Gimme Your Answers (Prism Prize): An Interview w/ Natalie Rae Robison, director of Kandle’s “Not Up to Me”

Natalie Rae Robison
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 Natalie Rae Robison — director of Kandle’s Not Up to Me — 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.

Natalie Rae Robison: Grew up with family in the industry so I was exposed to it at an early age, then studied communications and film at University.

AMBY: What inspired the story/concept told in your nominated video?

Natalie Rae Robison: It’s a true story that Kandle experienced growing up. But it’s also a story about young women struggling with self confidence issues that I think is relatable to a lot of women. I have certainly gone through phases like that growing up as well and it was usually other young girl’s judgements who made the feelings worse. What I liked about the Not Up to Me story is that is shines light on how much young women need to be there for each other.

AMBY: What was one of the highlights you had while creating the video?

Natalie Rae Robison: Shooting the underwater day was very different and surprisingly calm. By the end of the day we had our own sign language between the camera operators and really built up stamina with the talent. The whole room was totally silence and everything was crazy under water!

AMBY: Which other videos or films have you been enjoying lately?

Natalie Rae Robison: Loving House of Cards season 3 right now!

AMBY: If you could work with any other musician to collaborate on a new video with, which would you choose?

Natalie Rae Robison: Florence and the Machine

AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about you that nobody knows yet?

Natalie Rae Robison: I hope to make a video for a song I write one day.

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Thank you Natalie, for giving us your answers!

Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout

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