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Duran Duran concert directed by Lynch

Postby birchy » Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:36 am

Sometimes the strangest things appear when you obsessively google-news the big DL:

From the press release:

American Express, in partnership with VEVO, the leading online premium music video and entertainment service, and YouTube will provide Duran Duran fans worldwide with access to their "Unstaged" performance, which coincides with the start of the band's first official tour since 2008. Award-winning filmmaker David Lynch (The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive), known for his unique cinematic style that masterfully blends imagery and sound design, has been enlisted to capture the performance, providing fans with a visually stunning home viewing experience.

"I am very excited about this opportunity to experiment with the band, Duran Duran, at the Mayan Theater on March 23rd," said filmmaker David Lynch. "The idea is to try and create on the fly, layers of images permeating Duran Duran on the stage. A world of experimentation and hopefully some happy accidents."

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-express-launches-second-year-of-unstaged-music-series-with-iconic-pairing-duran-duran-and-filmmaker-david-lynch-117932264.html

Teaser by Lynch:

http://www.youtube.com/DuranDuranVEVO
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Re: Duran Duran concert directed by Lynch

Postby matto » Tue Mar 22, 2011 1:09 pm

nice little banter:
http://www.movieline.com/2011/03/david- ... ration.php

The Movieline Interview || by S.T. VanAirsdale || 03 22 2011 3:20 PM
David Lynch Tells Movieline What to Expect From His Duran Duran Concert Collaboration

david_lynch_getty300.jpgAs reported here last week, the new season of American Express's Unstaged concert series commences Wednesday with the unlikely pairing of David Lynch and Duran Duran. Or is it unlikely? Movieline got on the phone with the busy filmmaker today to discuss the pairing, what to expect both in the crowd and while viewing online, and why Mulholland Drive's 10-year anniversary isn't as big a deal as it sounds. Like, at all.

How is the show planning coming along?
It's coming along. We're working right as we're talking to you. My job is, you know, listen to all the tracks. And images came. So we're building those things right now that will go along with Duran Duran on the stage. It will be kind of an experiment tomorrow night, but I think it has possibilities of being a good experiment.

"Possibilities"?
Yeah.

So what might you be trying? I know there were the painted hands and faces you solicited last week
Well, audiences around the world can submit pictures of a painted hand or face against a black background, and there'll be a time in the show when they'll be spun out visually. And I've got to say, some of the hands some of the things I've seen so far are so beautiful.

Beautiful how? Is there an example?
Just the creativity of people using their hands and their face. [Pauses] I've got to say another thing: Use non-toxic paints.

To what extent do you consider your role designing for the stage "” for the live audience "” and to what extent are you creating an experience for viewers at home?
My role, as I told you, is to do this overlay. In my mind, it's double exposure, going with what's happening on the stage. The possibilities are really beautiful for things to happen. Audience participation they'll be able to see the show, number one, but they'll also be able to see a couple cameras that will be available just to them in case they want to sidestep the show a little bit. They still would be hearing it, I guess. But, you know "” it's a show! The audience's participation is to enjoy the show.

How did you and Duran Duran ever connect in the first place? Are you a fan?
I've been a fan of Duran Duran from the past, but recently, I'm with a music company called Sunday best recordings in England. They, I guess, know Duran Duran. So my buddy Big Dean Hurley and I did a remix of "Girl Panic""” one of Duran Duran's new songs "” and then this American Express Unstaged came along on top of that. So I've got some kind of connection with Duran Duran.

How or where do you expect this collaboration to fall in the continuum of concert films? Does this even share DNA with something like Stop Making Sense or The Last Waltz?
Yes. There's a thing about concerts and concert films: Everybody tries to push the limits and make a great show, and that's an ongoing thing. There's a word: Evolution. And it's a beautiful thing, evolution.

Is there a specific concert film you're inspired by?
Recently I saw I don't know what venue it was, but it was Pink Floyd in some giant arena with a light show and mechanical things that was kind of beyond the beyond. But this "” what we're doing tomorrow "” is different than that. It's a blending of things swimming, like in another room, that will swim together with what's on the stage. That's what we're working on.

