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Chris Hopewell Takes Father John Misty to ‘the Valley of Death’

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Black Dog Films director once again teams with FJM to deliver an animation masterclass

Chris Hopewell Takes Father John Misty to ‘the Valley of Death’
On June 1st, Father John Misty released his eagerly anticipated fourth album, ‘God’s Favorite Customer’.

Ahead of the release on Sub Pop, he dropped ‘Please Don’t Die’ from Black Dog director Chris Hopewell.

The video shows Tillman as he descends from the claustrophobic ennui of a hotel room to the glowering depths of the 'Valley of Death'. His obliging host takes him for a punt on the river, showing him the sites before a final shocking revelation.


Josh Tillman AKA Father John Misty has been steadily building an acclaimed body of work, and this stop motion narrative project marks his second collaboration with Black Dog Films director Chris Hopewell.

Their previous award-winning project was for ‘Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution’ taken from Tillman’s ‘Pure Comedy’ LP.
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Editor: Tom Weller

Post Production / VFX

Animators: Cadi Catlow, Cadi Catlow

Production Company

Director: Chris Hopewell

DOP: Jon Daveym Philip Powell (Assistant)

Producer: Rosie Brind

Set Builders: Rebecca Prior/Lucy Roberts/Chloe Moore/Cat Attaway/Jonathan Minto/Elaine Andrew/Laura Tapping/Laura Jones/Johanna Garland/Zoe Veness/Aidan Cook/Andy Stewart/Bonnie Griffin/Chris Addison

Set Decorator: Holly Jo Beck/Siobhan Raw

Categories: Music video, Short films

RSA Films, Mon, 04 Jun 2018 08:26:16 GMT