Video: Wreckage Of Dreams
It was hearing the music by Riz Maslen that made me conjure up the images of the sea. It wasn’t far of a stretch since the entire workings of her piece is all about the elements of water and the experience of being by the sea. The story comes from refugees who were adrift on a boat, starving and in need of help.
My films were originally an entry for English National Opera Mini Opera Festival. Sadly the film side of the competition was cancelled due to the tiny amount of entries. The music and writing sides had an abundance of entries. The writing side alone had over 500 entries.
My views on video in opera are varied and contradictory. Is it needed in opera? Can this music here even be considered opera? Does my video enhance the music at all?
I intended that the video and my actions mirror what occurs in the music. The reason for wearing headphones was for me to know when the cue would come in the music. I would have not used them, had the waves not been so loud. Plus, all audio from my film is removed and the sounds of the waves you hear are from Riz’s side of things.
Sadly after filming, it dawned on me that the way we had come was now covered with water. We were at Lavernock Point. We were never in mortal danger, it was the equipment I was more concerned about. So we basically had to call the lifeguard. The less said about this the betterâ€¦
I regard this as my first proper film. Please tell me what you think. I would love to know your opinion.