I'm Only Sleeping

Over 1,300 oil paintings combined to create dream-like animation for the release of Revolver: Special Edition.

Em Cooper worked with Universal Music and Apple Corps to direct the music video for "I'm Only Sleeping' as part of the special edition release of Revolver.

Over 1,300 individual oil paintings were combined to create the animation, which flows dreamlike through the song exploring the space between consciousness and sleep. Em was eager to undertake the challenge of the video as she related to the meaning in the lyrics, as she frequently uses her skills to evoke thought or convey inner experiences.

“It was a project that I felt an immediate spark for right from the word go, and somehow that momentum carried me right through to the end,” Em Cooper said of the video. “I love The Beatles. We used to listen to this song on tape in the car when I was a child, and the song itself evokes such a mesmerising, languid, dreamy state, in a way my job was only to follow its lead with a paintbrush in my hand.” - Em Cooper