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Kina Grannis Uses 288,000 Jelly Beans for New Video

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Not only does Kina Grannis sound sweet — she also looks it in her new video. The YouTube sensation created a music video for her track ‘In Your Arms’ over 22 months using 288,000 (yes, you read that right!) Jelly Belly jellybeans.

“I didn’t really know what to expect,” Grannis said. “You can try to picture Jelly Bellies moving around and painting a picture, but there’s nothing quite like seeing what it actually turned out to be.”

By the numbers: Over those 22 months, it took three people 1,357 hours using those 288,000 jelly beans to make 2,460 individual frames (director Greg Jardin explains how in the video below), with each taking anywhere between five minutes and three hours. Producer Daphne Raves revealed that Grannis was actually present in all of her Jelly Belly-backdrop scenes. “None of them were green screened,” Raves said. “She’s there for all of it!”

How? The jellybeans are covered by glass once they’re perfect. Grannis lays on the glass in various positions — which weren’t always easy. “Head to the left,” Grannis said, mimicking Jardin. “Less, go back. Arms down and hand up — these very strange positions,” Grannis laughed. “It was intense.”

Something even more intense and uncomfortable? The plaster mold made of Grannis’ body. “First I’m covered in Vaseline, and then over the next hour they’re laying on little strips of plaster stuff,” she said. “Then I had to sit there and not move for about 20 minutes or so.” Raves teased Grannis: “Just one of the many ways we’ve tortured her with this video.”

“It’s been such a labor of love,” Grannis said. “Everyone is doing it because they love it.” Grannis’ positive attitude likely helped. “She put in a lot of hours on this video,” Jardin said. “She was laying on the board for a long time — never complained once, really always had a smile on her face.”

‘In Your Arms’ isn’t Grannis’ first musical connection with food. Grannis won the Doritos ‘Crash the Super Bowl’ contest, earning her music video a coveted spot during Super Bowl XLII commercials in 2008. Grannis then scored a deal with Interscope records. Her YouTube channel currently has over 77 million views. Sounds like a sweet deal to us!

Watch the Kina Grannis ‘In Your Arms’ Video

Watch the Making of Kina Grannis ‘In Your Arms’

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