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July Talk – Picturing Love


Directed by Jared Raab


Picturing Love was born out of a discussion with July Talk about the effect of modern technology on relationships. There is a sense that the plethora of different screens we use to try to feel connected actually have the opposite effect. They either distort reality, giving us a pornographic version of romance, or worse –  they become a mirror, showing us only a narcissistic echo chamber of the same-old, same-old.

I imagined a relationship. Two people staring at each other, but between those two people are layer after layer of disorienting screens. These supposedly connected individuals are actually separated by social media, television and the vast distracting internet. At the end of the video, the two characters turn and for the first time see each other with no screen between them. They were in the same room the entire time, but distracted by each others flickering image.


Producers: Matt Greyson, Peter Dreimanis & Josh Warburton
Cinematography: Adam Crosby
Art: Adam Belanger
Set Dressing: Rachel Päärsalu Parent
VFX: Steven Davies (all of them)
Gaffer: Tony Ranieri
Makeup: Marrisa Clemence
A.C. Jackson Yeung
Steady Cam Operator: Mike Heathcote
BTS: Luca Tarantini
Set Photos: Joel Clifton
Colourist: Conor Fisher
Colour Assistant: Shawn Zacchigna


Special Thanks:
Norah Sadava, Cosette Personette, Eamon Mcgrath, Abe Sanjakdar,



July Talk – Beck + Call


Directed by Jared Raab and Quote Unquote Collective


Shot on Phantom Flex with BOLT High-Speed Cinebot @ William F. White’s Toronto


Quote Unquote Collective are Amy Nostbakken & Norah Sadava
Produced by Part & Parcel Co. (Nicole Powell, Katy Maravala)
Cinematography: Adam Crosby
Editing: Chris Murphy
Colour: Conor Fisher
Production Design: Adam Belanger
Hair & Makeup: Jessica Panetta
1st AC: Jackson Yeung
Bolt Tech: Jerry Andrews
Phantom Tech: Michael James Cherrington
Key Grip: Cliff Rammuth
Gaffer: Ryan Hernandez
Colour Assist: Shawn Zacchigna




Born Ruffians – Don’t Live Up


Shot RED 6K, using a manually controlled rotating plinth on 18ft of dolly track.


From the Born Ruffains album, ‘RUFF’, out October 2nd on Paper Bag Records in Canada and Yep Roc Records worldwide.


Directed by Jared Raab
Cinematography by Adam Crosby
Production Design by Adam Belanger
Produced by Jeff Hanes
Co-produced by Matthew Greyson

1st AC: Chris Gruggen
2nd AC/DMT: Sheena Munroe
Gaffer: Tony Ranieri
Key Grip: T.J. Richardson
Best Boy Electric: Rohan Painter
Best Boy Grip: Spencer Johnston
Hair & Makeup: Moira Garr

Colour by Conor Fisher at Alter Ego Post

Shot at Pie in the Sky Studios, Toronto

Art Department:
Erixon Bernardo
Michael Osuszek
Rachel Päärsalu-Parent
Sandro Petrillo
Bubba Southey-Gordon

Also with:
Cosette Schultz
Moira Garr
Colin Medley
Nick Tiringer
Luca Tarantini

Special Thanks:
Noah Fralick
Tim Bewcyk at Pie in the Sky Studio
Alex, Jeremy and Scott at Sleepless Records for the Van


Arkells – Come To Light


Directed by Jared Raab
Cinematography by Michael Leblanc
Produced by Matt Greyson & Josh Warburton
Production Design by Adam Belanger
LED lighting by Fezz Stenton
Colour by Conor Fisher
VFX by Matthew Nayman
Starring Christo Graham
Sound design by Paolo Di Teodoro


Vulture Culture Films 2014

Tokyo Police Club – Hot Tonight


Shot at Get Well Bar in Toronto, Canada. The video games were pre-designed by animator Mathieu Martel, and then practically cued up on a “hero” cabinet on a regular CRT television. Fun fact: The images of instruments on the video game console are all played by Graham Wright who was the only band member available that day. We shot them using Hollerado’s instruments in their jam space on a sweet little mini-dv camcorder.

