PROLOGUE: It was a very cold Wednesday morning [December 10th, 2014] with a 25cm snowstorm warning. It was also my court date where I would finally learn if the judge would grant me the possibility of shared custody of my daughter. The mother of my child pulled yet another one of her dirty trick to extend the process. She simply didn't show up and on top of that, she changed her lawyer two days prior to the court date for the fifth time. Yes, this means she pulled this trick in the past for an astonishing five times!
I came back home with a gloomy heart, picked up my gear and went straight to the mountains to relax and recalibrate my mind to a healthy and positive state. I ended up filming some insert shots for my documentary in progress and managed to record couple of monologues. Most importantly, I was able to recalibrate my mind back into it's place. It is just a court date. It was my 16th court date in 4 years. I can go for one more. Or two. Or three. I'm well aware of the justice system being blind but I hope it can count. This is where I start to hum Mr.Cash. You can run on for a long time...
INTROSPECTION: I love making self reflection pieces. It's peaceful. It sharpens my creative side and most of all I get lost in the process. It takes me away from all those "I'm pretending to live but never living" type of people. I find the most utter peace up in the mountains in below zero weather in a snowstorm. Nature is like the luxurious division of reality. Who doesn't like a little luxury? I don't have an artist statement as I have nothing to state. This piece is simply my meditation on how I dealt with my custody issue on that particular day.
GRADING: I was inspired by Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I wanted to try the cooler side of the color wheel as I'm used to lean towards more of the earthy tones. I always go with how I feel and which color represents the best of my emotions. I felt a bit cold physically and heartily thus the blue and grey tones.
SOUND: My go to source for music is a dive deep down my state of honesty. I close my eyes and I scribble the tracks that comes off my mind. Usually I pick up about 20-30 tracks including movie scores, advertisement jingles and music tracks. I then try them one by one to see what's the best fit. For this piece it was very easy. I picked the score from the film THE TOWN. It's called Healing And Stealing by Harry Gregson-Williams & David Buckley. It slowly waltz in when Doug recites his letter to Claire at the very end scene of the film. The film ends with the quote "But I know I'll see you again - this side or the other." That sentence holds a very profound meaning to me. That's all I can say for now on that. The wind howls are from a Tamil song called Katre En Vaasal by A.R.Rahaman from the film RHYTHM.