Robin and the Backstabbers | Introduction

Robin and the Backstabbers is a Romanian band formed in 2010. They have released two studio albums: Stalingrad: Bacovia Overdrive Vol. I (2012) and Arhanghel’sk: Bacovia Overdrive Vol. II (2015). Their songs have hints of grunge, folk, and alternative rock, but they describe their sound as “melodramatic pop“.

They have released 8 music videos so far, most of them directed by the band’s former bass player, Vlad Feneșan. Their videos range in style from DIY, home-made videos such as Minciună mai mare nu am (“I Don’t Have a Bigger Lie”) to highly-produced, 4K resolution videos such as Sat după sat (“Village after Village”); from the highly abstract Soare cu dinți (“Sunshine with Teeth” – a Romanian idiom), to the interpretive narrative that is SPNZRTR (spelled Spânzurători – “Gallows”). This is why making a video for a Robin and the Backstabbers song is a challenge, seeing as they have touched on a plethora of different video genres throughout their career.

I have picked a song for now, but I’ll try to analyse a couple more of their releases in order to find the one that would look best on screen. Until then, this is Natașa (Natasha), a song about love, drugs and suicide taken from their debut album, Stalingrad:

Re-evaluated my pick for this year’s coursework

After struggling to come up with a strong story for my short film and only being able to come up with small snippets and motifs that I couldn’t bring together, I decided to switch my focus from the short film package to the music promotion package for my A2 coursework.

Still, here are some of the notes I took for my short film:

  • people in an elevator or another small, confined space
    • inspired by Vice article
    • maybe waiting room instead of elevator?
      • easier to film, more control, the space may have more personality
  • someone in the waiting room makes the main character a proposal
    • inspired by Fargo (TV), Lorne Malvo asking Lester whether to kill Sam Hess
  • people telling life stories, describing simple everyday events
  • reversed Todorov narrative (scenes in reverse chronological order)
    • new equilibrium, disruption and repair, initial equilibrium
    • inspired by Irréversible
  • find dialogue in a book?
  • In retrospect, reading an old text message, she realised something was definitely wrong.
  • opening scene (end of narrative) inspired by this
  • an apparently harmless dialogue leads to the disruption
  • character walks past people doing the same thing over and over again
    • inspired by my family playing bridge at the dining table

I just started doing research for my music video last week, so posts about that will be published soon.


9 Frame Analysis | “Square One” Film Opening

9 Frames

I decided to do a 9-frame analysis on my own film opening from the AS coursework, to help prepare for Section A, Part B of the A2 exam.

Frame 1:

The character turns off his alarm clock at 6 AM sharp, showing that he has a strict schedule.

Frame 2:

He makes his bed, meaning he is very disciplined and perhaps a perfectionist.

Frame 3:

As he is coming out of the bathroom, he walks past a cork board that has a missing person poster on it. The connotation is that he cannot let go of his wife’s disappearance, thus collecting the poster, newspaper cut-outs and receipts and keeping them in plain sight.

Frame 4:

This frame shows his undeniable discipline, as he buttons his shirt all the way up, while making eye contact with himself in the mirror. He doesn’t even need to look at the buttons, he just gets them right.

Frame 5:

Another shot of the clock, symbolizing (once again) his very strict schedule. In only 13 minutes, he woke up, made the bed, took a shower and got dressed. He is now heading for the kitchen.

Frame 6:

The character is eating breakfast alone, conveying his overwhelming solitude. His position, sitting with his back straight, shows yet again his discipline and perhaps OCD-like behaviour.

Frame 7:

Here he is spreading butter on a piece of toast. This is his everyday breakfast, the routine he can’t break away from.

Frame 8:

He washes the dishes right after finishing breakfast. There is a photo of him and his wife to the left of the frame and there are no other dishes on the dryer. His discipline is yet again showcased.

Frame 9:

The bartender pours his drink just as he walks into the bar, meaning he is a regular and doesn’t even need to order anymore. This is another (quite obvious) hint at his routine and compulsive behaviour.