This week's Dazed Visionaries are Becky & Joe, two London based artists making weird and funny animated films in interesting and colourful ways. Having met at Kingston University, Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling started THIS IS IT collective with some friends, which allowed them to work on a variety of projects and hone their talents as animators. Now, they've made music videos for Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, designed window displays for Selfridges, and made one of the strangest short films to ever play at Sundance - and, as part of their takeover, they're exclusively showing off the sequel to that short film, along with a few other brilliant animated oddities. You can check them out below, along with our quick chat with Becky about the films.
Dazed Digital: Tell us a bit about the films you have chosen for Dazed?
Becky Sloan: We will be showing a new short called "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2", which is the sequel to a short we made a few years ago about teaching creativity. The sequel introduces a character called Tony The Talking Clock who teaches the puppets the subject of Time. Along with "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2" we will be showing a program that the puppets are watching on their TV called "Craig's Big Day", about a loner called Craig. Watch to find out what happens on his birthday!
DD: All of your films are animated, or at least contain moments of animation. What is it that interests you so much about this style of filmmaking?
Becky Sloan: Animation can at times be a dull and tedious way to work but it also offers you complete creative control, which is something we like to have.
DD: Your films seem to focus more on strange images and ideas than specific narratives. Where do your ideas come from? Who would you say are your main influences?
Becky Sloan: I keep my ideas written upon a scroll that I hide inside a Pringles tube under my bed at my Mums house. They are for me to have.
DD: You've made music videos for Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, as well as making music yourselves. What role does music play in the creation of your work? How important is music to you?
Becky Sloan: On a scale of 1 to 10 music would be a 7 - it's a very important part of what we do, whether it be a animation that is synchronised with music or for a short film. We are lucky that musicians we really like feel sorry for us and let us make a video for them. If we can't get someone famous to make the music Joe can make it, which is very handy.
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