There are few British filmmakers that can maintain the balance between melancholy and the macabre, sombre and vibrant and do it with such poise.

"It's something I like to play with, light & dark, hopeless vs hopeful. Terrifying and uplifting. Being able to appreciate the importance of dealing with both."

An alumni of Wimbledon School of Art with a degree in Practical Effects, Corin Hardy was raised on a diet of Ray Harryhausen monster movies, dark 70s childrens books and Morph. His predilection for unconventional animation is one he has never lost from a very young age. He spent hours in his garden shed at his parents home in East Sussex.

"It was an electric thrill that I looked forward to every day after school and in the holidays. Something magical, trying to recreate cable-controlled latex monsters, make-up FX and gore and to capture it on film, or video and watch it back, add sound effects. Empowering and exciting."

I posses a personal infatuation with the art of animation, every inch or pixel of an animated frame is designed and intentional, Corin openly admits to sharing my narcissistic love, "The painstaking effort gets rewarded by being able to play god 100%. There really is nothing you cannot do with animation, depending on your own rules and parameters, given enough time and dedication... and insanity."

The public en masse will be most affiliated with Corin's video for The Prodigy's 'Warriors Dance' where he, through the use of arduous puppeteer work, brings cigarette cartons to life.

More recently Corin released the film for Devlin's track 'Watchtower', I say film rather than music video because it plays as just that. A short film with lines of dialogue often layered above the music track. "That was the plan," Corin confirms: "Make a short film, that looked like a feature film, that was a music video." The intensely cinematic film follows Devlin and featuring artist Ed Sheeren through a multi-stranded crime narrative in a Shane Meadows-esque landscape.

"The track, lyrics and feel of the song formed a story for me, inspired by a mix of classic crime movies where they face an impossible, potentially fatal outcome. We discussed it and I met with some of the actors, but like a lot of music videos, we did not have the luxury of much prep or rehearsal time and had to shoot fast & furious."

Corin Hardy's most accomplished opus (in my humble opinion) was also one of his earliest. The short animated film 'Butterfly' has garnered much acclaim on the festival circuit. It is dark, beautiful, abstract and conceptually rich, "In terms of fantastical and macabre, the things I like most have an element of imagination behind them - or a sense of unreality within the real. And I prefer the atmosphere darkness brings, at least as a backdrop to find light in. I mean this both figuratively and also literally in terms of an aesthetic. An oil painting or a photograph. It is what is appealing to me."

These themes of the fantastical and the macabre are ones that often appear throughout Hardy's meandering body of work, and are often expertly weighted, best displayed here in 'Butterfly' (buy here). The film is a corridor of displayed antithesis which its director tenderly leads you down while he scrawls alluring nightmares on its palpitating walls. And I can't urge you to seek it out enough.

Corin has directed videos for Biffy Clyro, The Horrors, Keane, Paulo Nutini, McFly and Olly Murs amongst others (with Academy Films/A+). He is current creative director for Dry The River and has feature films in the works. You can visit Corin at corinhardy.com.