p.s bet the lead that deserted you is now cursing herself!
I hope so!
Amazing that you brushed a lot of music video vocabulary seemingly through practical neccessity rather than choice. Not to undermine you and your director's abilities, but sometimes limitations bring out the best.
Definitely, its often the limitations that keep you on track, because you have to embrace them and make them your own, its much easier to build a consistent style of lack of resources, than decide what luxuries your not going to use.
If you suddenly have access to dollies, jibs, steadicam, cranes etc i suppose it must be hard not use them... when you don't have them, you find an alternative and run with it I suppose, like the Evil Dead and its use of Plank-Cam.
My favorite example would be in The 400 Blows, in interiors the blimped camera becomes physically immobile and all the interior scenes: the classroom and Doniel's parents apartment are almost totally static. Out doors the relatively small Eclair Cameflex camera suddenly becomes mobile, with swishing pans galore, there's suddenly a lot more energy and freedom to his life on the streets. How many film-studies lectures have hailed this as inspired direction, when the direction has perhaps stemmed from technical limitations?
I really like the idea of the band being in the house, was that yours? Because if you take that idea and run with it, i think you'd end up with a pretty interesting situation, thanks
Essentially the house was the only resource which we were physically close to, we were at first looking at trying to find an alternative bar, but were finding it impossible and we generally thought taking to the streets without prior permission in North London was going to be disastrous.
When somebody explained to me the style of the house (muted colours galore), I imagined we could invert our original idea. Originally Marianna was to be a glamorous hostess in charge of a hip 60's bar, showing her to be sought after by her male clientele, lonely in a way but very much in charge. So when that concept was nuked, the description of the house made me think of the dancing in the window woman from Mike Leigh's Naked - so I thought of the idea of this Marianna character who wakes up alone wearing a dress in bed, with mascara running down her face, who goes about her day making her self to go out at night again, but then stays in and dances by her self in the house all dressed up, while band members play in different parts of her house around her like ghosts.
So essentially we had a rough idea how it was to progress, using the natural light fall off, but pretty much improvised each scene as we went along. Of course the original idea got more and more diluted as we went along, when the actress disappeared, the singer's girlfriend stepped in but was obviously uncomfortable with certain aspects and had to be changed. Muting the original idea probably helped and hindered it as much.
The thing that really lets it down for me as a whole is the shot of her giggling, that was originally an out-take which they put in the edit for an experiment. For me it completely ruins the atmosphere and I made my opinion known but they pretty much bluntly pulled rank on me. Annoying really as I felt I pretty much came up with the concept and contributed so much, but never-mind.