So the music video I directed a few weeks ago is now ready and released… When I came back from the shoot I talked about how much I enjoyed the process of making the video. It was quite an experience from a writer’s perspective. No longer was it just me and the page – the only real threat of alteration coming from an overeager editor. Suddenly it was a world of people, lots of them – all with their own interpretation of the script.
Instead of being a dreadful thing though it was actually a real pleasure. Each person involved brought something that I wasn’t necessarily expecting which made it really quite exciting!
The initial concept for the video was inspired by the singer herself, Catherine Kubillus. I saw somewhere, maybe on her twitter page that she described herself as a ‘muse’. I like this idea of someone whose presence is so powerful they’re able to inspire art. It got mingled in with the idea that the muse can take on all these different roles, like how a model can be different people in different photographs or paintings.
How many people could Catherine be in this short space of a few minutes? And who? This is where I turned to the song. To me it’s a beautifully sad song, sort of encapsulating those moments where the words didn’t quite come out right, or didn’t come out at all.
But whoever Catherine became had to be strong in their iconography so I picked out a number of female characters from history and literature and imagined them in their lonelier moments, each one with their own story. It didn’t need to be obvious to the viewer, so long as those echoes of history, loss and romance came through.
First of all there was Ophelia. The tragic heroine from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Always depicted in paintings as delicate and deathly. Then there was Cathy from Wuthering Heights – love torn and split from Heathcliffe. Then Cleopatra who had an incredible love life by all accounts, surely punctuated by loneliness along the way, then Artemis – the virgin Greek Goddess who created her own mythology in the woods.
Lastly came Marie Antoinette. This was Catherine’s choice and it was a great addition. Catherine is Austrian and so is Marie Antoinette – the Austrian born Queen of France. It’s up to the viewer from there really, to make of it what they will.
To create the video itself was quite an undertaking; very much in and of the real world. From laying in early autumn ponds to baths full of milk, it truly was an adventure and it amazes me when I see the video now how easy it all looks. Here it is, I hope you enjoy…