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To capture the tone of the song for a video, the group worked with director Christopher Mills, who shot exteriors in different parts of Toronto and captured the band in front of a green screen so he could juxtapose them with
illustrations and treatments that evoked the feeling behind the song.
“I found the song to be really haunting and beautiful, so the original concept for the video was based on a very loose idea of exploring empty, dissonant places, and to more of a visual essay that put ‘the music on the wind that passes through,’” Mills says. “The plan was to fill these spaces with these drawings, and ‘ghostly light and effects’ in ways that complimented the music.” He accomplished this with some help from French illustrator and producer Gaëlle Legrand and director-videographer Colin Medley, who found the graffiti-strewn walls that dance about in the video.
“In August, Canada’s Juno nominated band “Great Lake Swimmers” visited McLellan Group’s ‘Eastern Office’ in the 1000 Islands. With a couple of great shooters, perfect weather, underwater cameras and the River’s funkiest barge, we created their official video for “Ballad of a Fisherman’s Wife” from their “New Wild Everywhere” album.”
– Doug McLellan