Watch these 5 intense Canucks playoff pump-up videos, become sufficiently pumped up

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.

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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?

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15 comments

  1. Zach Morris
    April 29, 2013

    I would like a video that’s just Burrows slaying the dragon and Toewser’s dejected face, looped over and over

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    • Zach Morris
      April 29, 2013

      Samjam obviously had some good music out there. Uh, the Canucks had some struggles out there last year, so obviously for him to show so clearly they got a chance to come back is just great for the future.
      In the second frame, just couldn’t get away from the blue filter, seemed like it was all over the Canucks. But for the boys to come back and score a few at the end there and square it up, it’s a good way to finish.
      Tanbir really showed what the fans can do, really good to see the passion and support the boys have, hopefully uh we can get some more of that passion in the playoffs.
      Bhavin worked really hard out there, some really high production values. Little shocked, obviously, by the voice of Bane, but a good finish.
      Rehabilitated had the right pieces, just a little off on the execution. Uh, words were all over the Canucks out there, a little distracting, but had Morgan Freeman keeping us together, and obviously we rode that to the end.

      Obviously some great work out there, boys. The players really feed off the fans so uh anytime something like this comes along, it’s good for the whole team.

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    • dougster
      April 30, 2013

      That’s why I like Kasper’s the best–most “Burrows SCORES” moments of all of them :)

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  2. steveB
    April 29, 2013

    My favourite is Vancouver Canucks : You vs. Them, by DeltaCanuckian

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fqs57NueOak

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  3. Nee
    April 29, 2013

    “morose little mini-epic” You had me at morose.

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  4. best behaviour
    April 29, 2013

    Nice. Does anybody know if the game schedule is available for download as an ical file or anything, so we don’t have to type it all in?

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  5. Abby
    April 29, 2013

    At the end of Solanki’s vid, he uses the quote “They slayed the Dragon!”

    I feel like this year we’ve got a similar dragon, but it’s not a specific team or goaltender or player.

    It’s us.

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  6. Shand
    April 29, 2013

    Is Samjam the same as the Luongo to Toronto #confirmed guy?

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  7. akidd
    April 29, 2013

    well, it’s not easy scripting a pump up to this year’s playoffs. i envision something with the theme from The Pink Panther. or perhaps Eminem’s “Will the Real Vancouver Canucks Please Stand Up?”

    not being tech-savvy enough to pull it off myself I’ll go with Jonathan Kasper’s version. can’t go wrong with bad-ass strings chugging away like that. great sound!

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  8. Bhavin
    April 29, 2013

    Thanks so much for the post and the kind words!
    Highly appreciated :)

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  9. Cathylu
    April 29, 2013

    As if I wasn’t already excited about the playoffs….those were great! I think the Skyfall one is my fave. We’ve got tickets for game 2….see you Friday Vancouver!

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  10. Carlo
    April 29, 2013

    From a sentimental and emotional standpoint, Tahir Rana’s was the best IMHO. Great use of music and mood to get the point across. Editing-wise though, Bhavin Solanski’s topped all five. It did however rely a lot on interviews and hard facts which in my opinion drowned out the mood a bit.

    All in all though, they were all downright awesome. CAN’T WAIT for Wednesday!

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  11. Dave
    April 30, 2013

    Kasper’s driving beat pumps it…Rana’s gots the hard beatz, yo & the fans…love his selection of sound bites…Bhavin makes it short & hard, like Burrows…but Fluke spells out that we are not a bunch of savages…yes, the riots happened, but hockey & passion for it rule…

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  12. Rohan
    April 30, 2013

    AWW YEAH! All those were unbelievable….but i gotta say that Bhavin’s stands out. I also loved Tanbir’s but Bhavin’s one just gave me chills.

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  13. Manny
    May 1, 2013

    Samjam’s was awesome.

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