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Joy, taken from the new Iron & Wine album called Ghost On Ghost (out this week), is a video masterfully directed by Hayley Morris. It is a mixed-media piece, composed of a blend of rotoscope watercolor animations and stop-motion. Morris hand made every piece in the landscape from found objects, paper, clay and various materials, and then projected woman Sam Beam’s image into the set pieces. Each scene was shot frame by frame with Dragon in her studio space in her apartment. Hayley shared some of her creative process with motiongrapher.com

When brainstorming ideas for possible narratives and visual interpretations of the song I was drawn to a particular lyric. “Deep inside the heart of this crazy mess I’m only calm when I get lost within your wilderness.” This is what sparked my idea.
Joy is a song about love and taking a moment to realize how someone can vastly change how you perceive yourself and the world around you. My goal for this video was to make the viewer feel this sense of joy, discovery and appreciation by following the organic flow of the song as the landscape changes through bursts of color, growth and transformation.

Samuel Beam (1974), better known by his stage and recording name Iron & Wine, is an American singer-songwriter. He currently resides in Dripping Springs, Texas, outside Austin. He has released four studio albums, several EPs and singles, as well as a few download-only release. His new album, Ghost on Ghost was just released this week.

Hayley Morris is a director and animator. While attending the Rhode Island School of Design she discovered she could combine art of all forms into animation to create fantastical worlds through drawing, painting, sculpture, textile, lighting and sound. Her work uses traditional animation techniques such as stop-motion and hand-drawn to tell stories that unfold through layered textures, hand crafted details, and experimentation. Hayley’s work has been featured in films festivals around the world, while her short film “Undone” won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Animated short at Slamdance in 2009.

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