Who are you? W. Andrew Powell — writer, photographer, and geek.
What do you do? Career Highlights? I’m an entertainment junkie—I write about music, film, television, and gadgets. I’ve been running The GATE, an online entertainment magazine, for over 10 years now, which is a highlight unto itself. Surviving ten years of covering NXNE, CMW, and TIFF has to be another one. Number one with a bullet though is the fact that I love talking to passionate people who love what they do.
What makes a good video? What stood out about your picks? There is no single thing that defines a great video—it just takes passion, vision, and clever storytelling. My choices jumped out at me on the very first viewing, and they elevated the songs. Most of all though, I think the videos I picked worked so well because they offered a fresh perspective.
Yep, that’s me. I’m a judge for a new award—the Prism Awards—recognizing Canadian music videos. Finalists will be announced next week.
‘Brave’ may not have been a musical proper, but it used soundtrack in certain places that evoked classic Disney. What you’re picturing in your head for this song is exactly how it was shown in the movie. Merida could have opened her mouth to sing it (instead of it just playing in the background) and I wouldn’t have been surprised.