A dark mystery that reflects on an uncertain human age, Into The Blue permeates the mind more than your average music film. It is a collaboration between music duo L A N D and production studio Today Is Boring that takes viewers on a twisted journey through fear and barbarism via raw emotion. Directors Adam and Tree Carr enlisted the help of prop designer Jamie Bull (who has worked with the likes of Peaches and designer Charlie Le Mindu) to create a spectacular range of gruesome prosthetics for the project. Adam, Tree and Jamie spoke to Dazed about the final result and shed light on the process involved in such an epic piece of short film.
The thread that runs through the film is fear of the implosion of civility into barbarism, though we were also heavily influenced by stories about 'the death trip' and what happens in the mind's eye
Dazed Digital: So how did all this come about?
Adam and Tree: L A N D approached us and upon hearing the song we were instantly inspired to write a neo noir type western (in sense, not setting). L A N D's music is incredibly atmospheric and saturated in mood which pulled us straight to cinematic exercises in gravity and tension. Practically speaking, we went out into some pretty wild places in bleak weather for this one, which was great because we love getting put through the wringer.
DD: What was the main concept behind it?
Adam and Tree: The world is in a period of severe economic uncertainty, largely and simply due to short-term thinking. The thread that runs through the film is fear of the implosion of civility into barbarism, though we were also heavily influenced by stories about 'the death trip' and what happens in the mind's eye.
DD: What was working with Jamie like?
Adam and Tree: We were always very impressed with Jamie's creative mind and the way he saw and filtered things. He has amazing ability to fit all these gothic and horrific elements together in a hilarious and visually addictive way.
DD: And Jamie, how did this come about for you?
Jamie Bull: I've been involved in production design and art direction for various projects before but began moving into film when Adam and Tree asked me to work with them on their David David Fashion film. I have a tumblr [4fucksakebabes] which is a scrapbook of horror, porn and conceptual and contemporary art – basically things that are grotesque but also make you laugh. Say, for this film, I was inspired by Ridley Road Market bush meat and cryptozoology.