recording of his younger self, originally recorded at his historic performance in the Troubadour Club, Los Angeles in 1970.

If the recreation of this wonderful song is momentous, then Chris Hopewell has risen to the occasion with its video. Like everything else he does, it's stop motion model animation. But he achieves a moving and utterly believable drama from the characters he creates and the world around them.

The video depicts animated versions of the Father and Son in a house, which bereft of a female presence, with an inability to connect to each other. Exploring love, loss and a sense of urgency as the clock ticks away, the regret is palpable, and perfectly visualised through the 3D concept. The attention to detail is brilliant, and the anachronistic sense of time and space makes the visual all the more universal. 

PRO Credits


DirectorChris Hopewell
ProducerRosie Brind
Production CompanyBlack Dog Films
Production CompanyJacknife Films
Executive ProducerMartin Roker
Director of PhotographyJon Davey
Art DirectorHolly Jo Beck
EditorTom Weller
AnimatorCadi Catlow
Other creditsDOP Assistant: Harry Louie Jenkins Post: Stephen Ryan Props: Jonathan Minto, Harry Louie Jenkins Production: Andy Stewart

Rob Ulitski - 17th Sept 2020

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