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This week Nadia Tan and I unveiled our new music video creation for artist Dan Griffin via Exclaim. The themes in both the song BORDERTOWN and the eponymous EP are inspired by Dan’s recent move to Windsor, Ontario, and they prompted us to shoot the state of flux of the Windsor-Detroit area.

As said by Dan himself in the write-up in Exclaim:

“We wanted to capture real moments of young people living in these cities and finding meaning in their surroundings and in each other. ‘Bordertown’ is about the relationship between a state of mind and where we live. It’s about the way borders and cities help shape the way we identify ourselves… ultimately it’s about redefining yourself on your own terms and finding meaningful connections in the people and places around you.”

Extra special thanks to Robin, Lucas, Joel, Nick, Hill and Dinger for featuring their talents in the video, and especially to our friend Dave Todon for showing us around all the best spots in Windsor and Detroit and whose ongoing photography series of the area has been a longstanding source of inspiration.

I’m pleased to introduce our newest creation, a handmade paper cut out live-action-turned-stop-motion music video for Arkells. It’s true what the above blog post tells you – Nadia and I shot the video live action, exported an image sequence, printed 2465 frames of video on paper, and had select portions cut out of each shot. Then we played with paper backgrounds, photographed each collage, threw those photographs back into FCP and there you have it… Arkells are on paper, literally, for your viewing enjoyment.

Special thanks to gaffer Dan Whitton who helped me achieve just the right amount of separation and depth in our lighting to aid in our creative cutting process, and to Steadicam operator Brad Hruboska – we absolutely love the effect of those fluid camera moves in stop motion, and the way they helped us play with scale in this paper world.

Here are some photos of our pitch and process – much of the look of the photography was influenced by Barry Feinstein’s shots of Bob Dylan in the 1960s (seen below, Photoshopped with our collage technique applied):

“On Paper” is now in heavy rotation on MuchMusic, MuchMoreMusic and MuchLoud.

American friends, you can click here to read a nice write-up about the video and see the US release on Pure Volume or watch the hi-res version on Vimeo.

Arkells talked to us about doing a music video for a new one off of their upcoming album, Michigan Left. Citing our use of text in past work and our documentary aesthetic leanings, the band entrusted us with their vision for KISS CAM… and here it is:

A huge thank you must go out to all of the fans who became a part of this project, and to all of the participants who enthusiastically looked into our cameras for Kiss Cam.

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