If I were to mention a genre of cinema called the Music Film you may think of a Musical, something along the lines of The Sound of Music or Chitty Chitty bloody Bang Bang. Well those are not Music Films, in fact a Music Film is a completely new genre of cinema, one which few people would ever think about exploring.
A Music Film is a film set entirely to a collection of songs, dialogue is virtually stripped away to be replaced by lyrics. The genre is ‘an extrapolation of a music video and a silent film.’
It’s certainly an interesting concept and one that to the extent of my knowledge at least is rarely explored by filmmakers. Rolling With Virgil though is the first film in the Music Film genre and is quite literally exploring a vast array of potential all on its lonesome.
This independent film has been written by Conrad Shaw. The majority of the story will be told through the music of an Underground band from New York – The Dirty Urchins.
Check out this video from Conrad Shaw which should answer some of those questions running through your head at this moment in time.
Again we think this is a really interesting concept but we do of course have our trepidations about just how well a feature length live action film will work with a collection of songs, it has potential, of that there is no doubt, but it will also be a great task for the filmmakers.
The film is currently in the process of a Kickstarter campaigning which aims to raise $70,000 to get the project rolling. You can find the page here and also a more in depth video from the guys behind the film, a video that is definitely worth checking out.
Lastly though I would like to leave you with the films concept trailer which gives us a good look at what the makers are going for, combining their storyboard sketches with a Dirty Urchin song, and I have to say it makes me pretty excited to see the finished product.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Rolling with Virgil is pushing the boundaries of modern cinema, it is taking a bold new step in a direction no-one has tried before. And while it is a long way from being finished and on our screens I am excited to follow the project along and I wish the filmmakers the best of luck.