Dave we shot really quick the morning of the shoot and then Adrien Vieni cut him into the shots on set.


MMVA Nominationated for best Post Production and Alternative Video of the Year


Directed by Jared Raab
Produced by Josh Warburton and Peter Dreimanis
Cinematography by Peter Dreimanis and Jared Raab
Animation and Game Design by Matthew Martel
Production Design by Adam Belanger
Featuring Get Well Bar – 1181 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Any Resemblance To Mayors Living Or Dead Is Purely Coincidental (or appears as the result of being in a drunken stupor)

Production Manager: Matt Greyson
Additional camera by Adam Crosby and Adrian Vieni
Colour by Conor Fisher at Alter Ego Post
Additional Animation: Josh Schonblum
Assistant Director: Kara Vavasour
Gaffer/Key Grip: Adam Crosby
Camera Assistant: Joel Kim
Grip/Electric: Mat Fabijanic
Assistant PD: Michael Osuszek
Special Thanks to Robin Love, Matt Johnson, Matthew Miller, Dustin Raab, Ryan Spalding, Meghan Rule, Nick McKinlay and everyone who came to party.


Vulture Culture Films 2014





Visuals created by taking scans of nature Polaroids, and glitching them out in After FX, using the pixel-motion time remapping

Based on a trick I picked up from artist/filmmaker Geoff Pugen


Daniel Fortin // BRINKS

David French – tenor saxophone
Michael Davidson – vibraphone
Daniel Fortin – bass
Fabio Ragnelli – drums

Video by Jared Raab (

2015 Fresh Sound New Talent Records.




Young Rival – Black is Good

Directed by Jared Raab
Programmed by Tomasz Dysinski

Thanks to Nick Tiringer, Peter Dreimanis and Nadia Tan


A stereogram is an image which, when viewed with two eyes, using one of several different techniques, produces the illusion of depth perception. They’re cool. You can read all about them on Wikipedia. Some of you will already be familiar with the autostereogram, which was popularized by the Magic Eye book series in the 1990s. These are made on computers, and use subtle changes in a repeating pattern to combine depth information for both eyes into one single image. By tricking your eyes into viewing these images a certain way (see below) one can see a three dimensional scene. This video is made up of a sequence of something called a “random dot autostereograms”. These are also made on computers, but use subtle differences in a randomly generated field of noise to create the illusion.


To view autostereograms, one must simply “decouple” or defocus their eyes, tricking the brain into seeing the slight variations in the repeating pattern as depth information. All autostereograms are made to be viewed in one of two ways, using either the “crossed-eye” method or “parallel-eye” method. Some can be viewed both ways and still look cool, but not really this one. To be nice, we made this video viewable both ways because some people are better at one method than the other. Crossed-eye stereograms are basically the same principal, but done by crossing your eyes, rather than “relaxing” your eyes or “looking through” the image.  It can take a while to learn how to see them, but try practicing with some stills and take your time. It’s worth it. Try practicing with these identical images below to find out which version is easier for you to see. When viewed correctly, the image should pop out of the static towards you.

Parallel-Eye Stereogram

Parallel-Eye Stereogram


Cross-Eye Stereogram

Cross-Eye Stereogram



This is where it gets technical. To make your own autostereogram, one must first create a thing called a “depth map” which is a 2D representation of 3D depth information. We collected real-time depth data of Young Rival performing the song using an X-Box Kinect hooked up to a computer. The computer was running software called RGBD toolkit, designed for capturing the depth information from the Kinect using its built-in infrared system. Once we had our depth information, we unpacked it into image sequences and edited these sequences as if they were regular video. The only difference in the editing process was that depth was represented by luminosity. For fun, you can view the black and white depth-map version HERE. With much trial and error, we then ran the data through an algorithm which took each frame of depth information, converted it into a random dot stereogram image, and repacked it into the final video. Lastly, there was one more colour pass at the end, and voila.