In the past you've been fairly critical of the downsizing of movies "” on iPhones, for instance "”
Fairly critical?

OK, harshly critical. Yet much of your output in the last few years has been geared for the Internet. Have you changed your mind, or are you pursuing a happy medium?
No. The bigger the screen, the better the sound, the more you're going to be in the world of cinema. It's kind of common sense. That will always be.

Yet it's been 10 years since Mulholland Drive "” your last conventionally shot and distributed feature film. Did you anticipate or seek that change for yourself "” working digitally and independently on things from Inland Empire to this project "” a decade ago?
I've always worked not through a studio system. I've never made a studio picture. I believe in freedom, and that's it.

Do you have a film in mind that you want to take on after this concert project?
I'm working on a bunch of stuff. I just had a show open a couple days ago at the Griffin Gallery here in L.A. "” a bunch of paintings and sculpture and my lamps. I'm working on painting and music right now, and I'm thinking about the next film.
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Re: Duran Duran concert directed by Lynch

Postby HarmsWay » Tue Mar 22, 2011 1:16 pm

yeah i saw a banner for this on youtube the other day...didn't bother to click it because I almost didn't believe it
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Re: Duran Duran concert directed by Lynch

Postby iar » Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:27 pm

Did anyone see this? I watched the last 15 mins or so, because I'm not a fan of Duran Duran and it was all I could take! The concept was interesting.. sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't.

But if you missed it, then go to youtube and search 'Come Undone UNSTAGED'. David went bonkers on this one and I almost spat my drink out. Personally, I thought it was utterly hilarious as did most people on the twitter stream, but it's 99% negative and angry comments on youtube (from a lot of disgruntled Duran Duran fans.)

Basically he overlayed some random BBQ/Weiner graphics, and some mice/dog singing puppets. I was laughing so hard. It's probably because I'm so used to Lynch's absurd humour, because I don't care for Duran Duran and because I thought in a ridiculous way it made sense. (That laid back summer feel)

I'm sure there are plenty of Duran Duran fans here that thought it was stupid and clumsy but for me, it was the highlight in an otherwise relatively boring concert (from a Lynch perspective).
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Re: Duran Duran concert directed by Lynch

Postby moviemaker » Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:32 pm

I agree the concert itself was fairly pedestrian. Adding the David Lynch overlays was very interesting and hilarious but for the most part it only helped to make the concert annoying and uninspiring. Two artistic styles (DD + Lynch) that seem to mix like oil and water I suppose--it all seemed very surface to me. In fact if I didn't know it was David Lynch, I would have thought who is this guy trying to create a really bad concert video. But it is pure and unadulterated Lynch. Just give me the Lynch overlays and get rid of the concert, ha.
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Re: Duran Duran concert directed by Lynch

Postby matto » Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:01 am

some professional and amateur reviews:

http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsoun ... marily.php
"On the DuranDuran VEVO channel, some fans said they were "annoying," "migraine-inducing" and even that they "ruined" the show. We don't agree. The camera options on the VEVO site and extra visuals made for multi-faceted entertainment. The band sure seemed happy with it."

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ ... t-20110324
"Online, the show was recognizably Lynchian, photographed in murky black-and-white, and with wisps of smoke and fire, bleak objects and dead animals superimposed over the band."

http://starcasm.net/archives/91603
"Lynch's bizarre inventiveness reached so many zany highs that it was almost a letdown during "A View to a Kill"and its famous chorus "dance into the fire"that Lynch went withwell, fire. That's it. Just flames licking Simon and band. Maybe he was reaching the bottom of his trick bag by the end of the show. Or ' wait, now I get it! Lynch is establishing the meta-narrative that Duran Duran are now a bunch of wienies burning up on a grill? Nothat doesn't quite work."

http://dontletitgo.com/2011/03/24/revie ... vid-lynch/
"I did not watch the alternative video feeds that were available, just Lynch's main feed. And I think that, aside from my minor quibbles, his direction made the broadcast better than the typical concert livestream. Perhaps when I was younger, I would have wanted every second of video to be devoted to a crystal-clear, close-up shot of one of the band members, but here I liked the balance between high-quality close-ups and interesting additional media, background shots, etc."

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