Oh my word...thanks to a tip from my pal MK at popbytes, I've been transported into a world of fairy tales and princesses and all things aesthetically stunning. Filmmaker Eugene Lee Yang put together a spec music video using the songs of Marina & the Diamonds, and it's a journey of bright lights, beautiful colors, and the most beastly of all things beautiful and bewildering.
Eugene portrays his vision in much better terms than I, so his description is below the video. This is jaw-droppingly-amazing, and I get chills every time I rewind to the 4:23 mark when Are You Satisfied? kicks in.
Super mondo hat tip to you, sir!
My original spec music video for the incredibly talented indie pop artist Marina and the Diamonds comprised of a supermix of tracks from her inspiring debut album, The Family Jewels.
The story reimagines a myriad of classic princess mythologies that every little boy and girl has grown up either adoring...resenting...fulfilling...(or a conflicted mixture of all those feelings), and writes each fairy tale its own unique, modern twist. This message: of carving your own path and ultimately following your heart, regardless of expectation or society, is very near and dear to me and hopefully reflected in the spirit of this film.
Marina herself said it best when describing the origin of her musical identity: "I saw a simple group made up of many people who had the same hearts. A space for people with similar ideals who could not fit in to life's pre-made mold. I was terribly awkward for a long time! I really craved to be part of one thing because I never felt too connected to anybody and now I feel I have that all around me."
My fairy tale dream was this: to produce and direct my ideal music video with no limitations...to allow a spectacular young cast and crew to perform solely off their own creativity...to encourage and embrace diversity on film...to direct a project both my grandmother and little sister could love and understand...and, if anything, to promote a new artist who sincerely deserves more international attention.
Please check out her official YouTube page or visit her official site to purchase her album. Artists like her - especially in pop music - are indeed as rare as diamonds, and upon your first listen you'll understand why I chose to feature her music in this passion project.
"I know exactly what I want and who I want to be..."