I'm Only Sleeping

Grammy-winning oil painted animation for the release of Revolver: Special Edition.

As part of the special edition release of Revolver, Jelly worked closely with Universal Music and Apple Corps to craft the music video for 'I'm Only Sleeping’, which premiered at Outernet London in November 2022.

Over 1,300 individual oil paintings were combined to create the dreamlike animation, which flowingly explores the space between consciousness and sleep. Frequently using her skills to evoke feeling and convey inner experiences, Em was eager to undertake the challenge as the meaning of the lyrics personally resonated with her.

“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

Above: Behind the scenes with Em

Above: Em won Best Animation at Kinsale Sharks Music Video Awards.

This year, Director Em Cooper and Producers Sue Loughlin, Laura Thomas, Jonathan Clyde & Sophie Hilton won ‘Best Music Video’ at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards against "In Your Love" Tyler Childers, "What Was I Made For" Billie Eilish, "Count Me Out" Kendrick Lamar, and "Rush" Troye Sivan.

Em was previously nominated for an Emmy award for her animated film 'Deej' in the 'Outstanding Art Direction and Graphic Design' category.


Winner: 66th Annual Grammy Awards 'Best Music Video'

Winner: Annecy 2023 'Jury Award for a Commissioned Film'

Winner: Kinsale Sharks 2023 'Best Animation - Music Video'

Shortlisted: British Arrows 2023 'Best Craft – Music Video'

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