The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) winning director and animator, Ainslie Henderson, put together a wonderful music video for the Manchester, United Kingdom-based band James and their song Moving On.
It’s by no means a new release from the band, as the song was composed in 2014. Still, this wonderfully animated film tells a gentle and heartfelt story.
Moving on is from the album La Petite Mort — which translates from the French as “the little death.”
The song was inspired by the experiences of James’ lead singer and song writer Tim Booth, and the deaths of his mother and a friend. When he was briefing the animator, Ainslie Henderson, on how he came to write the song, he shared a deeply moving story about his experiences that touch upon death and birth.
Ainslie Henderson was listening to the song with Tim’s story in his head in his native country of Scotland when he walked past a woollen knitwear shop. He noticed a ball of wool in the shop window while the “Time always unwinding” verse from Moving On played in his ear. While standing at the window, the idea for the music video began to formulate in his head.
It took Ainslie a considerable amount of time to create the detailed stop-action animated sequences. Ainslie directed, produced, and animated the film, but he also had help from fellow animator Michael Hughes. Photographer, filmmaker, and designer Tobias Feltus was director of photography (DOP) for the film.
Ainslie Henderson’s Moving On and his 2012 BAFTA award-winning short film, It’s About Spending Time Together, is definitely worth watching:
It’s a personal story about a time in the filmmakers past that he wishes he could revisit. It’s a touching story about Ainslie and his brother told with clarity and innocence.