Father John Misty 'Things It Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before The Revolution' by Chris Hopewell

Father John Misty 'Things It Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before The Revolution' by Chris Hopewell
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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

Director
Chris Hopewell
Production Company
Jacknife
Producer
Rosie Lea Brind
Editor
Tom Weller
Director of Photography
Jon Davey
Art Director
Chris Hopewell
Colourist
Tom Weller
Compositor
Jon Davey
Compositor
Tom Weller
Compositor
Bill Pollock
Post production company
Bonch
Director's Representation
Molly Bohas /Collide Inc.
Label
Sub Pop
Key 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

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