The importance of daydreaming. You can only fixate on an idea for so long before putting it into place. Although I think this is possibly a statement that I heard in relation to a serial killer, it seems appropriate here.
To start in the middle for no particular reason - we put the soundtrack on the film the same day David Bowie passed away. I was loitering in a basement studio in Limerick city as Paddy Mulcahy ran his hands between the footage and his keys. We were watching the fifth cut of the film, which I ended up cutting together over the Christmas holidays.
Six weeks' worth of footage of roaming about the monsoon soaked colours of India and smiling landscapes of Indonesia was now sitting inside a seven minute window on-top of a piano, the rain dripping from the screen and oozing between the heavy keys.
It all started with a Facebook message from Conor Maguire simply saying “let's go to India”. We had discussed trying to make a film like this for years - an honest, or somewhat, portrait of what we were feeling as we roamed from place to place. We wanted the music to do the same.
I showed a friend of mine an early cut of the film and told him the title. I was greeted with a frown along with the notion that it was the worst title he had ever heard. Nonetheless, Beauty & Chaos, had its first screening at Shore Shots Surf Film Festival in April 16.
It was the first time meeting both Conor and Tom Gillespie since the trip so it was quite an interesting moment to watch the film together on a big screen. The film spent the following year screening in film festivals around the world, with its last set of screenings throughout May this year.
I was even more pleasantly surprised after a festival in New Jersey, where a filmmaker whom I admire commented on how much she likes the title.
Like most films, I am always motivated by how much fun it will be to watch in about 40-years time - a remembrance of the random happenings that come about in the unknown and unsure. So whether you like the title or not - it was a damn interesting process to go through.