Ohbijou – Niagara

Directed by Jared Raab
Cinematography by Peter Dreimanis
Edited by Nadia Tan
Produced by Josh Warburton and Peter Dreimanis
Fire and water by Brodie Spaull
Production Assistance by Robin Love

Niagara was shot using a combination of slow motion footage from the high speed Olympus iSpeed camera and Canon 7D. It also utilized a strange and wonderful piece of technology called a Fog Screen, which belongs to the Future Cinema Laboratory at York University in Toronto. In order to achieve the effect of floating in mid air effect, we had the band jump on a trampoline, which was setup in the backyard of my parent’s farm house near Peterborough Ontario. Cudos to Ohbijou for enduring an all night shoot, rather chilly temperatures and some seriously sore muscles. Footage shot with the iSpeed was later projected onto the Fog Screen and re-shot on 7D for the performances. The Fog Screen works by dropping a thin sheet of water-based fog from above on which you can project video images.

All of the water, smoke and fire effects you see were done in-camera using propane blasts, flame wands and a rain wand positioned above or below the frame. The final video features very little digital composting, though we did layer in the occasional rain drop here or matt-out the occasional light there.

The video’s final 4:3 ratio is a result of the native dimensions of the iSpeed camera and the Fog Screen.

Produced with the kind support of the Future Cinema Laboratory

Special Thanks:
Remi Arora
John Greyson
Andrew Roth at the Future Cinema Lab
Evelyn and George Raab
Paul, Tracy & the Welchs


Tokyo Police Club – Argentina (Parts I, II, III)

Directed by Jared Raab
Shot by Mike Mclaughlan
Produced by Matthew Miller
Production Assistance by Graham Wright and Earl Oliveros
Thanks to Bill Byers, Marcos Arriaga and York University


Shot using 2 CRT televisions and 2 laptops set up as a make-shift teleprompter.


Concept Drawing for Argentina Lyrics Video

Original concept drawing for the video.



Decades – For From Me

Director:  Jared Raab

Produced by Peter Dreimanis and Vulture Culture Films
Camera:  Michael McLaughlan
Editing: Drake Birmann + Jared Raab

With Chloe Wise and Laura Rowley

Shot on location in Millbrook, Ontario and Toronto, Canada

Thanks to Evelyn, George & Dustin Raab + Alexandre Bonenfant


Shot on expired and hand processed 16mm film + DSLR

Additonal film processing by Niagara Custom Lab and Transfer by Framediscreet

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DECADES - Behind the Scenes 01

DECADES - Behind the Scenes 02

DECADES - Behind the Scenes 04




Born Ruffians – Nova Leigh

Directed by Jared Raab
Cinematography by Chuck N. Taylor
Produced by Peter Dreimanis and Josh Warburton @
Edited by Joe Krumins
Art Direction by Johnny Nghiem
Colour by Conor Fisher
VFX by

Inspired by the artwork of Jeremy Olson –

Shot mostly on location in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Produced with the help of MuchFACT 2010

Thanks to:
Bill Byers & the York University Film Department
Leila Hebden
Melanie & Trevor at Paperbag
Ossia, Peterborough
Alexandra Byers


Snailhouse – I Never Woke Up

Director:  Jared Raab & Lindsay MacKay
Camera:  Pawel Pogorzelski and Jared Raab
Editing: Nadia Tan

Shot on location in and around Joshua Tree National Park, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California.


