Jason Brown is a child of the '80s. The animator has worked for the CBC (producing a 3D map of Toronto for a segment on urban cyclists) and he’s built sets for stage productions. But his new project is his most ambitious yet.
Epic Super Cut 2016 may not have the most scintillating title, but it’s a visually stunning reimagining of scenes from his favourite movies, such as Mad Max, Life of Pi, Pirates of the Caribbea, and The Fall. There are also local shots of the Eaton Centre and the laneway behind where Brown lives, but it’s what he adds to these scenes that is interesting - digital people waking up, playing violins, feeding gators, wandering throughout malls and rubble, and all of them looking quite authentic.
The video was created using Reallusion’s animation software, and it is set to Strange Advances’s We Run. “Strange Advance were the masters of ‘space opera’,” he tells me. “Every song paints a futuristic landscape in my mind. Turns out those guys read a lot of pulp sci-fi, and so did I. I love the mix of electric and analog instruments - oboe and harps, the sexy percussion line. Actually the oboe and harp pulls this song into ‘sea pirates’ territory, which is why I thought the video needed pirates.” Indeed.
“It was nice not to have any deadline nor boss to answer to,” he says. “So all in all, it took six months of crashing my computer, living in those animated worlds, and really trying to make a video worthy of the song in the process.” And after all that, it turned out beautifully.