Q&A with Our Alberta Music Video Winning Team for Mercy

Written by TELUS on Friday September 4, 2015

We’ve wrapped up the Music Video Edition of STORYHIVE, and after months of hard work and stiff competition, two winners were selected: Falling for the Evening (Vancouver) and Mercy (Calgary).

We had a chat with each winning team to learn more about them and the inside scoop on their experience with STORYHIVE.

This interview features Laura Combden, creator of Mercy. For some behind the scenes outtake watch the "Making of Mercy".

Q. How did you get started in music videos?

Laura Combden: My interest in live music, especially independent Canadian music, naturally merged with my background in film. This is my first music video, but I’ve always had my foot in the Canadian music scene so I think this is just the beginning.

Q. What’s your favourite music genre?

LC: I’m not sure how to answer that as I don’t object to any music genre, but I will say that you’ll see me at the South Country Fair or Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Music Festival before you’ll see me at X Fest.

Q. What was the inspiration behind your music video?

LC: When I heard the story of the dancing plague, like most people, I was fascinated, inspired and very curious about what it would have looked like. I thought it had a very visual element that would translate well to a music video.

Q. What did you learn through STORYHIVE?

LC: I learned the importance of a strong concept while working with such a large cast and crew. Everyone believed in it, and brought their own version to the story.

Q. What was the most memorable moment working on this project?

LC: The day of the shoot felt like magic, watching it all come together is something I’ll never forget.

Q. What’s the one thing you think people applying to STORYHIVE should know?

LC: I read somewhere that if you have a question to answer, and don’t know the answer, throw it at the concept and it will answer it.

Q. What’s your top tip for someone looking to get into the music video world?

LC: Work with filmmakers, work with musicians and watch music videos. Get inspired.

Q. What’s next for you?

LC: The next three months I’ll be working with Aaron Bernakevitch on another video for Petunia and a short documentary. I hope to shoot a music video next summer for another artist I’ve always loved, but for the winter I’ll do what I always do. Stay indoors, read books, watch films and get inspired.

STORYHIVE is a Kickstarter-inspired online platform where local content creators can pitch their video project ideas for a chance at grant funding from TELUS.

The Digital Shorts Edition, open to residents of B.C. and Alberta, is now accepting submissions until October 11. We’re calling on all creators, including filmmakers, artists, directors, writers, performers, and animators, to push the limits and pitch out-of-the box and genre-bending ideas. Check out this video to see what it’s all about, and enter your pitch now. You could win up to $10,000 to produce your digital short, training and mentorship from industry professionals and get distribution through TELUS Optik TV on demand!

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