Thursday, October 15, 2009

Dream vs Reality TV

A first look at the Serg Riva Reality TV show...

You may remember that a few weeks ago I agreed to doing a Reality TV show. Well, we are finally starting to see some of the footage.

(please be patient while the video loads below, and if you're at work, wear your headphones, there's both creepy music and a deadpan voiceover...)

Serg Riva: Dream vs Reality from Serg Riva on Vimeo.

Ever feel like you are caught between a dream and daily life? Serg Riva knows the feeling. Why does he keep dreaming of his own murder? Is it his life or his high fashion atelier that is at risk? Who is the masked woman? Who is the dancer? What is the meaning of the man in the chauffeured car? Judge for yourself.


About the Video...
Even though Tako is my most trusted companion, I still never know what will make it into an episode and what will get cut. She tells both my true story and a fictional version of it at the same time.

For instance, I told her about a dream I had where I was murdered. We had been watching night after night of Film Noir classics, like Double Indemnity and Criss-Cross and so I told her my own dark, noir dream. The cameras were rolling and so she got the whole story on tape, right down to the flat-fake-film-noir voice I used to tell the story.

But then when I saw the episode, instead of showing me sitting there telling everyone about it, she attempted to re-create the dream. She cut together pieces of my life that she'd already filmed and lined them up to match my story. Next, whenever I mentioned something that was in the dream, but didn't happen in real life, she sent her crew out and filmed it as a "re-creation" using the members of her crew and sometimes complete strangers as actors to fill in the gaps.

The result is something like a reconstructed dream. As the person who had the dream, the experience is unsettling. But I'm proud of Tako, I think she did a great job.

Posted here is the first peak at the Serg Riva Reality TV show. It is the Dream Sequence I just described. Tako and I still haven't decided what to call the show. I want to name it "Interstitial Orrery" whereas she is voting for "The Urge to Serg."

Serg Riva: The Urge to Serg

Too much? Not enough? If you can think of a better name for the show, please let me know.

20 comments:

Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous dream sequence, Serg! Congrats on the video ~ very well done!

xoxox,
CC

begonyc said...

Hey! You were right, I do like your blog very much; and you've got great writing skills which I envy ;)

haikalcium lowfat said...

thanks for the comment! really enjoy reading your blog!

love,
HL

designerman said...

that's awesome,serge! encore!!

Leila & Sole honeynettles.blogspot.com said...

BEAUTIFUL Serg! I like the noir feel, especially the unexplained horse, the feel reminds me of the scene in Interview With the Vampire when Louie becomes a vampire and the statue closes its eyes for no reason at all.
Lovely blog!

Keith said...

That is amazing. Very well done. I loved it. Congrats on it. I hope you have a great Friday and weekend. Cheers!

Red Boots said...

You know what? I think Sufjan did turn up at my door today. Only it didn't look like him. He was dressed as a postman, and had an old man's face. But clearly it was the disguise that you cleverly predicted. He told me he had a parcel for me, which I think was a code. A code I am still in the process of cracking.

Susan said...

Wow, I really enjoyed your video! Keep up the awesome work! I'll be looking forward to more videos!

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FabBlab said...

Wow! This is really awesome!

Jess said...

good job with the video. thanks for visiting my blog.

Yofany said...

congrats!

MAISON CHAPLIN said...

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michelle_ said...

thanks for dropping by my blog :)
you have such poise in writing that im jealous of..
really enjoyed the video despite the many pauses due to my slow internet connectiion :)

keep posting!
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Maria Confer said...

Wow Tako, did an amazing job. What an awesome video. So dark and intriguing.

Ha, I like Serg Riva: The Urge to Serg!

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lisa said...

Intriguing video, Serg. I love how the convergence of fact and fiction reflects your credo ("All Fashion is Fiction; some people just tell more interesting stories") perfectly.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Awesome video! You are SO talented!

just4fun said...

Great drawings and sexy voice ...

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Nelly said...

thanks for your comment!
good video and amazing pictures in your blog!!

kiss!

Grace said...

Yay progress!

Love Grace.

Sophie said...

This is really cool, brilliant video! Really liked the voiceover.xo
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