Chris Boyle is a director with a string of visually sharp music videos to his name. His videos bare the hallmarks of animation mixed with live action (he is a self-taught animator) and a sense of humour running throughout. Comedy, he says, is a "recurring theme" in his videos as he likes to direct songs which don't take themselves too seriously.

That idea of making music videos which don't take themselves too seriously reaches its zenith with the video for 'Reset', by Three Trapped Tigers. It's a frenzied nine minutes showing the life and times of a messiah stroke deluded fantasist who has performed a series of miracles in his young life. Underlying the comic potential is the appearance of Dr Lucien Sanchez as said messiah.

Reset is a song without those pesky words to add meaning, does this help?

"In general I find it a little easier to work on tracks that have no lyrics as briefs are a bit more open and you can be a bit more freeform in the edit, although artists are usually fairly understanding when you mess about with their track."

Indeed TTT were happy to add extra track for the video. And for his latest video Emmy the Great has allowed him to go on a "diversion" from the track for a couple of minutes.

The extra few seconds on 'Reset' is gratefully received. It's a great video, capturing the energy of a great song and it's also a triumph of Boyle's animation.

"My background is in animation and doing it myself was how I first started getting commissions."

Boyle has continued to stick with it.

"Now it's a budget thing. Much as though I'd love to work with an artist who could afford for me to shoot a boat from a helicopter (I'm talking to you, T-Pain), at the moment it's more likely that I'll have to use a 3d boat."

Animation might be cheaper, but with constant updates those cost must spiral, surely?

"I use a combination of 2d and 3d animation packages and NLE's - whatever works for the job really. The only piece of technology that gets updated fairly regularly would be the camera that I shoot on as there's always something available to rent that needs less light and looks better."

Boyle now has a core team around him. He uses the same DOP and Art Director in all his videos. The team on all the videos might be the same but Boyle doesn't like to tread the same ground twice: "I'm wary of stamping work to the extent that you're only making variations on a theme," he says.

He certainly has variety. There's the video for 'Whiplash', by Little Fish, a black and white offering where the lead singer puts in one hell of a performance. Then there's 'I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You' by Black Kids. A song and video which should produce instant recall as it became the official and ever present theme of 2007. Boyle's also directed 'Tatoo' by the Who, a video which has no live action and is 100% animated.

One of my favourite Boyle videos is for the song 'Down', by the two-piece outfit Summer Camp. It's inspired by John Carpenter and the tumblr, 'If We Don't, Remember Me'. It also shows the sheer number of favours you have to call in to make a video (pretty sure the drummer from Brontide is in there somewhere).

Here he is talking about it.

"The concept was to make a series of looping Tim Burton/John Carpenter moments. A cross between Beetlejuice and Halloween.

"There were two main challenges in making the video. Firstly, technically shooting it so that it would all loop. Secondly, a tiny budget.

"The looping shots were made by finding actions that could be repeated live, i.e. shooting someone flicking the jelly repeatedly, then isolating the movement in post and freezing the rest of the frame. The budget issue was solved by getting a bunch of people to work for free, shooting in a friend's house, and borrowing a camera. In various shots you can see me, my flatmates, my girlfriend, the production manager, the 1st AD and the Art director. Basically I burnt all my favours for a year in 180 seconds!"