Based on the art of Brion Nuda Rosch and John Stezaker (below)


All composting was done in After Effects using simple masks:



Born Ruffians – What to Say

Directed by Jared Raab
Cinematography by Peter Dreimanis
Produced by Josh Warburton

Working with artist/computer programmer Rob Bairos, the video was recorded entirely off of a vintage oscilloscope. Oscilloscopes are used for viewing voltages, primarily in the sciences, medicine, engineering, telecommunications and industry. Though other people have reprogrammed oscilloscopes to display images in the past, the “video to scope” process used in this video is the first of its kind. The images you see are made up of a single point of light, moving quickly across a screen in order to draw shapes – that means the entire Born Ruffians video for “What to Say” displays vector images made from only one continuous line. The footage was shot once on video, edited, converted for use on the oscilloscope (using a live visuals program called TouchDesigner) and then shot again directly off the vintage machine.

Special Thanks:
Warp Films
Leila Hebden

TouchDesigner is made by Derivative in Toronto, Canada.

The Making of Born Ruffians – What to Say from Jared Raab on Vimeo.


The Arkells – Whistleblower

Director:  Jared Raab
Producers:  Peter Dreimanis & Josh Warburton
DOP:  Adam W. Crosby

Shot using N3D technology from Aircord Japan, the production for Whistleblower was broken up into two distinct sections. First the band’s performance was shot, with four separate cameras (front, back and sides) on a completely black background. The video was then edited using all 4 angles simultaneously, in order to be viewed on the 4 sided pyramid as a 3D object. The second shoot came after this editing stage, and involved a circular dolly, which was perfectly timed around the pyramid to coincide with the edit. The final video is comprised of one single shot, dollying around the pyramid and the majority of effects you see were achieved by cuing lighting effects behind and underneath the clear pyramid. Old televisions, bare light bulbs and flickering fluorescent tubes were used, along with a rack of smaller spot lights, constructed especially for the shoot by Cinematographer, Adam Crosby. There was also a series of blue LED lights placed under the pyramid that could be cued for an added “star field” effect.


Full Credits:
Assistant Director: Matt Greyson
Art Director/Production Designer: Dylan Jackson
Set Dresser: Dylan Madden
Camera Assistant: James Hellyer
Key Grip/Dolly Grip: Cliff Ramnauth
Makeup: Kenji Sato
Craft: Meghan Rule
PAs: Taylor Bateman & Jeff Garneau
Special Thanks: Claire Rosenbaum & Eggplant Entertainment
Thanks To: Universal Music Canada
BTS Crew: Maya Bankovic & Nadia Tan
N3D Consultant: Toshiyuki Hashimoto

N3D Holographic System by Aircord Labs.

Photos by Mike DeAngelis

MATTERS – Get In Or Get Out

The D’Urbervilles are back with a new name and new single. This music video, one of the many I’ve made with Colin was originally going to be released as a series of small teasers but got reworked into a single music video to support the 7” release (available from Hypelighter). I shot it on a Bolex 16mm camera, borrowed from York University with B&W reversal stock. Extra points if you can name all the Toronto landmarks.

Directed by Jared Raab & Colin Medley

Starring Colin Smith

Art by Adam Medley
Thanks to:
Dale Harrison
Romy Lightman
The Residents of Parkdale, Toronto
The Tree Museum, Doe Lake Rd, Muskoka
Bill Byers at York University Dpt. of Film

B&W Film Processing by Exclusive Film & Video + Niagara Custom Lab


Owle Bird – Machines

Directed by Jared Raab
Cinematography by Chuck Taylor
Art Direction by Zazu Myers
Starring The Owle Bird: Lisa Conway, Tony Wallace, Dan Stadnicki, Jordan Howard & Cory Latkovich.

The video for Machines is a story about a tentative girl (Lisa Conway) who undergoes violent mechanical procedures at the hands of a medical madman. Shot on the Panasonic HVX with a P+S TECHNIK lens adapter, the video features microscopic cinematography by Chuck Taylor. The watches seen in the video appear courtesy of an afternoon spent in the back of a Sears watch repair shop with out good friend D. Alex Meeks (Dead Elm Society, Hooded Fang, Mandibles).​owlebirds

Shot on location at Klockwerks Studio
The Sixth Gallery​the-sixth