Remember that music video that Carly Rae Jepsen put out in 2015 for her single I Really Like You, starring Tom Hanks in a leading lip-synching role?
Toronto band Little Junior certainly does, so much so that they painstakingly remade the video, frame-for-frame.
Sure, the budget was nowhere near that of Jepsen’s, and Schitt’s Creek’s Annie Murphy acts as a stand-in for Tom Hanks (in a rather disturbing mask, mind you), but somehow this video seems far more joyful than the original.
Filmed in one hectic twenty-hour day at The Brandscape studio on Dupont, director Max Parr helped the band piece the video together with more than a little help from their friends (keep your eyes peeled for cameos from fellow musicians such as members of July Talk and Hollerado).
Bonus: all the money made from the song and video will be donated to Youth Line, a youth-led organization providing peer support to the city’s LGBTQ2 community.
“We had to figure out how “shot-for-shot” we could really get it,” said Parr.
“We wouldn’t be able to find city streets in Toronto identical to the ones used in the original video, and we weren’t going to be able to get as many extras.”
“I knew we were going to have to lean in the opposite direction of reality and fully swede the video. This meant shooting everything inside and making all of the city streets and buildings out of foam and cardboard. I’ve worked on a number of ambitious art-heavy videos, but this one was next level.”
Sweding, a term coined by director Michel Gondry, means “to remake something from scratch using whatever you can get your hands on”.
This video does just that, as charming hand-painted set pieces and props take the place of the original New York City locations.
“The band spent many late nights with Marty (MacPherson) in a little garage, building and painting set pieces. Basically while one scene was shot, stuff was being built and painted for the next shot,” said Little Junior fronter Rane Elliott-Armstrong, who dressed in Carly drag for the video.
High fives are in order for Murphy, who sported the prosthetics, courtesy of The Butcher Shop FX, for 18 hours and truly embodied Hanks’ rather awkward performance.
“In the original video Tom Hanks doesn’t fully nail the lip-syncing of the song, so Annie broke down all of his lip movements PHONETICALLY, so she could sync up perfectly with Tom’s performance and not the track,” said Parr.
“After being caked up with Tom’s face, we realized that the articulation of her mouth was very limited and not entirely capable of the complex mouth choreography she had been practicing.”
“That said, I think it still worked out amazing and her limp mouth just adds to the eeriness of her Tom,” said Parr. “We were all convinced her face would no longer be there when the make-up came off.”
“She absolutely slayed her performance, there’s a side-by-side version floating around YouTube and it’s uncanny how similar they are!” said Elliot-Armstrong.
The video has many easter eggs moments, including Parr in the video as one of the Tinder matches, and the book on the bedside table in the opening shot being changed from “The Manly Art of Knitting” to “The Art of Sweding”. And yes, Jepsen’s seen the video.
“(She) saw the video and said she liked it. We screamed when we heard that,” said Elliott-Armstrong. “We are huge fans of Carly Rae, we play her music in our van constantly.”
There’s no knowing how many times Parr and the production team watched the Jepsen version to truly nail the remake, but all that work certainly paid off.
“I’m afraid that every video I make from now on will just unintentionally end up being a remake of CRJ’s “I Really Like You” because it’s the only thing I see now when I close my eyes,” said Parr.
“Schitt’s Creek” actress Annie Murphy was also a late-joiner, but says she’s made “great strides” online, thanks to help from co-star Daniel Levy. “Great strides. I think before the show, I had tweeted maybe three times and now look at me!” Murphy jokes. “Sometimes I retweet things twice a week!” “I’ve also, over the course of four seasons, been like, ‘Hey, you want to live tweet maybe tonight because the show is on? I don’t know? Could help.’ You’ve shown up. You’ve shown up,” says Levy. “Flourishing social media presence!” Murphy found social media “overwhelming.” “I think I just got quite overwhelmed by the constant bombardment of information and not necessarily information that I wanted to absorb,” she admits. “But it’s unavoidable.” Season four of “Schitt’s Creek” premiered Jan. 24 on the Pop Network in the U.S.
