The Lesser Blessed will be a visual and tonal reflection of the teenage world, with its horny energy, absurd-funk comedy and honest intensity. I am and will always be a kid at heart. And it gives me great satisfaction and excitement to capture what it means to be a teenager in this world. There’s something infinitely powerful about it. This is the time when identity is just beginning to take shape and everything is so incredibly fragile and meaningful. Every moment is a drama. Every moment is a film, set to a heavy metal soundtrack.
Here’s one more reason teenagers respond to metal with such ardor. Metal is the most dramatic music on earth. Influenced by opera, metal’s themes are sex, violence and fantasy – typically the sum of all contents in a teenager’s mind.
What is exciting to me as a visual storyteller are the possibilities of heavy metal inspired imagery. We’re going to enter Larry’s world and see through his eyes, feel his emotions and nearly taste his blood in our mouths. In my music video work, I had the opportunity to push imagery to extremes and I intend to bring the stylistic tools I gained as a video director to my feature story telling.
This Lesser Blessed will have a rich, handmade, gothic feel, where liquid light will paint and sculpt human bodies. We will create a very specific colour treatment in production and post, with vignettes, pushed blacks, image field broken by prism fragments, slight desaturation on skin tones, yet full and almost metallic colour intensity to all that pertains to the teenage environment. I will stay away from a typical cool colour palette used to represent darkness and instead turn to chocolatey browns, burnt ambers, muddy scarlets and dirty pinks, especially with Juliet, the love interest’s slutty-girl world. I want to use swing tilt lenses to achieve an unusual depth of field which will help me create a sense of our characters’ inner lives. The visual tone will be driven by Larry’s three basic moods: his heavy metal rage, his serenity in nature and his teenage lust for Juliet.
The movement of the camera will depend on these moods as well. In rage, we will sweep in, move fast and cut briskly. In serenity in nature we will linger on long and wide shots, indulging in the beauty of the landscape. In teenage lust, we will be close and intimate, hand held but gentle, slowly moving, so that we can almost smell the surfaces.
VISUAL TONE OF THE FILM IS DRIVEN BY Larry’s moods:
Larry’s rage: heavy metal black, velvet reds, deep gold, amber
Larry’s communion with nature: soft, northern light, greens and whites, tender skies, water colours
Larry’s lust: dewy skin, bright tones, edible colors
THE HUMAN WORLD OF THE FILM
REFERENCES FOR SFX - THE RAVEN
THE CHARACTERS OF THE FILM - LARRY
THE CHARACTERS OF THE FILM - JULIET
THE CHARACTERS OF THE FILM - JOHNNY