Music video director Chris Milk is working on his first feature film, as reported by Variety (via Pitchfork), which was inspired by Dangermouse/Daniele Luppi’s 2011 collaboration album Rome (Parlophone/EMI. The film will also be an adaptation of author Alden Bell’s post-apocalyptic novel The Reapers Are the Angels. Rome was inspired by the soundtrack’s featured on Italian Spaghetti Western flicks, and as such features composers featured in classic films like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West. It was recorded in Rome at Forum Studios- a cathedral-turned-studio was recorded using vintage instruments and features contributions from Jack White, vocalist Norah Jones and Ennio Morricone’s 40-piece orchestra among many other unique guests.
“I’ve always watched a lot of spaghetti westerns, and I got a bit obsessed with tracking down the soundtracks. Everyone knows about Morricone, but Piero Umiliani, Bruno Nicolai, Piero Piccioni – some of these other guys had amazing stuff going on as well,” Dangermouse told the Guardian. “Back in the early 60s, more experimental composition was looked down on, so the movies were a great vehicle to get away with doing all that.”
Milk is known for his innovative combinations of technology, art and media. He recently released “3 Dreams in Black” as visual director for Rome, which uses WebGL 3D technology to create a navigable virtual environment in your Google Chrome browser and features music from Rome.
He also worked with Arcade Fire, whose song “We Used to Wait” was used in Milk’s film “The Wilderness Downtown”, which allowed users to add their childhood address to the video to customize the experience using Google Earth. Milk also worked with the band for their dazzling LED beach-ball finale at 2010 Coachella.