Private Project

Ten Degrees of Strange

Trying to outrun anxiety, seeking joy and strength in landscape and movement.

"Ten Degrees of Strange" is a music video based on a song by Robert Macfarlane and Johnny Flynn, from the album Lost in the Cedar Wood, directed and animated by Lynn Tomlinson. Taking inspiration from The Epic of Gilgamesh, an ancient story written on clay tablets, and responding to the strangeness of the global pandemic, this story of loss and hope in nature is told through colorful, shifting, changing, morphing clay on glass animation.

  • Lynn Tomlinson
    The Elephant's Song, The Ballad of Holland Island House
  • Lynn Tomlinson
    The Elephant's Song, The Ballad of Holland Island House
  • Robert Macfarlane
    Robert Macfarlane is a British writer and Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He is best known for his books on landscape, nature, place, people and language, which include The Old Ways, Landmarks, The Lost Words and Underland
  • Johnny Flynn
    Johnny Flynn is a British songwriter and actor who has released several albums, including Lost in the Cedar Wood, written with Robert Macfarlane. As an actor he has starred in Emma, Vanity Fair, Stardust, Love Sick, and many more.
  • Craig Saper
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Animation, Music Video
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Ottawa International Animation Festival
    September 25, 2021
    Best Commissioned Animation
  • Chesapeake Film Festival
    Easton, Maryland
    United States
    October 3, 2021
  • Fantoche

    Music VIdeo Darlings
  • Animasyros
    September 22, 2021
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival
    Ann Arbor
    United States
    March 23, 2022
  • Annecy International Animation Film Festival
    June 13, 2022
Director Biography - Lynn Tomlinson

Lynn Tomlinson animates moving clay paintings that transform and shift perspectives. Her work explores environmental themes, often imagining how non-human beings might view humanity's impact.

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Director Statement

One of the unexpected benefits of the pandemic is that isolation forces us to find creative ways to work together, such as this international collaboration, devised entirely through emails and video chats. Robert Macfarlane and Johnny Flynn reached out to me about the possibility of creating a film to accompany their song, “Ten Degrees of Strange,” and as we talked, it became clear that my clay animation technique would be a perfect fit to tell this tale inspired by the Epic of Gilgamesh, which was written on clay tablets in cuneiform. As a medium, clay holds a lot of power— its malleability allows me to transition fluidly from scene to scene, much as the natural world shifts and evolves over time. In many ways my clay on glass animation is naturally suited for telling stories about the passage of time, evolving perspectives, and cycles in nature.
It was a risk to take this project on, because my technique takes about three hours for a finished second of animation, but I knew right away that this was something I wanted to do, so I worked round the clock from February through April. It is a wonderful song, full of energy and nuance, and though I listened to it hundreds of times as I worked, it never lost its magic.