October 11, 2010

Here am I floatin' 'round my tin can far above the world

I wanted to share this very moving video my friend Scott Coffey wrote and directed for Wolf Parade's Yulia. It captures the emotional tone of the song amazingly well. It has a dreamlike quality, and a total feeling of loss. The chemestry between Blair Mastbaum, the Cosmonaut and the girl is amazing. I’m simply touched.

Both Scott and Blair were my next door neighbors before they headed out to Portland. Scott's previous directorial work includes Ellie Parker, with Naomi Watts. You might recognize him from his long resume acting in such films as Mulholland Dr. (2001), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), Shag (1989)... just to name a few. He has a long relationship with David Lynch, which in my personal opinion owes him a staring roll.

The story behind the video, by Scott Coffey:
During the Cold War at the beginning of the Space Age, the Soviet Union was rumored to have two space programs – one a public program, the other a secret ‘black’ one, in which dangerous and sometimes downright suicidal missions were attempted. Cosmonauts would be shot into orbit without the means or resources to get them home, stranded in an expanding orbit around earth, slowly pulling away, frozen in space for eternity.

I wanted to create a kind of formal and slightly nostalgic vibe. At the same time, I wanted it to feel untethered to an exact era — not specifically in the past. I shot in Portland Oregon and a little in Romania and I was really inspired by Russian cinema and Communist propaganda posters. It was an ambitious idea and I’m really stoked that Deschutes Brewery and North were able to help support the production of this video for Wolf Parade’s great song, Yulia. – Scott Coffey


No comments: