Jeremy Johnston is a Masters student at Queen’s University, studying Urban and Regional Planning, and the ingenious filmmaker behind the videos. James Brown is a notable Kingstonian philanthropist and the producer of the Sir John A. videos. Together, with the action figure in hand, the two of them have created a collection of fun and fabulous videos featuring the Sir John A. action figure, that help to promote both the Commission and local Kingston-based attractions and events.
With Johnston behind the camera and Brown acting as puppet master, the two of them of them have the filmmaking process “down to a science” says Johnston. While Brown manipulates the doll’s actions, Johnstn shoots rapid fire images with his camera, resulting in the stop motion animation effect seen in the videos. According to Johnston, James is the “idea man” behind each video, selecting each videos theme to help promote local events and businesses in Kingston. Johnston says the goal is to always help promote the Kingston community, instill a sense of Canadian patriotism and of course, raise awareness about the life and achievements of Sir John A. Macdonald.
The collection of videos can be seen on our YouTube channel, don’t forget to subscribe so you will always know when a new video is released. This fall, a video featuring the Kingston Symphony Orchestra performing at Fort Henry is coming to a computer screen near you.