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Khruangbin joins friend & Creative Director, Scott Dungate, to create an epic short film set to our song ‘Two Fish and an Elephant'.
Khruangbin joins friend & Creative Director, Scott Dungate, to create an epic short film set to our song ‘Two Fish and an Elephant'.
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A SHORT FILM BASED ON A SONG

Khruangbin has always drawn inspiration from music and cinema, and it’s always been a big goal of ours to one day score a film. To help us work towards our goal, we’re teaming up with our friend and fan, Scott Dungate. We’re big fans of his too- he’s an acclaimed Creative Director who’s made some great work (see more on Scott below.)

Meet Two Fish
Meet Two Fish

Scott came up with a story set to our song ‘Two Fish and Elephant’, and wants to work with us to bring it to life. The story is about a long goodbye, and a girl named Two Fish who must face her haunted memories to move on. 

Meet the Elephant
Meet the Elephant

We love the idea of working backwards, ‘scoring’ a film to our song. And we need your help to do it.

We love our fans, and we want you to be a part of this ambitious idea. We can’t make it without your support. There is a lot that goes into making a film. And while we’re getting a lot of time donated to us from some amazing production partners, (see more on them below.) there are many hard costs involved--like location, filming equipment, props, actors, and lighting that we need help with.

Thank you for being a part of our project. The Universe Smiles Upon You.

ABOUT KHRUANGBIN THE BAND

Khruangbin
Khruangbin

Taking influence from 1960's Thai funk - their name literally translates to "Engine Fly" in Thai - Khruangbin’s debut album ‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’ is steeped in the bass heavy, psychedelic sound of their inspiration, soundtracks and surf-rock. The Texan trio is formed of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald “DJ” Johnson on drums.

Khruangbin ‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’
Khruangbin ‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’

Their recent and debut LP, ‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’ was recorded at their spiritual home, a remote barn deep in the Texas countryside where their first rehearsals took place. The band listened to a lot of different types of music on the long drives out to the country but their favourites were 60s and 70s Thai cassettes gleaned from the cult Monrakplengthai blog and compilations of southeast Asian pop, rock and funk. This had a heavy impact on the direction of the band, the scales they used and the inflection of the melodies; which coupled with the spaciousness of the Texan countryside culminated in Khruangbin forming their exotic, individual sound.

“We feel like there is an ease that comes from being immersed in a space, away from the distractions of the city and everyday life. We make our music in a barn, in the Texas hill country, because it makes sense to us. Being there allows us to make music that comes naturally, and that’s what we wanted our music to be."

Read More on Khruangbin from the Guardian and The New Yorker, and listen to them here. 

ABOUT SCOTT DUNGATE THE DIRECTOR

Scott Dungate
Scott Dungate

Project Two Fish is Scott's directional debut, but he is no stranger to making film. For the past 16 years he has worked with brands like Nike and Honda, creating emotive films that are far more entertainment than advertising. Scott has always had a burning desire to try his hand at directing, so hopefully this will be his chance to do so. You can see more of Scott's commercial work here.

ABOUT OUR PRODUCTION PARTNERS

Our lovely production partners
Our lovely production partners

Scott has called on the help of some very talented people that he has worked with over the years. Somesuch and Wieden+Kennedy will co-ordinate production. The Mill will help with color correction and VFX. Trim will work on the edit and Factory will provide sound design. We are extremely lucky to have the help and expertise of these award winning companies.

REWARDS! REWARDS! REWARDS!

Khruangbin rare 7 inch
Khruangbin rare 7 inch

We've assembled some great rewards to say thank you to all those who contribute. These include limited edition music, film memorabilia, tickets to sold out concerts, private gigs and personalized gifts. We hope those who contribute enjoy. 

Arrow prop from the film
Arrow prop from the film

Risks and challenges

This is an ambitious project, a project that deserves a high level of craft. This level of craft needs time, and more importantly, funding. While we have a number of great production partners that have volunteered their help, we need to raise adequate funds to ensure we can cover our hard costs. These costs can't be cut, for they would risk the overall quality of the film. It is essential we raise enough money to ensure the level of quality. Anything extra will be put onto the screen. We hope you can help us achieve our vision.

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    An framed original illustrated portrait of you (or of a loved one) hand drawn by Laura Lee of Khruangbin.

    Laura Lee has always illustrated loved ones that have contributed to our projects along the way, and they have been featured in ‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’ LP, as well as the recent ‘People Everywhere’ Record Store Day release.

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    Five framed original Story Board Drawings, framed, for "Project 2 Fish" drawn by Hiro, as featured in our kickstarter film.

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    Associate Producer Film Credit.

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    A visit to the set of 'Two Fish'. The shoot will most likely take place w/c 30 May.

    *Note that Khruangbin is touring during this time and most likely will not be on set.

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