tomorrow is always too long
tomorrow is always too long
Tomorrow Is Always Too Long is a new project by Phil Collins, conjuring up a distinctive vision of Glasgow from the perspective of institutions that describe the scope of human experience and define us as social beings.  With animation by Matthew Robins and stellar soundtrack contributions from Welsh pop-enigma Cate Le Bon, Mogwai’s very own Barry Burns, local voodoo ravers Golden Teacher, and the esteemed Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
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Phil Collins invited me to make some animated sequences for this new film, commissioned by the Common Guild for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.  Phil and Ewan Morrison wrote a brief narrative structure for each section and using these as a starting point I worked on the animations as a series of improvised piece without any sketches or storyboards.  Lawrence Rowell (who worked with me on The Light Princess) assisted me on these films, doing quite a lot of the character movement.  Every day I'd cut out a load of characters from black card and draw some backgrounds, then between us we'd animate them in short sections - someone dancing, a boy on a skateboard, a tramp chucking a can at what would hopefully be a corresponding squirrel.   Then I slowly layered and edited these together in After Effects until they told complete little stories, making new bits of animation to fill in the gaps later on, changing the backgrounds if they looked too messy or weird and then adding little special effects - smoke, weather, disco-lights.  Phil's (and Sinisa's - they work together) approach was rare  -  they left me alone to get on with it, with their support but with no suggestions for different shaped hats or telling me the day after I'd finished that they'd changed their mind, which had just happened a lot on the musical I had just finished making animations for. When someone has that confidence in themselves and in you you do good work.  
here are some frames from the animation . . click to enlarge, but potentially not all of them are safe to view at work (unless you work from home), or if you're not very old:

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tomorrow is always too long blowjob
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here's a scene that we didn't use for the final film:
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