(2018) ‘A’phiuthrag ‘sa phiuthar’ Julie Fowlis music video

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Commission developed in collaboration with Dima Nowarah (dimanowarah.com) for Julie Fowlis’s song ‘A’phiuthrag ‘sa phiuthar’. An interpretation of a traditional Scottish folksong from the isle of Barra, the video is likewise a re-imagining of timeless Scottish folklore. The lyrics of the song convey a woman’s grief at having lost her sister to the fairies. The video concentrates on the context of the sister’s loss, with emphasis placed on the relationship and characterisation of the two sisters.

I drew out the storyboards based on discussions with Dima and Julie. Early iterations had one of the sisters falling into a literal fairy mound whereas the final product is more ambiguous, giving us only sporadic visions of the fairies.

Initial storyboard

Final storyboard

Backgrounds were designed by Dima based on the rough perspectives I had created in the storyboard. Following the theme of feathers in the rest of Julie Fowlis’ alterum promotional videos, the fairies were interpreted as owl-like creatures and designed and animated by Dima.

I was tasked with animating and designing the sisters. I attempted to convey the differences in personality and age through the sisters’ physical appearance – the eldest being the more responsible, grounded and conservative, where the younger represents the distractibility, impatience and exuberance of childhood.


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