The promo for ’Drifting’ (the first single from ‘Unsound Methods’) was directed by John Clayton for Swivel Films. Shot inside the derelict Brook Hospital in South East London, it featured both vocalist Siobhan Lynch and Alan Wilder, together with an extensive cast of characters which included Alan’s daughter Paris and his partner Hepzibah. Although the falling man is Alan’s character, this stunt was performed by a circus trampolinist, filmed in slow motion in a variety of falling positions.
Clayton expressed his idea for a “dark, atmospheric mood piece” with a “filmic, cinematic” quality. He wanted to capture the very composed and choreographed setting and style of early Antonioni and Bertolucci films and felt that these elements could be synonymous with every aspect of the promo from the sharp, clear photography and moody film-noir lighting to the cast dressed in slightly anonymous smart suit.
‘Drifting’ was shot on super 16mm, film stock designed to give a more cinematic look. With roughly 1 and half hours of raw footage, the ‘rushes’ are processed at a laboratory and then transfered to video format – T.K. (telekenetic transfer). At this point, decisions are made as to the ‘look’ of the film. T.K. is an extremely sophisticated process which allows colour within the film to be saturated, disaturated or even changed completely.
Black can be ‘crushed’ to give a harder look, filters can be used to soften – there are a thousand different ways the raw film can end up looking.
With all the rushes now on Betacam video tape, the images are digitised and once loaded into ‘Avid’ (software which runs on Apple Mac computers), they can be accessed randomly.
Unfortunately, the off-line cut is not a broadcastable copy and so one final procedure is necessary, the on-line edit, where the cuts are reproduced from the original telecine’d rushes using E.D.L. (edit decision list) to bring everything up to broadcast spec.
Doctor: Peter Saracen
Nurse: Jacqueline Duff
Optometrist: Sid Wragg
Psychiatrist: Mark Moony
Bald guy: Robert Stone
Twin 1: Austin Mews
Twin 2: Howard Mews
Waif: Molly Hallam
Psycho: David Fernandez
Orderly: Nick Stephens
Mother: Hepzibah Sessa
Child: Paris Wilder