'I Was The First Tetrapod', Music Video

by Richard Ainsley in Leeds, England, United Kingdom

'I Was The First Tetrapod', Music Video
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On 19th February 2020 we successfully raised £525 with 20 supporters in 42 days

'I Was The First Tetrapod' will be a moving, darkly comic music video and Northern Film School graduation film for Leeds band Jellyskin.

by Richard Ainsley in Leeds, England, United Kingdom

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"I was the first Tetrapod to crawl out  the sea..."


On the beach, the only movement is the waves crashing on to the shoreline. That is until out of the grey depths comes the Tetrapod, a humanoid sea creature who just wants to find companionship on land. Set against Jellyskin's unique post punk electronica sound , from the bleak beach to the big city we follow the Tetrapod's quest for company in this strange new world.

This project will be a music video executed by a small crew of third year students from the Northern Film School in Leeds.

With the predominant themes being alienation and loneliness, visually and narratively we have taken inspiration from such works as ‘Submarine’ and ‘Under the Skin’, some parts of which also take place in a coastal setting.


Richard Ainsley- Director: Originally cutting his teeth at the Bristol Old Vic Young Company Richard can now be found behind the camera and is a budding film director. At then end of 2018 he directed the dark comedy short film; Floor Five which came 3rd in the Film School's audience award.  His passion though, is in making music videos and this will be his fifth for the Leeds duo. 

Kane Haslm- Co Cinematographer: Kane is a lover of all things art, he is an aspiring cinematographer, designer and photographer and will be the co-cinematograher for this film. One of his biggest accomplishments was being the Director of Photography for the short film, The Funeral. He has also had cinematography roles on other short films, such as: I Sell Prawns, Floor Five and Working for the Woman.

Joe Rowan- Co Cinematographer: Joe is a passionate filmmaker who has worked on multiple graduation films in the Lighting and Camera department during his time at the Northern Film School such as "Iolyn" and "Ballast". Joe has also worked on art films, short films and feature films for productions such as the BBC and the British Film Institute

Liam Watson: Post Production/ First Assistant Director: Since he started  studying at the Northen film school his passion for editing has grown and has lead to him heading the post production department of some exciting projects. Most notably he was the editor and colour grader for the short film Floor Five and the documentary Yes Leeds, which followed Leeds United's loyal fan base as they battled for promotion in the 2018/19 season.

We have the team, we have the story but unfortunately we do not have the funds. This is where you can help. Any amount you can spare will help us in making and delivering this film to a professional standard. Here's some of what your money will go towards.

Make Up /Prosthetics: We want our tetrapod to look less Creature from the Black Lagoon and more Shape of the Water. Your money will go towards making him look realistic and this will be a key part of the film.

Transport: As all of this film will be shot on location so some of your donation will be going on petrol money and train tickets to and from the coastal town we decide on using, current contenders are Scarborough and Whitby. Further, we cannot pay the actors, however all travel expenses are paid so money will be spent on getting them from wherever they are from, to us in Leeds

Food: A hungry crew is a grumpy crew, help us stay fed on set!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and we hope you can consider donating to help us make our film. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Contributor Credit

Get your name listed in the end credits as a contributor!

£10 or more

Signed Poster

Get a contributor credit and a poster for the music video signed by the band!

£25 or more

Band T-shirt

Get a contributor credit, a signed poster and a fresh Jellyskin t-shirt!

£50 or more

Executive Producer Credit

Be named as an Executive Producer for the music video as well as getting a signed poster, you will have made huge difference to the film.

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