Here’s the last few minutes of a short film called “Pendarvia” that I made last year for The Decemberists. The full 30 minute film documents the recording process of the album “The King Is Dead” (Capitol, 2011). The album was recorded last fall in a barn in rural Oregon. Pendarvia is heavily driven by the natural surroundings of the area, inter-cutting music with beautiful shots of the surrounding scenery. The film follows the somewhat linear narrative of the recording process, incorporating found moments of dialogue from members of the band, producer Tucker Martine, collaborators and friends. We had a great time shooting this in such a magical place. The film is a wonderful audio/visual collage that explores not only the making of a great album, but the trials and tribulations of the creative process. Right now the full film is only available if you buy the awesome boxed set of the record (worth checking out!), but rumor has it that it’ll be on i-tunes soon enough. The film was produced by Jon Barlow, with cinematography by Jason Roarke and was edited by Otto Arsenault. The beautiful polaroids were taken by Autumn De Wilde.
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths. Of night and light and the half light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. -W.B. Yeats