Our Films and Projects

Our Iconic Films

King Ghost

Client: Steven Wilson

Directed by Jess Cope - 2020

Owl House Studios is pleased to announce the release of our latest music video for Steven Wilson's track King Ghost which forms part of The Future Bites album. The video was premiered on YouTube on the 29th October 2020 and is available for public viewing.

King Ghost was directed and written by Jess Cope and produced by John Cope.

“Much like the song, the video Jess has created focuses more on rich colours and expressing thoughts and feelings though more abstract images, something that takes our collaboration into new territory.  It's stunning and I'm incredibly proud of the combination of the song and the video.” Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson's Website

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An Innocent Man

Client: YOVA

Directed by Jess Cope - 2020

Owl House Studios is pleased to announce a new music video for YOVA's fourth single, "An Innocent Man" released through Believe Music. The lyrics to the track were inspired by Harper Lee’s iconic novel ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’.

The music features arrangements by ROB ELLIS and violin by ANNA PHOEBE.

An Innocent Man was directed and written by Jess Cope and produced by John Cope.

YOVA's Website

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Universal Truth

Client : Opeth

Directed by Jess Cope - 2019

Official track "Universal Truth" (English Version) from OPETH's thirteenth album, In Cauda Venenum, out now via Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast.

Opeth Website

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People Who Eat Darkness

Client: Steven Wilson

Directed by Jess Cope - 2017

Here's a short clip from my most recent animation, created to accompany Steven Wilson's song People Who Eat Darkness. Steven says "Jess' work has become synonymous with the more sad and tragic songs in my catalogue, such as Routine and The Raven That Refused to Sing, but this one is for a completely different type of song, and the film comes across like a dark horror that combines elements of Frank Miller​ and Alfred Hitchcock​'s Rear Window. The full animation will be screened exclusively at shows on the forthcoming To the Bone tour". Note: there are no plans to release this video online at present.

Steven Wilson's Website

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Passenger : Beautiful Birds

Client : Passenger

Directed by Jess Cope - 2017

Beautiful Birds featuring BIRDY, with artwork by Adam Oehlers, animated by Luke Simpson and produced by Partizan.

Passenger's Website

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Here Comes Revenge

Client : Metallica

Directed by Jess Cope - 2016

From the album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct". Directed by Jessica Cope. Produced by Alex Halley.

Metallica's Website

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Routine

Client : Steven Wilson

Directed by Jess Cope - 2015

Owl House Studios is pleased to announce the release of our latest film for Steven Wilson's track Routine. The film has been shown on stage around the world with Steven's 2015 Hand. Cannot. Erase tour but is now available for public viewing.

Routine was directed by Jess Cope, written by Tom Kaye and Jess Cope and produced by Tom Kaye.

Steven Wilson's Website

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Mountain Top

Client : Devin Townsend

Directed by Jess Cope - 2014

Mountain Top tells the story of a man and his robot companion sailing through space. One day they come across a planet, however the planet is not all it seems. The film was made as part of Devin Townsend's Casualties of Cool album.

"I have been a fan of Jessica Cope's work for a while now, and the opportunity to work with her rose for this album and we are thrilled with the result."

Read Interview with The Independent

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Drive Home

Client : Steven Wilson

Directed by Jess Cope - 2013

From Steven Wilson's album 'The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)', Drive Home is the story of Charles, searching for his lost love, Lucy. One day a chance find triggers haunting memories and leads Charles towards the truth. Based on a short story and original artwork by Hajo Müller.

Both of those animations (Drive Home and The Raven that Refused to Sing) are done by one Jess Cope, a South African animator who also worked on Frankenweenie and whose style is influenced by Tim Burton. Ms. Cope and Mr. Wilson are perfect foils for one another, and I hope that they will work together again in the future.

Louderthanwar

Steven Wilson's Website

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2014 Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival Audience Award Winner

Passenger : Patience

Client : Skyharbour

Directed by Jess Cope - 2014

Beautiful Birds featuring BIRDY, with artwork by Adam Oehlers, animated by Luke Simpson and produced by Partizan.

Skyharbor's Website

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King's Highway

Client : Scorpion Child

Directed by Jess Cope - 2014

This film was made for US rock band Scorpion Child's self-titled debut album. It was made using a combination of paper puppets, oil on glass and digital effects. A man's journey is cut short when his car breaks down on a remote highway and strange things start to happen.

Jess Cope's work for our new 'Kings Highway' video is masterful! We are enamored by her artistic eye and ability to create a fantasy trip with an ethereal visual that's captivating and timeless.

Aryn Black, Scorpion Child on blabbermouth.net

Nuclear Blast Website

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The Raven That Refused To Sing

Client : Steven Wilson

Directed by Jess Cope & Simon Cartwright - 2013

Elijah lives alone in his cabin in the woods, sworn to a life of solitude after the death of his sister during their childhood. While foraging in the woods, he encounters a Raven that sings to him, like his sister did when he was young. He captures the Raven, hoping its singing will return his sister to him in some way. Based on a short story and original artwork by Hajo Müller.

While every other song on the album feels rooted in reality, this song has a feeling of fantasy about it that I really enjoy. Perhaps that feeling is because of the song's video, which is a sight to behold. The whole thing is done in a cut-out paper style, which gives it an amazing, hand-crafted feel. It makes you think that the creation process behind the song was an enormous investment of time and effort, which, based on the level of emotion I feel when hearing it I'm sure it must have been.

Progrocket.com

Steven Wilson's website

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Drag Ropes

Client : Storm Corrosion

Directed by Jess Cope - 2012

The first film from Owl House Studios, Drag Ropes was made for the Storm Corrosion album, a collaboration between Steven Wilson and Mikael Åkerfeldt. The film tells the sad story of a man forced to execute the love of his life and the vengeance that ensues.

Storm Corrosion Website

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The Astronomer's Sun

Client : Duchy Parade Films Limited Production for Channel 4

Directed by Jess Cope & Simon Cartwright - 2012

Henry, accompanied by his mysterious mechanical bear, visits an abandoned observatory to confront memories of his past and follow his Father on a journey into the unknown. A magical journey about relationships and what it is to be human.

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