gotye / hearts a mess / music video

I directed this music video through pictureDRIFT for Gotye. Hearts a Mess is the multiple award winning single from his debut album "Like Drawing Blood". In the video, a pied piper character walks the Earth, calling on its strange inhabitants to leave the wasted planet and follow him to a new world. Elements and characters from the video were developed into live visuals, stage set pieces and merchandise.

Direction and Animation | Brendan Cook
Character Design | Duncan Irving
3D Modeling & Animation | Mayumi Kaneko
Character Rigging | Stefan Litterini
Cinematography | Barnaby Norris


anim'est International animation film festival 2008 - Romania Winner Best Music Video
SoundKilda Film Festival 2007 Australia - Winner Best Music Video Audience Award
Fantasy Worldwide International Film Festival 2007 - Toronto, Canada
Aria Award 2007 Best Music Video Nominee
IF Awards 2007 Best Music Video Nominee
AEAF Awards 2007 Finalist, Music Video
Brooklyn International Film Festival 2007 - USA
Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival 2007 - South Korea
Platform Festival 2007 - USA
Melbourne International Animation Festival 2007 - Australia
Sydney Film Festival 2007 - Australia
Portable Film Festival 2007 - Australia
onedotzero 2007 - UK / Worldwide
Anima Mundi 2007 - Brazil
Pictoplasma 2007 - Germany
Bradford Animation Festival 2007 - UK
Nemo 2007 – Paris / France
Prix Ars Electronica 2007– Austria
Impakt Panorama 2007 – The Netherlands
Australian International Animation Festival 2007 - Australia



storyboard samples

character development by duncan irving