GHOSTS (36 DIRECTORS / 4 CHAPTERS / 1 STORY)
Ghosts I‐IV (the album) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non‐Commercial Share Alike license.
This project aims to gather together directors from all over the world in just one film, telling just one story. The album is divided into four parts and 36 tracks, so we will be calling 36 directors to be part of this project.
Using a 36 track instrumental collection available on‐line. Almost two hours of new music composed and recorded over an intense ten week period in 2008, Ghosts I ‐ IV sprawls Nine Inch Nails across a variety of new terrain.
Excerpt from Album
Trent Reznor explains on the making of Ghosts, "I've been considering and wanting to make this kind of record for years, but by its very nature it wouldn't have made sense until this point. This collection of music is the result of working from a very visual perspective ‐ dressing imagined locations and scenarios with sound and texture; a soundtrack for daydreams. I'm very pleased with the result and the ability to present it directly to you without interference. I hope you enjoy the first four volumes of Ghosts."
This music arrived unexpectedly as the result of an experiment. The rules were as follows: 10 weeks, no clear agenda, no overthinking, everything driven by impulse. Whatever happens during that time gets released as... something.
The team: Atticus Ross, Alan Moulder and myself with some help from Alessandro Cortini, Adrian Belew and Brian Viglione. Rob Sheridan collaborated with Artist in Residence (A+R) to create the accompanying visual and physical aesthetic. We began improvising and let the music decide the direction. Eyes were closed, hands played instruments and it began. Within a matter of days it became clear we were on to something, and a lot of material began appearing. What we thought could be a five song EP became much more. I invited some friends over to join in and we all enjoyed the process of collaborating on this. The end result is a wildly varied body of music that we're able to present to the world in ways the confines of a major record label would never have allowed ‐ from a 100% DRM‐ free, high‐quality download, to the most luxurious physical package we've ever created.
‐ Trent Reznor, March 2, 2008 from Ghosts album.
The challenge of this project will be to pass from one “shortfilm” to another, building an unique story and not 36 shorts united without a meaning. We will use compositions, montage techniques and objects to generate continuity.
For example, the main character of the story no.1 will be shot mostly in “subjective shot” so the traffic from one director to another will be by short ellipsis. The protagonist runs through New York, goes inside the subway. Then, the train wagon were he is sitting is in Buenos Aires. In this example the “subjective shot” allows the trespass from one city to another just by montage. Another example, Character 1 calls Character 2 and we then pass to the other story, in another city. We are going to develop a list of possible transitions to connect each part. Of course later the directors can arrange a particular transition that we will supervise in a forum.
We are developing a time line with the route of the characters, with some actions to use as a guide for each part. Every director will have the liberty to develop their own script and will be able to add dialogue and work with the rest of the directors to build the final script.
We will assign a track to each director based on his or her previous work. This sequence will have rules:
Interior/Exterior, Day/Night, Location, Action, Character(s) and Concept. Besides, a relation between the final shot of one part and the first shot of the next part.
The general direction will be in Chile, where we will edit the complete story and make a general color correction to guarantee continuity.
All films will then be posted on MUBI Garage and the feature film will have it's premiere at the Cine//B Film Festival in Chile and Big Screen Project in New York City in November of 2011. Each participating director will also be invited to screen a films of his/her at the Cine//B Film Festival(short or feature).
We will be announcing in Production Notes over the coming weeks the participating filmmakers. The team of Cine//B and MUBI Garage are in the selection process and if you are interested in being a part of this collaborative experience please message Florencia Dupont of Cine//B or Garage.
This film like the album is being made and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non‐Commercial Share Alike license.