I started this ridiculously huge project with one ambition - to make something big, colourful and stupidly fun.
Inspired by some of my favourite short films, I set out to make a short, funny and modern homage to a genre. As someone who loves the classic Hollywood musicals of Astaire and Rogers and Gene Kelly, the idea of capturing some of that energy in a short film was immediately intoxicating.
Dance and musical sequences have a built-in potential to be full of action. They’re bursting with energy, expression, and possibilities for an interplay between dance-movement, camera movement and editing, all of which is incredibly cinematic. Of course, one musical sequence just so happens to also be the perfect length for a short film!
Musicals are also fantasies, they never feel like real-life. Technical limitations prior to the mid-50s dictated that any exteriors in musicals needed to be shot in studios, resulting in fantastic painted backdrops and expansive street scenes recreated in studios, all with a heightened sense of realism. I set out to create a modern homage to this by creating a exterior in a studio, and that quickly morphed into using visual effects.
I also hoped that if we could come up with a good song, we’d naturally have a brief, economical structure to build our film around. I wanted to keep any narrative very simple and to allow the music - and the audience's experience of going along for the ride - to be at the forefront. Therefore Pleased to Eat You! features a simple situation, leaving room for the music, song, dance and movement to escalate and develop towards - I hope - a satisfying finale.
The result is big, colourful and stupidly fun and I hope it brings joy to those who watch it!