Liz Green - Bad Medicine

I've just completed a new music video, this time in stop motion!

The song is by the incredibly talented Liz Green, and is called 'Bad Medicine'.

We were asked to put together an idea for the song a couple of months back. I had a craving to get my hands into a bit more paper animation, and thought it would suit Liz's voice perfectly. I listened to the song on repeat until a story started to develop in my mind.

Almost all of Liz's songs tell rather wonderful stories. She refers to them as adult fairy tales.

Bad medicine was no exception, telling the story of a man neglected and worn down by the world. There was a sense of unfairness in the tone, and the lyric, "Every man wants more than he did before" which started the cogs turning. That sense of greed, and unfairness, coupled with the repeated line, "We've got no way out", made it clear this would have to end in tragedy.

I wanted it to feel raw, and earthy, and above all, without end. I didn't want to tell a story with a definite conclusion or happily ever after, but to show that pattern - a murder which would lead to another, and another...

To set the story in the Western frontier seemed a simple choice. It just fitted.

I joked that I wanted to make Deadwood in paper, and to some extent, that's what I set about doing.

As usual with animations, it was a ridiculous schedule, without much room for sleep. There's only so many times you can wish your hands where smaller before you have to question your own sanity.

Talking to a cardboard tree as the sun came up was a definite low point, but I think it was worth it in the end. Hopefully you do too.

But I was not alone in my struggles, and I'd like to give huge thanks to Glenn, Tobias, Clyde, Simon, Jason, Carly and Mr. K, who were all indispensable in keeping my sanity levels just about on the page.

Now here's some clips of people messing about with paper for a while.

End of the Road Festival 2012

Another year, another End of the Road! This year was another great one, but that's not really what I'm here to tell you about.

I'm here to tell you to watch an animation I made before the festival to get all you lovely people excited about what a great time awaited us!

So here it is.

I built all the puppets myself and shot it on my bedroom floor (I'm still finding bits of paper everywhere). It was great fun to get back to some real stop-motion animation again, and also to use the same paper technique I'd worked on way back at my art foundation.

I also shot a lot of time-lapse footage over the week of set-ups on the festival site, which you can see here:

Hopefully it gives you some idea of just how much work it takes to get a festival up and running each year.

Allo, Allo!

No! Don't run! It's not the police! It's Allo Darlin', a wonderful indie pop group from London! And yes, I went there.

For the past couple of weeks I've been working on a new music video for these guys. Which has meant many sleepless nights in a disused office block. And at last, my work is complete.


The video features a whole lot of cardboard, and I've been working with the same team behind my last video, Efterklang's 'I Was Playing Drums'. That also means I've been co-directing with Simon Taffe again.

Before I say any more, have a look at the video on Vimeo, or just below:

The shoot all started in Simon's kitchen, which on Saturday evening looked something like this:

And by Sunday evening, was looking like this:

From there we moved to a disused office block to build the rest of the set and costumes. The main tunnel ended running about 20 meters long, and was built, for the most part, by Clyde Cronin. When it was finished the only way to get from one end to the other was to crawl, which meant some pretty painful knees all round.


Not least for Elizabeth, who had to do more crawling than anyone. I seem to have a habit of putting my lead stars through arduous conditions, and this shoot was no exception it seems. Luckily I think nostalgia served as a pretty good anaesthetic here.


On the day of the band we were running behind slightly, and the guys were brilliant at pitching in; building the final bit of the tunnel while I continued to throw boxes and Ukelele's at Elizabeth.

The performance itself was filled with enough slapstick to fill a Laurel and Hardy sketch, with Heart's tripping over left, right and centre. I don't think the laughter on everyone's faces could have been faked, and I'm really glad a lot of the atmosphere on set made it into the video.

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I have to give an extra special thanks to Leila Watts and Owen Davey, who gave up far too much sleep for me and Simon. And a standard, but still very special thanks to everyone else who gave up their waking hours to make this one happen. I really think it was worth it, and I hope it makes people smile when they see it.