An animated collaborative video by Josie Brookes Illustration and Tom Madge of AnimateCity
The finished video was created using 2D stop-motion animation with Singer Emma Pollock’s performance cut from printed film stills. The undulating head belongs with, but is at odds to, Josie's bold sequences of geometric print. Together they push and pull with the song to explore ideas of identity and someone working to separate themselves from their humanity.
Hypnos is a short film / visual album about a woman caught in a state of sleep paralysis while being haunted by a past trauma that she has tried to suppress. Through this fever dream she is able to confront her past and awake anew.
The film is a collaboration with musicians Melanie DeJesus & Clinton Van Arnam (DSTNCE) and features a short section of every song on their album “Hypnos”. The film was inspired by Melanie’s own experiences with sleep paralysis.