「Deep In The Valley」(仮題, Temporary Title)

現在編集中の新作。それが仮にこのブログのタイトルにもなっているのだけど、西部劇のようなあるシンプルな情景と、ロケを行った東京・谷中を思わせるようなタイトルをといろいろ考えたあげく仮につけた表題だ。都内の演劇学校ENBUゼミナールの生徒とともに、昨年冬に撮影し、仮編集版を春、渋谷で公開した(ドロップシネマパーティー2008)のだが、どうしても編集に満足できず、未だに編集を続けている。

幸田露伴著「五重塔」を手がかりとして、昭和32年に消失した谷中五重塔の正体を探ろうとしてゆく極めてローカルな男女の物語というのが、私と脚本家根岸彩子が共同執筆した台本だった。しかし、シネハン取材中に出逢った象嵌職人に惹かれたり、常在寺という寺でロケ中、偶然あった盲目の墓守ばあさんに魅了されたりと、キャメラは次第にドキュメンタリー的な魅力へ向けられるようになり、当初の構成・台本を大きく裏切るものとなっていった。

現在は、その現場の生理で掴み取ったアメーバのごとき「映画のようなもの」を、刺激的なテーマの網の目へと構築し直すという作業をしている。そもそものコンセプトを全く無視して撮ったのだから、台本に頼ることは出来ず、100時間を超える映像の束に、何かしら映像詩としての時間性と空間性、思考の流動性と深化プロセスを見いださねばならない、と思っている。
10月末までには編集を終える予定だ。

I’ve been working on this project on HD since last year. First, ENBU Seminar, an acting school in Tokyo where I taught students for a semester, requested me to direct a short drama piece using the acting students. The concept itself wasn’t bad, but I thought I can stretch it a bit more. I wrote a script with Ayako Negishi, a scriptwriter and filmed in November and December, 2007. Naturally it exceeded the length for a short and we shot over 100 hours!

The reason was that I found many intriguing amateur people on the set and diverted the camera much more on them rather than student actors. One day at Jozaiji temple, Yanaka, we were shooting an Edo-period scene when I saw an old woman walking alone in the graveyard bumping into the gravestones here and there. I wondered what was going on and start talking with her. She told me that she was blind and had been grave-keeping for over 40 years. She said, “oh well, we have the 13-year commemoration ceremony of Kawahara family today, so I should clean their grave,” then she knows exactly where the grave is among hundreds of gravestones there! I was stunned and started filming her cleaning gravestones right away. — in this way the shoot diverted to more intuitively exciting direction as we keep filming, and at the end we have so much footage!

Now I’m struggling to find the coherent and profound theme within the footage. (Actually the film was recorded directly on harddisks, so it should be called “gigabyt-age”?) The script was almost non-existent. Creating immersive visual poetry out of this much materials is a big challenge!

It’ll be done by the end of October.

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3 Responses to “「Deep In The Valley」(仮題, Temporary Title)”

  1. Kevin Says:

    that’s a pretty cool story, Atsushi. It reminds me of the grave cleaning scenes in Kore-Eda’s new film which I just saw this morning in Toronto.

    Good luck with all that footage, I’m really looking forward to seeing the result!

  2. Eric van den Brulle Says:

    Atsush – sounds intriguing – hope to see it.

  3. Atsushi Says:

    Thanks, kevin for your comment.
    Actually, that was the only scene I liked in Koreeda film.

    Talk soon!

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