PREMIERE: I am *VERY* excited to present to you the awesome stop-motion video created by Chele Gutek and myself for Far & Wide (Further & Wider) from the Piece of Me album, which has been unveiled via Insomniac.com today. 

The video was a HUGE labour of love, described by Insomniac as "a stop-motion stroke of life-affirming joy, depicting a black-and-white Shackleton finding color in a way that brings to mind “Allegory of the Cave.”

This was a huge undertaking, and the lion’s share of credit must go to my manager and Denver-based filmmaker, Chele Gutek, for putting it all together. She effectively storyboarded the entire piece and then took a huge range of photos of me in motion—probably around 2,500 photos. Each one was then printed onto card and cut out by hand.

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The photos were very carefully logged and then placed into a number of little stage sets that we built. There was sooo much creativity in that, as we had to keep it on a shoestring budget. I think the total cost of the materials was around $100, mainly from Hobby Lobby and stuff we sourced for free.

After I went back to the UK, Chele meticulously photographed the cutouts frame-by-frame and painstakingly put it all back together to fit the album track “Far & Wide (Further & Wider)". The result is a beautiful short film with a magical subtext.

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