TOM DREAM TALKS WHINNIE WILLIAMS - QUESTIONS LUKE TIERNEY
Tom Dream's back collaborating with the subtly sexy Whinnie Williams. It's not about that flesh game, the opposite infact as a cat suit dominates what is a visually arresting video from start to finish. Those colours. That bike! Having worked with Whinnie before on 'Too Strong' the collaboration has gone from strength to strength to LA! Pop videos that rely on character and craft are few and fair between but here we have both leading us to catch up with Mr. Dream. Oh how we talked. Talked about what it was like shooting in LA for the 1st time, how the bike scenes were shot and what it's like to continue to collaborate with Whinnie. WORD IS CHEAP: What was it like shooting in LA for the first time? TOM DREAM: I was out there for a month before scouting locations and meeting with DPs. If you hadn't introduced me to producer Andreas Attai it would have been a very different shoot. He helped from the moment we touched down and brought together such an incredible, dedicated team. It's always difficult shooting somewhere unfamiliar, so it was essential to have someone as involved and resourceful as Andreas.
I turned up to a meeting with an all female biker gang in a white rental wagon. I’ve never felt so uncool. They agreed to help us out and were basically up for doing whatever, but the insurance company and location manager, not so much…
WIC: Were you nervous at all about shooting Whinnie-on-bike scenes? TD: I wasn't until I got there. I turned up to a meeting with an all female biker gang in a white rental wagon. I've never felt so uncool. They agreed to help us out and were basically up for doing whatever, but the insurance company and location manager, not so much... Budget constraints meant down-scaling my initial '100 biker girls at sunset' scene, but after considering the legal implications it was probably for the best. WIC: That catsuit! Talk us through the styling. TD: The video is based on Jack Cardiff's directorial debut called The Girl On a Motorcycle, also know as Naked Under Leather, starring Marianne Faithful. Stylist Aimee Croysdill had the suit designed from scratch, and the belt was custom made too from Harry Fowler's design (Yawn Creative). The suit is an essential element of the film so it was important this was done proplerly.
WIC: So Jack Cardiff's film left a big impression on you? TD: Yeah definitely. The Girl On a Motorcycle was reviewed as 'Pointless and unintentionally funny, but also entertaining with some occasionally stunning cinematography.' I love this description, so this is exactly what I tried to create with this video. WIC: You play with different mediums, what was the thinking behind this and what did you shoot on? TD: Without budget for a camera car the bike scenes were shot from the back of my aforementioned white wagon, with Whinnie and the bike strapped onto a trailer. This meant to get the bike detail shots I wanted I had to lie next to the bike with something handheld. Unless I could make these shots static they had to have their own character, so I found a hi8 camera out there that actually worked and filmed all the cutaways on that. It shoots but doesn't playback, so I had to find another one to digitise it - fun! WIC: How does it affect your creative, repeatedly making videos for an artist? I love the energy and style of Whinnie's tracks, so the ideas come quite naturally. And from one project to the next we're obviously keen to develop things and go bigger each time, so it's always an exciting process.