‘Dolly Said No to Elvis’ by Mark Nevin is the true story of Dolly Parton refusing to part with her song ‘I will always love you’ when Colonel Tom Parker wanted to take 50% of the royalties if Elvis recorded it. Luckily she later said yes to someone rather special… We spoke to Heather Colbert, who directed and animated the official music video, about her work as a stop motion animator and model maker.
Can you tell us about yourself and your work as a stop motion animator and model maker. What’s your background and how did you get into animation?
You recently directed and animated the official music video for ‘Dolly Said No to Elvis’ by Mark Nevin. Can you tell us more about this?
This was my third animation commission, and I had recently been part of an intensive stop motion workshop in Budapest, run by Joseph Wallace and Péter Vácz, so I wanted to really push myself and create something more ambitious than my first music video, Bibimbap, for Ori Dagan. “Dolly Said No to Elvis” was created in two months, and I set up a makeshift studio in my grandmother’s dining room.
How do you get your ideas? Who or what is your inspiration?
When I get back to the UK, I feel very lucky to be part of the placement scheme at Aardman where I will spend a few weeks in the animation department. I’m also looking forward to meeting up with the lovely community of animators in Bristol to talk about possible future projects we could work on.