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How to Make an Epic Movie on a Shoestring

BACKGROUND~
SCI FI SOL is adapted from the album of the same name produced in 2003 in Amsterdam by indie electro-pop wunderkind MELODY NIFE.

Originally conceiveLuv Ur Shade TRAX ICONd as a soundtrack for an imaginary science fiction epic, SCI FI SOL (The Movie) was a dream nearly abandoned before MELODY NIFE met underground moviemaker JOSEPH R LEWIS while they were both touring the United States performing educational theatre for schoolchildren.

JRL & MN began a close friendship and occupied idle times by discussing what a possible SCI FI SOL movie adaptation may look like.  After many years of daydreaming, they agreed to undertake the mission of creating “the most epic no-budget science fiction fantasy of all time.”

SCI FI SOL was shot as a silent movie and uses the original album of music, played from beginning to end, as the entirety of the movie’s soundscape.  It is being released online for free as a music video adventure series and you can watch it RIGHT HERE wheneva U  want.  Trailer below:

NOTES FROM JRL~
“Getting Loaded” is my fave song on the album.  I think it’s one of Melody Nife’s very best tunes, and out of a catalog of hundreds – that’s something.  I’d always thought it had an eerie anthemic quality, like good Pink Floyd.  When we went into production, I reserved it a special place in my heart and my mind.

QUEEN B XOXWriting sessions usually consisted of Nife talking, me listening, and then me saying back to him what I heard.  He often disagreed with what I had to say.  In this way we were able to quickly discern our disparate ways of thinking and conceptualizing material.  I would take the ideas we dished about and write out sections of the screenplay and send them to him and we would argue and then I’d rewrite and then we’d argue less and eventually we weren’t arguing anymore.  Time-wise the writing process went pretty quick, maybe 5 months from start finish- But we went through more drafts than any script I had ever written before.

For instance:
Nife kept talking about these images for “Getting Loaded”:  students rising from their desks and walking out of class, empty offices like deserted ruins,  throngs of people spilling out into the streets and heading toward the beach.

Since the goal was to make an epic sci-fi movie without money, I would mull over the images Nife suggested and distill them down to their emotional content.  And then I’d just wait until I thought of something that would 1) express the same emotion 2) fit in the world 3) be possible.Emily Tunnel

For me, the song was about needing to separate from the world that is, and pursuing a world that could be.  Freedom, I guess.  Since we couldn’t do big crowd stuff or expansive exteriors due to our resources,  I thought it would be a good idea to magnify our focus and show scenes of individuals experiencing this captivity.  This was how I usually side-stepped the “problem” of not having much to work with:  Instead of shrinking the idea down I would magnify the focus and give my performers the responsibility  of creating the feeling of bigness and epic-itude that I needed.

Babydoll TRAX ICONI didn’t storyboard SCI FI SOL as I did with SCUMBABIES.  Each movie existed in a fantasy world, but instead of a single location SCI FI SOL took place throughout a whole CITY!   I knew that the bigness we wanted to pull off would require a completely different kind of shooting style, where my eyes would need to be WIDE open on set and always hunting for found material and the right kind of in-the-moment image that would hopefully make the movie feel like bigger than it really was.

For this reason “Getting Loaded” was particularly fun to shoot.  We shot the entire video in a single day in a single huge room.  The scenes and the images built themselves up piece by piece, and I never had any idea what it was going to look like until the cameras were rolling.

XOXJRL

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THE RAYGUN SISTERS XOX

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See The Raygun Sisters in SCI FI SOL on the BIG SCREEN at the Logan Square Theatre as part of WEDNESDAY REWIND  presented by DAME KATIE RIFE.

A new Music Video Adventure each week before the feature!  Follow the adventure on Facebook for FREE TRAX! WILD TXT! SUPERHERO PIX!  & COOL VIDZ!

Wednesdays at 10:30pm thru May, 2013
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SCI FI SOL at the LOGAN SQUARE THEATER

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Catch SCI FI SOL on the BIG SCREEN at the Logan Square Theatre as part of WEDNESDAY REWIND  presented by DAME KATIE RIFE.

A new Music Video Adventure each week before the feature!

Wednesdays at 10:30pm thru May, 2013
LOGAN SQUARE THEATRE
2646 N Milwaukee Ave  Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 342-5555

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POP! NEON! SCI FI SOL!

Melody Nife & The Underground Multiplex are proud to announce the launch of SCI FI SOL – The Music Video Adventure Series!

Today’s premiere presentation is the music video “Babydoll” featuring SEXY DANCERS,  EMILY THE LONELY DESIGNER, THE EVIL BRAIN, and even cameo appearances from your favorite bumbling buffoons MATCH & STONE!

If you like music and fantasy, comic books and video games, then this will be right up your dark neon alley!

Follow along here at the Plex for original SCI FI SOL vidz, pix, txt, and trax!

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SCI FI SOL presents THE LEGEND OF MELODY NIFE

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LEGEND OF MELODY NIFE

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Melody Nife is the cutting edge.

The universe began with a bang and on the wings of its expansion flies sounds, sights, and spirits.

Melody Nife expresses the outer limits of this movement.

Melody Nife is the cutting edge.

As humans evolved, so did the technology they created. Soon, the cites they built began to be controlled by these machines.

Through the process of transformation, one machine produced a spirit. A spirit that signaled the arrival of a digital consciousness, a time when the moment to moment progression of the universal voice would be expressed by a digital brain. This brain was the Sci Fi Sol.

The Sci Fi Sol had a thought. A being of human form must be created to become the Sci Fi Sol incarnate, specifically, a “Rock Star” to lead the people towards their rightful place as servants to the digital brain.

Melody Nife was the Sci Fi Sol’s Rock Star.

To create this digital human, Sci Fi Sol enlisted the help of a human designer named Emily. Though to her, it was merely an idea that occurred to her to do, her designs would give the size and shape — and humanity — to Melody Nife.

Thus, Melody Nife was created, as were six disciples, all designed to deliver the message that Sci Fi Sol was now in control.

But something changed.

Melody Nife and Emily fell in love.

Melody Nife was a man with a digital brain, but now he had a heart for a human woman.

Using the disciples, Sci Fi Sol enslaved Melody Nife calculating that if he were to consummate his love with Emily — one solitary human — its mission would be compromised. Melody Nife was intended to be the object of all desire and he was to woo each of the world’s subjects equally. He was not intended to feel for himself. Emily had changed that.

But, the brain’s message of supremacy was to be delivered at all costs. Sci Fi Sol continued to harvest music from its Rock Star counterpart, now using Melody Nife’s own desire for Emily as fuel for an even more powerful digital message.

Love is the shape of the universe.

And love is stronger than any machine, even one that can think for itself.

The human bond between Melody Nife and Emily was too strong. And the will of the disciples was too weak.

The Sci Fi Sol machine was destroyed, but in its absence, remains its human-with-a-digital-brain, Melody Nife.

Melody Nife is the Sci Fi Sol.

And still, the universe continues to expand. New sounds and starlight spread out into an approaching infinity. And Melody Nife lives on the cutting edge of this expansion. His digital spirit scientifically documents the experience of “now”, and does so with a human heart. The music, the visions, the phrases, are all expressions of the cutting edge of reality.

Melody Nife is the cutting edge.

XOX

A Love Letter Video to Internet Trolling

“Thank You Hater!”
A very funny music video by Isabel Fay and the Clever Pies “honoring” the lowest of internet life–the troll. NSFW