The Metamorphosis of a Vampire
A few years ago I attended an actors workshop at Bizbooks here in Vancouver. It’s was so long ago, I can’t remember who the speaker was but I will never forget one thing that she said that night that applies to all creative’s and not just actors. She said, “ if you’re not getting any opportunities from other people then create your own opportunities”. Another way of putting it would be if you aren’t attracting work then create your own. I’m sure many people in the creative field would agree with this idea and to me it makes perfect sense.
And thus, we segue into today’s blog entry. Just before Halloween, I was not getting much work or creating music or films for myself which was ironic as after Halloween all hell broke loose and I had to turn opportunities away! Anyway, I was thinking about Halloween and that I should create something just for fun. So I decided to roam around the internet and see what I might stumble upon. Low and behold I found – The Metamorphosis of a Vampire by Charles Boudelaire, French poet 1821 – 1867 who just happened to translate the works of Edgar Allan Poe. A match made in heaven!
I decided that I would create a video from the poem using only stills and video clips I found online and then record some actors performing the voiceover and then top it all off with original music and sound by yours truly.
In the poem there are two characters, the victim and vampire. So the first step was decide whom to cast. I thought I could do a pretty good job as the victim and I asked my friend Kira, of Firebelly Productions (shameless plug)
to play the part of the vampire.
Kira Schaffer photo: Christopher Morris
By the way, as far as I know Kira is not a vampire although it’s been a long time since I have met up with her in the daylight. Not to mention the last time we went to midnight mass and she leaned over and whispered, “ it burns us! “ Which I’m sure was just a coincidence because there really aren’t creatures like vampires in this world, right?
Anyway, Kira came over one night (hmmm?) and nailed her part on the tenth try! Just kidding, Kira really did nail it on the first take but we did a few more for variety and safety. I recorded my bit and then I began to scour the internet for images and video.
I have very strong feelings and ethics in terms of ownership of intellectual property and naturally I only searched for and used clips and images that I could confirm were in the public domain and fair use. There is a plethora of fair use material out there and all one needs to do is annotate and credit the author.
So as I mentioned earlier all hell broke loose at the end of 2014 and I got too busy to work on “ The Metamorphosis of a Vampire “. However this month I had the time and here is the result,