The 2019 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Kevan Funk, for his clip for Belle Game’s Low. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos, including this one from a popular and acclaimed East Coast indie rock band.
Wintersleep - Forest Fire
Acclaimed Canadian indie rock band, Wintersleep is based in Halifax and comprises Paul Murphy, Loel Campbell, Tim d'Eon, Jon Samuel, and Chris Bell.
The music video for Forest Fire is directed by Christopher Mills and features an unique animated twist.
He says, “We wanted‘Forest Fire to be a stage play on a grand scale, in which Mother Nature conquers over all. This was a fun video to make. Members of the band sent video performances over iPhones - I mapped and built these into ‘puppet faces’ on the houses, with the aim of giving each house its own personality, as our ‘hero house’ gently serenades his neighbor, soothing her with love throughout a series of catastrophic events. A theatrical narrative of random events occurring over time, culminates in a fiery conclusion, vying for an operatic and dark undertone. There's a sort of ‘digital veneer’ that some might find mildly abrasive - while others might see this as ‘painterly’. Either way, what’s for sure is that the pianos are lightning, the guitar solo is definitely fire, and the bass guitar is the ocean that holds it all in.”
Directed, animated and edited by Christopher Mills of Number Four Films.