If you haven’t already seen Perpetual Detour‘s Lego video for “What if it was you?”, go immediately to the bottom of this post and watch it.
You’re back…good. Great video, isn’t it.
The video, created by the band themselves, recently won the “Best Video DIY” category at the RightOutTv Music & Video Awards.
RightOutTV was created to provide a visual and audio vehicle for LGBTI artists to tell their stories, share their talent and help unify the International LGBTI music community. The RightOutTv Music & Video Awards are held yearly. This year’s panel of judges included Carole Pope, Bif Naked and Royd Hatson.
About Perpetual Detour
Based in Halifax, Perpetual Detour consists of AJ LeBlanc, Meagan Lanchbery, Jennifer Stewart and Ro Gionet. Their melodic-rock sound has been compared to the likes of Natalie Merchant, Coldplay and The Tragically Hip. Their debut album “What if it was you?” was released in 2012 and has enjoyed airplay on over 40 radio stations. You can purchase a digital copy of the album at Perpetual Detour’s Facebook page.
Perpetual Detour on the “What if it was you?” video
“What if it was you?” was created entirely out of Lego using the stop motion animation technique. The video offers a tongue-in-cheek look at lesbian relationships; the queer community will undoubtedly be entertained by the many inside jokes and all-too-familiar scenarios that are depicted.
Stop motion animation involves taking a series of pictures, where characters are slightly manipulated for each shot. When edited together, it creates the illusion of motion. The video was shot over 2 months and required approximately 60 hours of work to complete. Over 1600 individual pictures were used in the video. This is the band’s first attempt at stop motion. The girls described the process as “fun, but extremely painful at times”. Thankfully, no band members were harmed in the making of the video.