Here is what I am thinking for RikkiTikkiTavi:
Part daydream, part epileptic seizure, the video I propose features epic cosmic panoramas, vintage looking footage of the American countryside and slick performance coverage of the band being themselves and in their element, all building to a crescendo of absolute madness.
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Close up on Andrew in profile in a dark void. Eyes closed. Reflections of LED lights light up portions of his face in time with the keyboard notes so the effect is of a dark void briefly illuminated by different pools of dim colored lights motivated by the keyboard notes of the introduction.
The camera begins to slowly pivot around him, bringing the shot slowly from a profile to a head on portrait. This camera move occurs while Andrew says “Listen to me....listen to me...”
The camera move concludes as Andrew finishes the lyrics of the prelude. The camera is now sitting locked off in a head on close-up portrait.
Andrew simultaneously opens his eyes and SCREAMS, revealing through his mouth and eye sockets the interior of his body to be composed of BILLIONS OF STARS AND GALAXIES. There are no eyes. There is no tongue, teeth or throat. We are simply looking into the vast glittering void of the cosmos through Andrew's eyes and mouth. His hair is also suddenly VIOLENTLY BLOWN BACKWARDS as if he suddenly started moving forward at an incredible speed.
The scream continues and the camera PUSHES IN and ZOOMS OUT simultaneously, instantly distorting space and we ZOOM INTO the galaxy framed by Andrew's screaming mouth.
Luminous volumes of stars and glowing cosmic vapors sweep past the camera as we dive into the galaxy.
Amid the stars floats a GIANT POLYGONAL HEAD (see reference image from the film ZARDOZ) bearing Andrew's likeness. The head is SCREAMING as it flies through space. The camera ZOOMS INTO THE MOUTH of the Floating head.
Darkness. A glimmer of light ahead. A lit stage pulls into view. It is the band. Andrew is SCREAMING.
FIRST CHORUS/PERFORMANCE COVERAGE BREAKDOWN
Here the video is cutting between three scenarios:
1.) Objective camera coverage of the band on a simple set with a little wind and atmosphere, lit very harshly. The idea here is to show the band being as intense as possible while also giving a lot of time to things like, wires, effect peddles, guitar details: Essentially trying to cover the performance like David Fincher did for A Perfect Circle's “Judith”. I tried to do this with Combichrist's “Sent to Destroy” but the band's image was too theatrical and articulated to come across as 'real'. I want to show the band and the band's process of making music as simply as possible. The video of FtM in the rehearsal container did this to some extent. I want to take that idea of realism and explore it further on a lit set with a real camera. Which leads to....
2.) Subjective camera coverage of each band member wearing a camera rig around his neck, with a light weight HD camera pointed upward towards his face. The effect being the person's face will be relatively static in the frame, while the background will be inconstant motion as
he performs. This will work incredibly well with Andrew's antics.
3.) The CGI Andrew Head cruising through space, into the atmosphere of strange planets while doing a vocal performance. At 00:00:31 when Andrew's voice is distorted for the lyrics “Tell me the truth or don't tell me anything.” The Face of the floating head SPINS AROUND (remember that old He-Man character Man-e-faces?) and ANOTHER more malevolent looking face spins into view and performs those lyrics, then spins back, revealing the Andrew face for the chorus “Rikki tikki”. When this happens again later in the song, the same face appears. The idea being that this cosmic floating head has many different identities and faces for different attitudes.
As the tone of the song switches from the intense hardcore chorus to the dreamlike verse, the band suddenly FREEZES IN TIME, each member locked in an incredibly dynamic pose, hair fanned out, faces contorted. The camera begins to SLOWLY PAN around the frozen figures. (this is possible with some very simple visual effects) As the melodic verse begins.
As the more melodic, Beatles-like verse beings we leave the confines of the performance container the gritty, high contrast feel of the Chorus behind.
Now we are in either the plains of Texas or some hilly part of Southern California (where-ever we shoot this)
The verse is covered in a Lars Van Trier, documentary sort of manner, favoring shots of the countryside, clouds, the sun, lens flares, with brief slices of the band performing. Constant handheld camera motion. Details of plants. Everything colored like it was in a Polaroid photograph. Lots of use of light leaks and flares to motivate edits. These are beautiful, aimless diversions from the menacing cosmic imagery of the chorus and the intense metal performance elements of the bridges.
Instead of showing the band in the previous Fincher style realism of his video for A Perfect Circle’s ‘Judith’ now the band’s silhouettes are manically flashing images of cosmic panoramas, their outlines providing random, frenetic glimpses into a star filled infinite void.
The video ends in a cacophony of previous images from the video, cut together every four or five frames: just a blinding, epileptic disaster of stars, nebualae, gritted teeth, guitar frets, clouds, lens flares, flying sweat and then nothing.
Close on Andrew’s closeup, star filled RIKKKKKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII.
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