The Prism Prize is an award established to recognize the artistry of the modern music video in Canada. After watching hundreds of videos, a jury consisting of journalists, filmmakers, artists, and other members of the Canadian music and film industries voted for their favourite music video to win a Grand Prize of $5, 000.
With the Top 10 Best Canadian Music Videos of 2014 officially announced to the public, A Music Blog, Yea? were pleased when given the chance to interview the 2015 Prism Prize nominated filmmakers. In this interview, we speak with Lee Stringle — director of Odonis Odonis’ Order in the Court — to discuss their video’s highlights, favourite films, and dream collaborations. Read our interview below, and check out all of the other interviews here.
AMBY: Welcome to AMBY and congrats on being a Prism Prize nominee! Please explain to our readers how you first got into your industry.
Lee Stringle: Thank you. I am very new to this industry, this is my first music video. I got into it by deciding to do something different with my work. I had the time to experiment because I was in between jobs, so I thought I’d try my hand at animation. Fortunately, my good friend has a great band and I was able to collaborate with him.
AMBY: What inspired the story/concept told in your nominated video?
Lee Stringle: I’m a big fan of art history. When I heard this particular song, the work of Bosch instantly came to mind and I thought it would be interesting to make his world animated. Plus, half the work was done for me.
AMBY: What was one of the highlights you had while creating the video?
Lee Stringle: The highlight was seeing these characters move for the first time. I spent hours cutting out characters and scenes in Photoshop and when it finally came time to animate, it was all worth while.
AMBY: Which other videos or films have you been enjoying lately?
Lee Stringle: I really like the Chad VanGaalen videos. And Whiplash was one of my favourite films of 2014.
AMBY: If you could work with any other musician to collaborate on a new video with, which would you choose?
Lee Stringle: Probably the Quebec band Gorguts. I loved their most recent album Colored Sands. The Toronto band Thantifaxath are also excellent.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about you that nobody knows yet?
Lee Stringle: That my left foot is slightly larger then my right. Maybe that’s common.
Thank you Lee Stringle, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout