The Canucks played their last game of the regular-season last Monday (despite being scheduled for two more games after). Their next challenge: the 2013 postseason, which begins Wednesday night in Vancouver versus the San Jose Sharks.
Playoff hockey means a few things: more intensity, higher stakes, beards, and a ton of playoff pump-up videos uploaded to Youtube. So many. It’s crazy. Users upload an hour of video to Youtube per second. This weekend, it was mostly footage of Kevin Bieksa making his angry face.
Since we love a good pump-up video here at PITB, here are five of our favourites.
Samir Javer - Let the Sky Fall
Our old pal SamJam is a veteran of the pump-up video, and it shows on this year’s effort. Scoring the clip to Adele’s “Skyfall”, he crafts a morose little mini-epic that frames this year’s playoffs — and the entire season that preceded it — as a bid to restore some of the wounded pride of last year’s early exit. Great use of slow-motion, great clips, and some really great work in the final thirty seconds to ratchet up the intensity.
Jonathan Kasper - Believe
Jonathan Kasper goes all-out in this one. The music is right in your face, all orchestral swells and pulsing drums, the clips come quick, off-kilter, and they’re covered in a midnight blue filter. It’s a two-and-a-half-minute assault on the senses.
Tanbir Rana - Canucks Playoff Pump-up
Tanbir Rana’s video differs from the others here in that it takes a lot of time to feature the fans. There are, of course, all sorts of clips of the Canucks scoring goals and delivering big hits, especially clips from 2011, but the thing I liked most about this one were the shots of fans that were used to set the mood.
Bhavin Solanki – 2013 Canucks Playoff Pump-Up
Longtime readers of this blog will know that we’re fans of Bhavin Solanki, and most of the reasons why are on display here. Solanki is excellent at syncing his clips with his music, and the rapid cuts throughout this video are really well-timed.
Fluke 2 Films – Rehabilitated
This one’s interesting. It opens with Morgan Freeman’s parole hearing monologue from the Shawshank Redemption, framing this postseason as the Vancouver’s attempt to show how they’ve grown and changed — the team and the fans.
There will be many more playoff pump-ups uploaded to Youtube over the next few days. If you see a good one, send it out way. In the meantime, of the five featured here, which one’s the best?Tags: pump-up videos, The YouTubes, videos