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.

Tigermine Part #2
This little girl has come about recently as I’ve been sketching out ideas for Tigermine. In the early incarnation of this film idea there was only a man and his dog. They would be wandering the desert together and at some point the dog would get lost. A mysterious light would appear and guide him back to his friend who would lie sleeping in the forest. That was about it.
I guess you could have called it a “mood-piece”. It was much more about the environments and the “feeling” rather than anything very specific in terms of narrative or character. Now that I’ve got this little girl I really feel like the relationships with her and the man could be developed into something a little more substantial and meaningful. Let’s see where it goes.
In the next post I’ll show you the original pitch document that I presented to Electric Theatre Collective and the boys at The Line last year.

Tigermine Part #2

This little girl has come about recently as I’ve been sketching out ideas for Tigermine. In the early incarnation of this film idea there was only a man and his dog. They would be wandering the desert together and at some point the dog would get lost. A mysterious light would appear and guide him back to his friend who would lie sleeping in the forest. That was about it.

I guess you could have called it a “mood-piece”. It was much more about the environments and the “feeling” rather than anything very specific in terms of narrative or character. Now that I’ve got this little girl I really feel like the relationships with her and the man could be developed into something a little more substantial and meaningful. Let’s see where it goes.

In the next post I’ll show you the original pitch document that I presented to Electric Theatre Collective and the boys at The Line last year.

I’m doing an experiment.
This is a concept from one of the projects I’m currently developing at The Line. 
It’s been kicking around in my head for a while in different incarnations for about 6 months now. It’s been rejected as a music video pitch and now I’m repurposing it and developing it into a short film. From today I’ll be posting images, concepts, work in progress drawings and sketches as I go along and develop the story. I hope to be able to share some insights into the process from idea to final product. I’ll try to be as candid as possible as the project evolves, sharing concepts and unfinished ideas with you. It will probably change, evolve and become completely different than what you see here.
At the moment, the story revolves around a blind man and a little girl who gets lost in the desert. Work in progress title: “Tigermine”
I’m excited and scared to share this with you!
Let’s go!

I’m doing an experiment.

This is a concept from one of the projects I’m currently developing at The Line. 

It’s been kicking around in my head for a while in different incarnations for about 6 months now. It’s been rejected as a music video pitch and now I’m repurposing it and developing it into a short film. From today I’ll be posting images, concepts, work in progress drawings and sketches as I go along and develop the story. I hope to be able to share some insights into the process from idea to final product. I’ll try to be as candid as possible as the project evolves, sharing concepts and unfinished ideas with you. It will probably change, evolve and become completely different than what you see here.

At the moment, the story revolves around a blind man and a little girl who gets lost in the desert. Work in progress title: “Tigermine

I’m excited and scared to share this with you!

Let’s go!