“Fishermen’s Lore” opens with a man rowing a boat in slow motion, and is a depiction of his journey carrying cargo. A narrator (Daniel Lanois) begins to speak after a few minutes, you see the same movement again, only now in real time, and the story looks very, very different. Music: "Fisherman's Daughter" by Daniel Lanois.
"The Undertaker and His Charge" picks up where “Fishermen’s Lore” ends. We see The Undertaker put on his vest and go about his duties, while the fisherman slowly accepts his fate. Music: "Farewell Ride" by Beck.
There is a gesture used in both pieces I call “The Wrath of God”. It is the moment when I strike my hand with my fist, and it represents being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Another way to put it is, it represents having the rug pulled out from under you. There are numerous ways to verbalize this experience of having your life change in the blink of an eye, but the consequences of “The Wrath of God” are always devastating.
Filmed during a live performance in The Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan rehearsal space in Seattle. It was a single take using only the ambient light of the room.