No man is an island. Unless he’s Tom Goss. The fun, cute song, “Make Believe” and accompanying music video is a must-see. In the video, the DC-based singer-songwriter’s body is transformed into an island paradise on which an animated duo have an imagination-filled adventure amidst monsters, a dragon, a volcano and a bear-piloted airplane.
The human time-lapse video features a (discreetly) naked Tom lying perfectly still on his back while nationally renowned painter Scott G. Brooks transforms his body into a tropical landscape lush with vines and flowers. All the while, a shipwrecked character and his local guide invent a series of playful games while escaping the dangers lurking around this most unusual Isle of Man.
The video, Tom’s fifth, was shot in one 80-minute take, with help from ten off-camera puppeteers. Each second of video time took 28 seconds to film; a strategically-placed clock tracks the real time.
In addition to painting Tom, Brooks also drew 159 different versions of the main characters, a clumsy circle and a trickster triangle, which come to life via time-lapse. Another nationally known DC artist, Dave Peterson, created the dragon, sea monsters, and flying bear.
The video was directed by Aram Vartian and Michael Key.