The images above show progress on the latest chapter of Suburban RED. This chapter is what I refer to as Suburban GREEN. In the photos you can easily see the green motif. The miniature room is somewhat complete as is the wolf head mask. The room decor is also complete with all the fixings in green.
Shooting in the Dark
I had decided, some time back, to approach this video as I have with several films and videos in the past - allowing myself to not know where the story will take me.
Why is there a dragon? Why is it in the form of a giant snake? Why is the room and the house such a reccuring motif? Why is the character in the video now constructing his room and house on a miniature scale? Why does the character have a recurring dream where the dragon attracts him and he is suddenly frightened when facing it? Why does the character wake up as a new person in each chapter with a new personality and even a new room?
I don't need to know. It just seems to have a sense of its own and I can just follow it all.
Snakes and Rebirth
I realised that this metaphor of the snake shedding its skin and becoming anew fit the story in Suburban RED perfectly. The video is about the self becoming anew. As the character dreams and confronts the dragon, which is in the form of a giant snake, he wakes up a new person. His change of clothes and room decor reflects the skins of the snake left behind while it lives in its new skin. This idea prompted me to keep the snake as a dream symbol of rebirth and each time the character is renewed, he has a change of personality and wardrobe from blue, to red to green, his room also changes to reflect each new color.
Recently, upon watching episodes of the Power of Myth, I found some great insights on the meaning of the dragon in different cultures. In the East, there are many types of dragons, each representing different aspects of life while in the West the dragon is something to be faced and killed. This facing and killing the dragon has to do with the child becoming the man. RED is a coming of age story of sorts. Not the plot so much, but the creative impulse I use for the scenes are born out of my own life from the ages of 13 to 23. The dragon is something fearful but each time it is faced the character becomes renewed and, as with the snake, he sheds parts of himself and leaves them behind. As we grow, part of us is renewed, another part of us dies.