Director’s commentary for α·Pav’s - τ - End of a Dream MV
This project was the first time I’ve worked in a very abstract way. Typically, I prefer to plan my shoots with the basic concept, which leads to some rough story boarding and/or scriptwriting. The process then grows to form into the experience which I upload online to share with everyone.
This time I went on set with absolutely no storyboard, just a rough idea of what we decided on. ‘We’ includes Jenn Satsune (ohsatsune) and I. It was my first time collaborating with another person to come up with a concept for a video. Our back bone was α·Pav’s (oukaitou) piece titled ‘τ’ (Greek alphabet: ταυ [taf]), from there we came up with a first idea. One that proved to be difficult to shoot with our minimal locations. The vision was too grand to carry out the original idea in a way which it deserves.
So we formed another idea that would be more fitting to the locations we had access to. Our locations were Mississauga and Toronto! Mainly Toronto with the flashbacks taking place in Mississauga.
The concept is simple. A girl is walking through the city as she reminisces about her past. That was the intent, however it’s kept simple to allow for other interpretations. What did you feel when watching this video?
This was also the first time I worked with slow motion heavily in a project. The entire video was shot in 60fps, which later was simply slowed down in the editor to the percentage I felt appropriate per clip.
The part with overlaying images was something that didn’t occur to me until I was actually in the edit room, but it worked out quite beautifully. The intent is to show a small glimpse into her memories as she walks down the sidewalk. Instead of having clips crosscutting between the walking and the memories, the typical way to show flashbacks, I overlay-ed the shot of the memory with the walking clip and simply applied different blending modes to each shot. After getting the right look I fine tuned it by playing with the opacity.
The cool factor of this shot aside - I feel that it was much better suited to have done it this way, rather than crosscutting, simply because it fits the music!
If you’ve read this far, thank you for taking the time to read into my thoughts a little, and I hope to continue these detailed ramblings for all projects to come!