The Valtari Mystery Film Experiment is a crowd-sourcing project from Icelandic band, Sigur Ros.
sigur rós have given a dozen film makers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the band’s new album valtari. the idea is to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. among the filmmakers are ramin bahrani, alma har’el and john cameron mitchell.
“we never meant our music to come with a pre-programmed emotional response. we don’t want to tell anyone how to feel and what to take from it. with the films, we have literally no idea what the directors are going to come back with. none of them know what the others are doing, so hopefully it could be interesting.”
They have opened up their experiment to all filmmakers over the world. You too can make a video for Sigur Ros. Details are on their website. What you need to do is download their album, pick a song, make a music video for it, upload it to vimeo or youtube, and enter details on the Talenthouse Facebook app page. You can vote on your favourite music video (so expect posts coming up with links to our entry saying, ‘vote here!’).
The winners get a great deal of promo on Sigur Ros’ websites, and masses of kudos. And $5000.
Last weekend, I was a camera operator on an entry by filmmaker Matt Thomas.The song? Varuo
I really enjoy shooting with a Director who is a DOP as well, because then I can pick up nifty tips. And commiserate with someone with the same/similar gear to me (seriously, cheap card readers, they always break!) And seeing Matt’s 80mm-200mm lens makes me think that will be the next lens I invest in.
We were shooting in Hackney Downs. The video included seven actors. It was a lovely crew, and I look forward to working with them again. It was an enjoyable day shooting outside in the sun. [The heat didn’t help the 7Ds though!]. I’ll post a link once the clip is online. And you’ll have to vote for it in the competition. You’re obligated now.