The Raven On The Jetty Vlog 10

In this Vlog, I discuss with Mark Duggan the process of storyboarding The Raven On The Jetty. We’re less than two weeks from the start of principal photography, and the storyboarding process is intense at the moment.

I may have mentioned elsewhere on this blog that, in my view, the story we’re about to make already exists – my job is to lead a creative team to give it a physical form. The Italian sculptor, Rodin, and other artists worked from a similar principle. For me, therefore, the storyboarding process is part of a process of giving shape to a story that already exists without form. I know it is there, because I can feel it. I can feel when something is right and when something is wrong. I am guided almost exclusively by my feelings. Something is there, even if I don’t know exactly what. Even if I cannot explain it. As Tengo is told by his father in Murakami’s novel 1Q84, ‘If you don’t understand it without an explanation, you won’t understand it with an explanation’.

The less I think, the better. The less I interfere intellectually, the better. The more I can simply let the story emerge onto the paper and eventually onto the screen without too much interference, without critical judgement and without fear, the better. In this Vlog, I speak a little about the practical process involved in this part of the ephemeral journey.