HOW HAVE YOU BEEN - TOM ROSENTHAL
HOW HAVE YOU BEEN?
OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR TOM ROSENTHAL
Tom’s album album 'Z- Sides' is available to stream on Spotify.
Hypnos is a solitary creature, creating happier dreams while people sleep, but there is something else living in his cave…
The film is a fusion of stop motion and drawn animation, about looking after all parts of yourself. It has received a Vimeo Staff Pick.
Hypnos lives in fear of what he cannot see, but through tentative steps he realises the shape in the darkness is just trying to help him, and the two characters gradually accept each other and comfort one another. This story can be read as two beings finding each other, and also as a depiction of anxiety and depression, where the protagonist learns to accept and look with compassion at all sides of themselves.
Made at Hangar Animation Studios in Bristol, UK.
“Rising star in the stop-motion feild” - Directors Notes
interview with animated women uk
“A beautiful work of art” - Stop motion magaine
“Tender” - BOOOOOOOM TV
“Breathtaking” - Ashby Dodd
“another Stop-motion masterpiece” - stop motion planet
“Fairy-tale Visual Lullaby” - DragonFrame Blog
“An other worldy sensitive music video” - Zippy Frames
Music Video of the Week on Detektor (Germany)
BEHIND THE SCENES
Working through the ideas of the 2 characters through sketchbook doodles and more polished character paintings.
Character Development and Puppet Making
The design of ‘Hypnos’ changed a lot through the process of making him. At first he was more bird-like as I was interested in creating a soft graphic shape. However I realised that he needed to be able to move in a more relateable and human way when he handled the bottles and dreams, so I took inspiration from an aye-aye, to give him his more dexterous hands. I also wanted to make a puppet that used screws and rods as tie downs, which I was taught by the amazing puppet maker and director Roos Mattaar.
Unfortunately, because of his short legs, the wire skeleton of Hypnos had a small area where his knees needed to bend many times, and so broke near the end of the shoot! I needed to make a replica of Hypnos to finish the last important scenes.
hypnos and Shadow models
After the release of the video, I was very touched to have been asked by a number of people from different countries for ‘Plushie’ or model versions of the characters. These commissions have made me so happy to think that people had connected so strongly to the characters. Below are some examples of the models.