Bloodbridge is an experimental short film inspired by, and featuring, the song Bloodbridge, by Graveyard Tapes. The film focuses on a hermit, a social recluse, and we join him on his journey through the darkest depths of his mind.
Shot entirely on 8 and 16mm film, it is an experimental project inspired by an interest in mythology, psychoanalysis, lucid dream research, and dream interpretation.
The film was shot on location in and around London. A lot of time was spent in pre-production finding atmospheric locations that would reinforce the dreamlike and surreal nature of the project. Our masked man ventures forth from his dwellings in a derelict building onwards on a voyage of discovery. To what these places mean or represent is open to ones interpretation. The film features bagua-inspired martial artists and a fire-performer whom our masked man meets upon his adventure. The significance of these confrontations could well be determined by an analysis of not just what they mean to our main character, but also what they represent in each particular location.
In an attempt to create this world, I wanted to use super8 and 16mm to create a dreamlike environment – one which is at times, dark, cold and foreboding. I spent a long time researching appropriate settings and used a colour scheme which would emphasise both the frightening and fantastical nature of this person and his surroundings. It hopefully creates a rather strange and unsettling atmosphere, where one may start to question the way in which they themselves confront their own demons. A mysterious burlesque dancer introduces us to his world, and once the door is open it’s up to you what you bring back. – Matty Ross