Tigermine First Draft
Last year I put together a music video treatment for the band London Grammar and their track "Hey Now". Bullion Productions invited us to pitch on it and basically it was a first draft of what would later evolve into Tigermine. It was called “The King and The Light” and was a story about a man and his dog that comes across a mysterious light in the desert.
Countless books tell you that the thing to work out straight away with any project is the idea. “The King and The Light” was not a clear idea from the start but that was OK. It was a nice collection of visuals that worked together in a sequence. The narrative was not completely solid but there was definitely enough interest there to hold a music video.
If you’re a story geek you might have read about Kubricks 7 “non submersible units”. He argued that you don’t really need to focus on narrative, that you only need 7 essential ideas in order for a film to work as a whole. Making a film is just about getting you from one idea to another. I think there is a real skill in taking away as much “fat” as possible in any piece of work. Like an intricate carpet, every thread plays an important part in the whole. Take away a thread and it starts to unravel.
Right now Tigermine is a mess of bundled up yarn. Drawings, bits of texts, ideas are all floating around in a big, swollen, sensitive mess at the moment. I’m just throwing as much shit on the wall as I can at this stage. I will try to reduce down the story to it’s bare essentials as I get a bit further down the line. But until then I will let the ideas bounce around until I find all of my Kubrickian “units”.
As for the music video, Bullion ultimately went with another director Chris Ullens who made a stop motion piece you can watch here. http://vimeo.com/87017587 You might notice a few similarities in his video to what I pitched. Whether it’s accidental or not I don’t know. In any case I wasn’t too upset, and now I can spend some more time developing the idea and share the progress.
Download the treatment PDF here if you wish, it will give you a good idea of where I am coming from with this and what Tigermine could be.
Read about Kubricks 7 “non-submersible units” here. http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/faq/index4.html (#49)
TL;DR I’m making a film and I have no Idea what I’m doing.