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Posted: 2011 12-05


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Outside Music

Directed by Jared Raab. From the new album "Us Little Devils" in stores and online now

On the surface, the video is intended to captures some of the raw energy of the Sunparlour Players live show but we also wanted to do something that was technically interesting to shoot but could be pulled off on a small budget.

Working as always with the talented team at Vulture Culture Films we devised a concept to shoot a video was that uses no actual film lighting. Instead, the entire thing was lit by multiple video projectors, projecting textures onto the band. I collected hundreds of video textures including tree branches, leaves and grasses, which were then edited and projected onto the band as they played. The other thing that makes the video somewhat unique is that every single shot, except the last two are reflections in one or more mirrors. Working closely with cinematographer Peter Dreimanis, I set up a series of wonky mirrors at various angles around the band, which allowed us to get shots that would have otherwise been impossible. Working with mirrors is always a bit of a challenge, and I'm sure if you look closely at the video, there is more than one shot of the crew in there.

We shot very quickly over the course of one smokey and sweaty evening at The Sixth Gallery (1642 Queen Street West, Toronto). The Sixth is an unbelievably cool space, filled with all sorts of wonderful sculptures and home-made instruments by gallery owner and artist Iner Souster. The gritty, mechanical sculptures and eccentric wooden decor seemed a perfect compliment to the Sunparlour Players sound.

In the end, what we managed to get was a video that appears quite organic, despite it's technologically complicated origins. Most importantly though, it gives me great pleasure to say we quite literally made it with smoke and mirrors.

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