Canadian rapper D-Sisive just dropped a new video, directed by Briin Bernstein (a former member of our team) and Daniel Rosenberg, and it's both awesome and adorable.
The clip is for the tune 'Friend of Mine' and it features a junior version of D-Sisive hanging out on the schoolyard and in the classroom (alongside a younger version of rapper/producer Muneshine), where he falls for one of his fellow students and learns the painful side of young love.
The image on the left is a shot from D-Sisive's Instagram of the full-sized rapper with his miniature counterpart, Davis, on set.
Briin told Strombo.com the on-set experience was "surreal" because both D-Sisive and Muneshine "plus their mini-me doppelgangers were around wearing the same clothes, tattoos, hats..."
Davis is "a super-nice 11-year-old kid," Briin says, "but whenever we called 'action' this thugged-out persona would come out, and then once we called cut he was back to being a typical 11 year old."
The video is well worth a couple of minutes of your time.
Another former member of our team directed Toronto band Hollerado's latest video for 'So It Goes', which is more than just a music video.
The Marc Ricciardelli-directed clip is a nearly 10-minute documentary about the band's lead singer, Menno Versteeg, meeting the grandson of the Nazi SS officer who spared Versteeg's grandfather's life during the Second World War.
Karel Versteeg was an active member of the Dutch resistance during the war, and he was captured in 1942.
His captor, the head of German counter-intelligence in the occupied Netherlands, decided to spare Versteeg's life after talking with him.
Ricciardelli told Strombo.com a little bit about the production of the video.
"We spent a week shooting in Holland, specifically Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague and a small town called Kinderdijk where we shot some biking and the windmill performance," he said in an email.
"Flying to Munich with Menno was great and capturing the 'meeting' was nerve-wracking and exciting. The phone call was goose-bump inducing as well - we were all nervous as we filmed Menno making contact with the German's grandson for the first time."
It's a powerful story, and the video shows the band in many of the actual locations where it took place, including the cell in the "Oranjehotel" (a Nazi prison building) where Karel Versteeg was imprisoned for years.
Ricciardelli told Strombo.com that the current management of the Oranjehotel building has seen the video, and said they are "'very impressed' with the video and the use of the cell."
The song itself is based on a poem that the younger Versteeg wrote after his grandfather passed away.