The 2022 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was recently awarded to Mustafa, for his clip for his own track, Ali. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos that were eligible for the 2022 prize, including this one from a slick Toronto alt-pop duo.
The Darcys - Running For The Hills
The Darcys are a two-piece rock band from Toronto consisting of Jason Couse & Wes Marskell. In 2014, their album Warring earned them a Juno nomination for Alternative Album of the Year. Their latest single, Washed Away, was released in July 2022, and you can listen to it today on audio streaming services.
The music video for Running For The Hills is gripping. Right off the bat, we have a man in a bloody t-shirt running desperately, leaving the audience to wonder what has happened. Once the lyrics start, the scene changes to match the song and we have the man watching the sunrise over the city skyline. As the song goes on we get pieces of what happened that night - all being played in reverse.
These scenes being presented to us in this way really help build the story’s tension. In addition, we have these gritty shots that look like a crime scene with blood spatter that enhances the true crime documentary vibe. They leave us wondering ‘what happened?’, ‘did someone die?’, ‘did he kill someone?’. In the end, we find out what happened, but you’ll have to watch the video to find out for yourself.
Creative Director: Emma Higgins
Director: Arden Grier
Editor: Christine Armstrong
Production Manager: Alice Barros
Director of Photography: Tamara Santos
1st AC: Marco Marchiori
Steadicam Op: James Greer
Gaffer: Michael Rosner
Key Grip: Monty Sloan
Grip: Patrick Le
Swing: Conrad Holzman
SPFX: Veronica Rodarte
Colorist: Aleks Ver
PAs: Griffin Burns + Max Johnson