Shriek & the Art of Collaboration

I have been doing a lot of thinking about the importance of collaboration this past fortnight, which lead me back to one of the finest collaborations of recent times (at least that I am aware of); a genre-bending splice of speculative fiction, film and music by Jeff VanderMeer, The Church and J.T. Lindroos based on VanderMeer’s novel, Shriek: An Afterword. It’s a collaboration that takes maximises the talents of each contributor; plays to their strengths and then stretches them… VanderMeer is a multiple award winning writer, but until Shriek had not ventured into the realm of film / soundtrack, in their 30 years as a band, The Church have established  a cult following across the globe, making their name as art-rock pioneers, but as a group, had never soundtracked a film and Lindroos is better known for his work as an artist, Shriek being his first foray into film. But when the elements combine, it is with tremendous force!

There came a force so beguiling that even a cold-minded scholar must surrender to it. There came a war so strange that bullets became delicacies. There came a night so terrible no one could name it. And one man’s obsession may hold the key to the survival of a city…

If those words are not enough to hook you, then why not watch the trailer, featuring voice over from The Church’s Steve Kilbey & Tim Powles.

But please… do not stop there, the short film in its entirety is now online for your viewing pleasure. This is the type of collaboration that inspires me to keep pushing myself as an artist.

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2 responses to “Shriek & the Art of Collaboration

  1. Oh…love the tease on this one!

  2. Graham,

    Thanks for your kind comments! It was both great fun and a terrible headache — I still grit my teeth watching some of the middle section, but there’s much in it I really like. The end result was more than it was supposed to be to start with, but not as much as it could have been, by the end of it.

    Kathleen’s (http://kat330.posterous.com) voice work was fantastic, and editing it to Church’s oddly beautiful music was a delight. I think of it more as an illustrated audio play than a film.

    Anyway, it was a pleasure to hear the little film-let is still remembered. Cheers, –JT.

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