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Just Like It Used To Be music video for Swansea 2017-04-29T08:25:36+00:00

Project Description

Just Like It Used To Be

Swansea “Just Like It Used To Be” official music video
Directed and animated by Patrick Neary

About the Film

“Just Like it Used to Be” is a stop motion music video inspired by a song from Swansea’s new album FLAWS. The film is a rhythmic allegory of a diseased relationship, alluding to a lover lost to addiction and the struggle to pull them back.

In a departure from Patrick Neary’s earlier short films, “Just Like It Used to Be” uses compelling, shadowy imagery to touch on themes of loneliness, separation and loss. The film incorporates a dark, decayed aesthetic in set and character design, and a muted, nearly black and white color palette. The stop motion sets and characters were hand-made and incorporated found objects, and shot in our studio over a period of several months.

The video was an official selection of the Anchorage International Film Festival and Portland Film Festival.

Still Frames

“We are so impressed and deeply flattered with the work that you have created to our music. We asked for a music video and got fine art.”
Rebecca Sanborn, Swansea

“Lensbaby + stop motion + a beautifully haunting melody – this music video by Patrick Neary, music by Swansea has it all. Give it a watch for a dose of inspiration today.”

Keri Friedman, Lensbaby

Wow. Beautiful Brother’s Quay-esque video, killer song from Portland’s Swansea.”

Robin Washburn, Music Millennium