City and Colour Goes Interactive
Earlier this year, Toronto's City and Colour teamed with Gord Downie to release Sleeping Sickness - the second single off of C&C's sophomore album. Not only is it a great song, but they created an amazing interactive video to go with it. Essentially, the viewer is given an omniscient perspective looking down into a neighbourhood of decapitated houses. Using simple keyboard and mouse commands, the viewer can scan over different houses zooming in and out to find Green and Downie (among others) stricken with, shall I say, sleeping sickness.
What I like best about the video is its intersection between a seemingly virtual world - reminiscent of The Sims or Second Life - and that of a live-action video. It's fun to fly above the different happenings and sit in amazement at how they constructively stitched all the shots together.
The video was directed by Montreal-based, Vincent Morisset, and produced by Toronto's Spy Films. Here's a link to the interactive version where you can also watch the "making of" video and see photos from the shoot. Above is the TV version.
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