THE FIRST MINUTE IS SILENT!
This is the official edit of the video, "The Riddle" by Random Rab
Directed by Mariano Diaz
Cinematography by Dugan O'Niel
Production by Melissa Wynne-Jones
Edited by Random Rab
Music written and produced by Random Rab
MARIANO A. DIAZ
A beautiful day will turn to night as the sun goes into an eclipse..over the country side of Ashland; ..during the Shakespear festival week ..
At this time of year..there's dressed up actors all over town.with humorous theatrics in the hazy autumn light..the scenes are pretty surreal with lots of smoke and wind engulfing the world.
There's a group of actors dressed -up , performin a parade down the street; accopanied by ;stilt walkers and a small marching band ...and... some small circus animals. all parading ,dancing,,,power-.walking towards the horizon(.along with the enchanting intro.)
Later that evening.. as the extended intro keeps playing..our small parade has made their way into the woods..and are marching up a small dirt road leading towards an illuminated barn in the distance...glowing amidst dusk's fog.
(some close ups of the night activity in these parts ..i.e beettles .night owls ,wolves etc.)
The eclipse is well on its way ,,that is almost covering the sun.The extended intro keeps playing..and we start going into our setting....pass some trees..throught the fog.. when we encounter a couple of cherubs ,,one bathing while the other one plays the flute along with..the ..intro
.they are dramatically back lit by a pair of headlights..beaming throught the dense fog..(pan shot r-l).coming our direction.
We see some dogs barrkingat something.. When the lyrics kick in.. An elaborate metallic art car rolls up. and a group of the most dazzling beauties ever..come strolling out !!. They're dressed in brilliant fabrics and reflective colours...they represent the diff. icons of theatre and history in angelic humorous forms...with extreme make-up and hair dos..so ellaborate..beauty marks and collars ;as well as poodles and mascots of diiff. sorts,
they stroll out and make their way towards the entrance,,just as the small parade arrives on foot,,and stilts....they are all greeted at the entrance by the two miniature royal guards (;with shinny helmets and mustaches.)..the entrance is an ornate piece of art... the golden molding and red carpet are.nicelly juxtaposed with the rough esthetics of the barn.
We follow the whole crew..in through the two huge barn doors..an amberlight glows from within..when we reveal..
Inside this old barn is one of the funkiest ..most elaborate masquerades ever thrown...it's a surreal exhuberant display of buregois excentricity....there's a lot of white wigs and make- up (Luccent d'ossier)
the feeling of magik hangs in the atmosphere,,sparkles, smoke and the over all feeling of LOVE,,hangs about,,there;s familiesand kids running around,,playing and laughing ,,there's an ellaborate tea party taking place,,of the likes of alice..in wonderland..
We glide through the air ,,..just above it all..& come across clouds of white baloons moving out of our POV to reveall: a fashion show on its way..it 's a show case on absurdity ..with costumes so elllaborate ..they barelly make sense (.i.e a giant medallion,a mirrored priest..a giant light up bird..etc. )the setting changes as well..big framed mirrors/paintings and fabrics come down ..a stage -alter is set up in the middle of the wall,,, looking very gauti.
with sculpted light rays shooting out of the center and lots of glitter.. the people go wild..flower pedals start flying around.and it all becomes very ceremonial ,an anticipation performance if you will...golden lights..& all!!
That's when our own ...Rab takes the stage -alter !! on top of his dj set-up(podium)walking in slow..motion.(at first)..he looks like a space age evangelist preacher..with mic in one hand.a golden sword in the other,.and lots of white and glitter!! , with lots of sexual presence .. the crowd loves it !!..
when he delivers his lovelly lines the ladies go wild in the front!!.(.they scream!!)
A spot light goes on him...and he gets smoothie,,the crowd listens in love..flowers and other sweet items land at his feet..Rab takes his bows but the lyrics keep playing..he smiles and blows some kisses,points at some girls in back..takes a couple of more bows..and eventually picks up the song again,,the crowd goes wild !! (.they scream!!).
When the song goes back to instrumental..the party takes over,,there's some amazing breakdancing going on .the song plays back and forth(@ 2:08--19)..there's also the delight ful scene at the tea paty ..it's all lovely!. there's an anticipation in the air ..when all of the sudden the barn doors open..! and a fleet of art cars..comes through in a gust of glitter and confetti..again the crowd goes wild.!!
.the cars drive throught ..there's acrobatics happening bodies flying throught hoops ..clowns in the foreground..some real sexyness from the various ladies present..there's a long swing hanged from the ceiling..it's all climaxing with the art cars going bye with what seems to be beauty queens and kings on top..and they are also taking their bows!!
and some of the crowd bows back.....it's a bit peculiar!..some beautiful aerial shots show the whole scenario.
What happens next is sweet ..@(3;50)every character we,ve introduce so far starts to sing along with the lyrics,,chorus..that repeats itself .."i.hummonee,,,i,,hummmonnee" as if declaring a bond ..a spoken bond..is a sweet scene as everyone 's wording ,,,in their own flavor.some look right into the lens,,smiling and all..but still very burgeois !..as it all seems to be coming to an end ..all of the sudden the other set of barn doors fly open!!a huge gust of wind ,smoke and leaves hits everyone ..it all clears the way for a nine foot tall grimm reaper!!with bright rags of red..and a very sharp looking weapon (blade) .He dramatically enters the party..accompanied by some faceless future soldiers.
The reaper's metallic face can barelly be seen under his cloak..when ..with a gruesome digital crackle(4:47)
he holds out his arm pointing forward..condemming this event..the crowd is too beautiful to show it but they are also afraid ..Rab is not having it ..he jumps down with sword in hand..ready to battle this demon..at that moment the crowd parts in half and a young boy steps forward..he's completely engulfed in flames like the torch..He's taking it from here on..Rab gives him the ole wink!.. and the: "go for it kid" !!face..
The young one has some power,he stops his flaring and instead lights up a staff,,he fiercely begins spinning ..faster and faster..till he creeates an atom like shaped energy field of fire..It starts to glow..the crowd goes wild !!(they scream)..The reaper has bent down to get a closer look when WHAMMM! he gets zapped in the face by young elijah's fire!!the reaper screams in pain!!
ext barn.high angle..
The grimm reaper comes out running with his face on fire screatching in pain..followed by his soldiers..the crowd finds this amusing ,they don't know how close they came to...
They continue to celebrate until .it all fades to white (with their laughter) AND the eclipse its also over...light engulfs the frame..
by MARIANO A. DIAZ
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