(Info about production crew, pictures of rewards (inc. original art) and budget breakdown below synopsis)
SOLVE et COAGULA is about re-membering the body, reconnecting the mind-body-spirit split; a mythic tale rooted in the ancient archetypes of Orpheus, Osiris and Dionysos, yet increasingly relevant in our age of virtualization, depersonalization and desensitization.
SOLVE et COAGULA takes as its premise the myth of Orpheus, ancient Thracian bard who -apparently due to his lack of presence- was torn limb from limb by the Maenads, primal wild-women in the retinue of Dionysos, God of drama and intoxication.
Yet this ending of a classic(al) tale is just the beginning of ours, for I have always wondered what happened to the immortal head of Orpheus (having already illegally visited the Underworld to attempt to rescue his lost love Eurydice, he could never return there) after it floated off down the River of Lament, still singing woefully, disembodied and bereft of intent
The idol known as Baphomet, was originally purportedly a Head which gave oracles to the heretical medieval mystical order The Knights Templar. SOLVE et COAGULA proposes this self-same disembodied entity to be the immortal head of Orpheus, having learnt some things in the preceding millennia, and now eager to create for itself a new body, via vicarious appreciation of the bodies of others with his super-sensitive ears and eyes…
'I have come to Understand Spirit
But not as something separate from the senses
I have come to Understand That what is above, is also below
That for you to forget, so you must know
That what lies without, so lies within
Though disembodied, I have come to understand the power of
Taste, touch, sound scent and sight,
Of bones, muscle, sinew and skin'
SOLVE et COAGULA was originally a live musical play, performed in Australia, USA, UK and around Europe in 2011 and 2012. Its creation and performance dove-tailed and interwove with the execution of The Tela Quadrivium, a nine-year 4-volume book-web project progressively published by Fulgur Limited (UK), and it is through the corresponding images within these books that its development is perhaps best illustrated visually as well as conceptually:
The above image in Coagula was the first vision of Baphomet as a Sabbat Egregore composed of many figures.
From there came the idea of creating a similar work three-dimensionally, and I began to create a life-size Baphometic torso -first of clay then of more flexible wax, composed of individual figures which lock together on multiple angles to form the larger composite figure. A two-dimensional image of this statue appears in the corresponding pages of Solve (Black Book of the Tela Quadrivium):
However this new film in progress differs in that most of it will be re-shot especially for the film rather than just editing together existing footage from the live productions. This allows more close-ups, different angles with no audience in the way, and multiple takes to get everything just right. Additionally much of the stop-animated material of the composite statue’s construction will be recreated with newer technology and further developed skills than in the version used as backing in the live shows. For this the actual statue itself is to be reconstructed, drawing on but improving on the earlier design…
Although minimal as my first (and thus trial) crowd-funding project, with the budget of this kickstarter behind it, several professional film people are to be involved in the production, helping me to edit and realize my vision beyond my own (humbly still considerable) technical skills, my own abilities lying primarily in the performative and directorial aspects.
One of these -doing much of the editing and post-production- is Cavan McLaughlin (BA(Hons)), senior lecturer in media at Northampton Uni, who is doing his Ph.D. Thesis on 'An occultural exegesis of a screenplay as an analytical method of revisionary mythmaking'! His recent music video for Denigrata (S16mm film) featuring Alan Moore can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVr0rbXk25Y
We also have onboard Tibor Hegedis, who was one of the Cinematographers for the cult classic 'Bad Boy Bubby'
Being about the mythic bard Orpheus, the music and soundtrack in this film are of great importance, and several skilled composers and musicians are also involved in this aspect, such as multi-instrumentalist Evan Flux and female vocalist Meg Nightjar
Some of the footage will be shot in beautiful Sintra, Portugal, and also probably in Bulgaria (Thrace in the Ancient Greek empire) in the actual geographical settings of the original myths, eg. the Hebrus river near Plovdiv.
IMAGES for REWARDS (new ones at top) -please click on 'SHOW FULL PROJECT DESCRIPTION' to see all (many) of them!
Full details and click-on-buttons in the column to the right (please note prices are listed in Australian $, which are slightly less than $US. Payments in any currency accepted)
Risks and challenges
How is all this going to be affordable on such a minimal budget? Basically by paying everyone involved for their time and energy except myself. I will taking a minimum cut to cover some of the expenses of the rewards I am offering etc., but not being additionally paid for my time involved as director, writer, performer, sculptor, etc. The reason for this is to keep it all affordable as a low budget production as my first crowd-funded project, and because I am happy to do mostly just for the love and art of it, but can’t expect others involved to do so!
Any additional funds made through this campaign (the ‘stretch goal’ if you like) beyond the initial proposed budget will go towards paying myself more fully for the rewards offered and my creative time involved.
Here is a rough breakdown of the budget (in Australian $):
camera people (inc. lights etc.) $800
extras (maenads & satyrs): $1500
rewards (printing production & postage costs, no profits): $2000Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (20 days)