Gareth Axford - Animation & Illustration

Nova's Basement - 'Stop hurting' Music Video

Back in 2011 folk trio Nova's Basement got in touch with me and asked if I'd be interested in directing an animated video for their song 'Stop Hurting', and of course I said yes. They gave me pretty much full creative freedom, other than suggesting ‘something very sweet and heart-breakingly melancholy to accompany the lyrics - something black and white and simple’. The band mentioned they love Leunig’s stuff, so that was my jumping-off point.  The idea arrived pretty much fully formed after listening to a rough mix of the song. I think the song is about a break-up, but I didn’t feel I needed to make my narrative fit the lyrics. I did however want to get a sense of loneliness and melancholy through in the visuals. The line ‘The lighthouse is turning’ particularly stuck in my mind.

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