REM Hollow Man in Music Video

R.E.M. has released a music video for the single, “Hollow Man”, taken from the April 2008 album, Accelerate. Live action and animated typography are combined together to express something of the disorientation found in the song.

I've become the hollow man


Hollow Man was released through Warner Music, which explains the disappearance of all copies of this video from YouTube.

REM – Hollowman

Credits for Hollow Man Music Video

Filming, design and animation was shot by directors Gary Thomas and Stefan Woronko via Crush, Toronto, with executive producer Jo Ann Cook, producer Stephanie Pennington.

Inside my head

Gary Thomas explains on Digital Arts some of the background to the Crush interpretation of Hollow Man…

“We started out feeling like typography was going to be the main device, then felt a hand-animated section would give it the humanity the words needed, then as we explored, thought a live-action representation would connect all the elements. The digital “avatar” came from comments about performing the song at SXSW, and it went on to becoming the symbolic heart of the video.”

“The video successfully captures the paranoia, emptiness and claustrophobia of the track. “When we first started talking to Michael about the meaning behind the lyrics, the song really struck a chord with us,” says Thomas. “We all fear losing who we are or getting so far down a path, either in career or personally, that we can’t get back. We wanted to build on that as our theme. The idea of isolation, the universality of that and to see how that moment of realization, the explosion of understanding changes your path.”

See Hollow Man in quicktime format at Glossy Inc and Motionographer.

Lyrics for Hollow Man

I’ve been lost inside my head,
Echoes fall off me.
I took the prize last night for complicatedness
For saying things I didn’t mean and don’t believe.

Believe in me, believe in nothing
Corner me and make me something
I’ve become the hollow man,
Have I become the hollow man I see?

Mmmmmm I see…This echoing.

You have placed your trust in me.
I went upside-down.
I emptied out the room in thirty seconds flat,
I can’t believe you held your ground.

Believe in me, believe in nothing
Corner me and make me something
I’ve become the hollow man,
Have I become the hollow man I see?

I’m overwhelmed, I’m on repeat,
I’m emptied out, I’m incomplete.
You trusted me, I want to show you
I don’t want to be the hollow man.

Believe in me, believe in nothing
Corner me and make me something
I’ve become the hollow man,
Have I become the hollow man I see?
I see…

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