For SebastiAn's "Doorman," I want to create a deliciously visual and visceral symphony. Bring the excitement of a blockbuster action movie and a romantic film together in a twisted way. Taking the sultry and sexy vibe of the songs and turning it on its head a little bit by juxtaposing it against imagery that looks beautiful in color but violent and dangerous in its content.
The above plays lightly on SebastiAn's social experimentation with his crowd; projecting "real-world" archival war and news images in an otherwise carefree club environment.
I want to evoke conflicting emotions, with stirring projections of painful historical conflicts and occurrences. Meanwhile, in front of this cumulative pain, sexy, raw, and dirty "club-goers" enjoy themselves.
As we see visuals of apocalyptic devastation of the Syrian ruins, a couple is dancing and passionately making out, on what looks like a dancefloor.
How to accomplish this ambitious concept has inspired me to think a little bit differently. We will shoot everything in the studio yet without any post-CG effects. Instead, I have come up with a technique that will have an aesthetic unique to this video.
We will project backgrounds of the vignettes behind the characters; a technique used frequently in older films like Pulp Fiction and Aliens, called "rear projection."
I would like it to feel like the characters are in a dance hall or an outdoor festival, and the set design would consist of simple pieces that would be in those environments.
I want to embrace the aesthetic of the projections and allow the audience to know we aren't really at these locations because I think it will look beautiful and unique. A bit of a retro vibe but with a modern yet modest approach to visual effects.
Example of onset props and design:
Wardrobe - appropriate to each character.
Props ( minimal) - tables & chairs that would be in a club or romantic scene. Walls & window to make a studio feel like it's in the real world.
Debris and party favor for in-camera FX. Merging what's on the projector screen into the real world.
A treadmill for moving/walking shots.
The video begins with romantic characters playing in front of a violent backdrop. I like the idea of flipping this towards the end; the characters being violent and the backdrop being beautiful. The night goes on, and the juxtaposition slowly flips, with the projections becoming tranquil and soothing, while the crowd gets more wild, sexual, and violent.
SebastiAn Album art homage
I would love to incorporate the themes of the "Total" and "Thirst" album covers into this video. These covers are SebastiAn's surrealistic observation of the narcissistic ego presiding over the collective consciousness.
I love these themes of narcissism and self-loathing. I understand and am conflicted with both of these feelings. As I promote myself, I can't help but think of the narcissism required. And while expressing myself, I'm very critical of my work and myself. I think most artists feel this way and I would love to bring these themes into our film.
I like the idea of casting twins to kiss and make-out with each other referencing "Total"... and later on have them beating the shit out of each other like "Thirst."
As we see the apocalyptic devastation of the Syrian ruins, twins are making out, while being recorded on a smartphone.
It would be a great opportunity to work on the film for this song. I look forward to collaborating with Sebastian as this album is one of my most highly anticipated albums of this decade. I am open to ideas from management for vignettes you may want to contribute and I look forward to developing this concept in more depth and making it a reality.
- Amos Le Blanc