I’ve added a ton of new images to the gallery from all the recent Schitt’s Creek press and interviews as well as some additions to appearances earlier this month. Check out an interview I came across from earlier this month. Enjoy!
January 23 – AOL Build: Panel
January 22 – 92Y An Evening With Schitt’s Creek
January 16 – Schitt’s Creek Premiere (Los Angeles)
January 14 – Winter TCA Tour: Panel
Photo Session #027
Photo Session #028
When outrageously wealthy video-store magnate Johnny Rose, his soap-star wife Moira and their two twenty-something children—hipster gallerist David and career socialite Alexis—suddenly find themselves broke, they have no choice but to move to Schitt’s Creek, a small backwoods town Johnny once bought as a joke. With their pampered lives a memory, the Roses must face their humiliating hardship and figure out what it means to be a family, all within the unfamiliar environs of their new home. Daniel Levy, Eugene Levy, Annie Murphy & Emily Hampshire stopped by to tell us all about their series, “Schitt’s Creek.”
The hit series Schitt’s Creek is back for a fourth season on Pop (premieres January 24 at 8 pm), and its creators and stars — father and son Eugene and Daniel Levy — are back at 92Y with co-stars Annie Murphy, and Emily Hampshire. Moderated by Mandi Bierly, Deputy Editor of Yahoo Entertainment.
The hilarious series follows the travails of a wealthy video-store magnate, his soap-star wife, and their two twentysomething children when they lose all their money and wind up in the backwoods town of Schitt’s Creek. What misadventures will Season 4 bring? Join this team of brilliant funny people as they dish about their show and about playing one of TV’s most delightfully dysfunctional families.
The cast of Schitt’s Creek talks about the new season of the hit show.
Check out this great interview with E! Canada with Dan, Eugene, Annie, and Catherine, from earlier today. If you’re in Canada be sure to tune in tonight on Schitt’s Creek season 4 premiere!
A new season 4 trailer has been released and I am so flippin excited!! I can not wait for the new season. I have converted a handful of friends and family into Schitt’s Creek fans.. doing God’s work and all.
Last week Annie started a Youtube Channel called Anny’s Hit Bedroom. You can watch/subscribe to the channel here. It’s so amusing! I’ve added screencaps to her first 10 videos. Enjoy!
Anny’s Hit Bedroom: I’m Just A Girl – Screencaps
Anny’s Hit Bedroom: High Notes – Screencaps
Anny’s Hit Bedroom: Baby It’s Cold Outside – Screencaps
Anny’s Hit Bedroom: Finger Picking – Screencaps
Anny’s Hit Bedroom: Baby – Screencaps
Anny’s Hit Bedroom: David Bowie Tribute – Screencaps
Anny’s Hit Bedroom: Special Blister Potion – Screencaps
Anny’s Hit Bedroom: Fuck You – Screencaps
Anny’s Hit Bedroom: Miracle Cold Remedy – Screencaps
Annie and Dustin (who plays Ted on Schitt’s Creek) both made the 2017 list for Canada’s Most Beautiful People. She looks lovely in the photograph and it’s no surprise she made the list. Tho I am a bit surprised Dan didn’t because he’s beautiful and a genius and seems like the most fun. Annie did a small interview with E! and you can watch that below.
Here’s the small excerpt written about her:
HOMETOWN Ottawa AGE 30 TOP MARKS On the latest season of Schitt’s Creek, her character, Alexis, earned her high school diploma. Annie’s already back on set shooting the fourth season with Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara STAR STRUCK “I met Chris Hadfield at Cirque du Soleil this past summer!” 2017 HIGHLIGHT “A trip that I would never recommend to anybody else: Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and Moscow in seven days” BEST THING ABOUT HER DAY JOB… “Being able to work with a bunch of incredible goofbrains every day is undoubtedly the highlight of my job. The downside is the handsome men and the pretty wardrobe”
— ET Canada (@ETCanada) May 16, 2017