Prism Prize Video: Said The Whale - UnAmerican

The 2019 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded last month to Kevan Funk, for his clip for Belle Game’s Low. We will continue to profile the nominated videos, including this one from a popular Vancouver indie rock band. Slaight Music is Patron Sponsor for the Prism Prize.

Said the Whale - UnAmerican

Vancouver band Said The Whale serves up a real visual treat with the video for its raucous catchy single, UnAmerican.

The video is entirely handmade, using 2,250 separate pieces of paper, and no visual effects or green screens were used in the making - a pretty impressive feat when you see the final product. It boasts the unbridled creativity that one would expect from director and motion designer, Johnny Jansen, who brings his unique eye and aesthetic to the visual.

The process of creating the video took over four days and required meticulous pre-planning. Each piece of paper, which was printed with a frame of a previously filmed performance video of the band, was then photographed frame-by-frame by the production team.

What results is a wildly creative video you’ll want to watch over again - if only to try and figure out how they even did it. The clip has earned 290K YouTube views.


Video produced by Johnny Jansen in association with Foreshadow Films and Amazing Factory.

Director: Johnny Jansen

Producer: Josh Huculiak

Production Designer: Cayne McKenzie

Editor: Johnny Jansen

DOP: Thomas Affolter

Animators: Nathan Affolter and Jon Affolter

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