Anthony Furlong’s Director Treatments
New York director and style frame master Anthony Furlong admits: “Out of what is probably a bit of insanity, I decided to make six of my director treatments public. Three commercial treatments and three music video treatments. Really, sharing your treatment has always been VERY taboo, as if there is some sort of secret sauce that only you understand.”
Here’s a taste of our fave of the bunch, a treatment for French guitarist/composer phenom Stephane Wrembel’s track “Tsunami.”
It is still said that geisha inhabit a separate reality which they call the karyukai or “the flower and willow world.” Before they disappeared the courtesans were the colorful “flowers” and the geisha the “willows” because of their subtlety, strength, and grace.
In this story, we follow a young Japanese woman in NYC, a victim of her own nature. She has a deep hole in her soul, brought on by childhood abuses, that she fills with her own abuse of alcohol, pills and sex. In order to escape this hard reality, she submerges herself into a fantasy world where she is a beautiful geisha. The tsunami is a representation of the assault of the world in her heart – an unbearable force that she can not escape. She is a flower dreaming of being a willow.
When Stephane composes, he sees his music as a film soundtrack. His music is very visual and compliments visuals perfectly. In effect, this music video can be treated like a short film. It should be emotional and engaging, full of both subtle and straightforward visual metaphors. We want the audience to feel like someone is ripping open their chest and tearing their heart out.
Tonight is the last night of her life.