| My first encounter with Felicity Rogers was a memorable one.
We were both working at a theme park. She was performing her Magic
Butterfly Act, myself a 'mime and dance' show. I discovered
her interest in surreal photography, and found her themes of time
and enchantment something I could relate to.
A couple of years later a very talented
performer by the name of Paul Romhany, who was performing
his amazing 'Charlie Chaplin' show on the same circuit,
suggested that I might be the person Felicity was looking
for to create the music soundtrack to her animated show-reel.
After a quick phone call, a time was arranged
to meet. I lugged my 'Peavey Scorpion' amplifier, four
track recorder and keyboard to her studio. I already had
a lot of respect for Felicity's photography she had shown
me, and after watching her animated show-reel I knew straight
away this was something special.
Richard playing the role of the
in Dream Within a Dream
We proceeded to dissect each aspect of sound
and visual, that first session lasted twelve hours, and
was only one of many that drifted into the late hours
of the night. I believe in that first session we found
a strong balance in which we could collaborate together,
while having a few good laughs along the way.
More time passed and the idea that I would
create the soundtrack and play the part of the 'Magician'
in Felicity's short film "Dream Within a Dream"
became a reality. Truth is, I very much wanted to do it!
A big thank you and debt of gratitude to John Flower who
was cameraman and provided much technical help with various
aspects of the film, and to Wayne Rogers whose invaluable
help and assistance aided to make many areas of the film
shoot more manageable.
Tammy Peters who played the character of 'Odette' in the
film, was so much fun to work with, a very naturally gifted
and talented individual. Our scenes together were great
fun, particularly during the film's 'struggle' sequence
around 5am in the morning, where we all had a good laugh.
Actually, as I recall during the 21-hour film shoot, Tammy
did get to sneak in a couple of hours of sleep. I think
we were all feeling pretty envious watching her sleeping
peacefully right next to the film set!
Felicity, Richard, Tammy &
at the end of the final film shoot
The guitar, much to my approval, provided a vital role, becoming
the voice and cries of the 'Swans'/ 'Handbirds', the sound of
the 'Moonstone', the 'roar' of 'Odette's' dramatic emergence from
the water, as well as being the main leading and backing instrument
throughout the film. I have always felt drawn to the 'ethereal'
sound, in composing my own music, I use a wide range of instrumentation,
and utilize my voice as an instrument unto itself, singing, breathing,
Playing the character of the Magician was a natural extension
to the music for me, which was breathing life into the film on
a literal level. I still remember the gleam of delight in Felicity's
eyes when she saw the 'mouth of the cave' open up with the sound
of an 'exhaling breath'. Another moment was the 'Handbirds', as
they flew together to the sound of resonating bending guitar notes.
There were many moments, when something just clicked beautifully
first time, and of course there were many that took a good deal
Looking at the film today, I feel it was a very special collaboration
between myself and Felicity. I appreciate that Felicity must have
put a lot of faith and trust in me, as we were both treading new
and exciting territory.
Thank you 'Tchaikovsky', for the privilege of recreating some
of the most beautiful music ever written. In years to come, I
know I will look back on this experience with a smile and great