Pah and the Singing Trees (Behind-the-scene Story)

I started writing Pah et les Arbres qui Chantent (Pay and the Singing Trees)¬†at the turn of the century, around the year 2000. My three kids weren’t even born.

It was my first approach to the writing of a feature film. While writing, I kept a clear pictures in my mind of spacecrafts models which I had already built when I was barely 25 years old, and even less. I started drawing it and I asked my friend Bruno to sculpt it, which he did marvelously, and then I started to look for ways to create it in the digital realm. I wanted Pah to become my first feature and a big hit, but eventually it ended up being far too complicated for a first movie.

Pah and the Singing Trees is the story of this little alien creature who discovers he’s not who he thinks he is and hence takes the path to a long journey that would eventually make him change beyond all his expectations.

When I realized it’d be better to choose another story, it took me a couple of years to come up wit something really new and appealing to me. In those times, indeed, not only was I a slow creator, but it was so painful for me to love my own creations.

Having said that, I remember it as if it were yesterday. I was walking on a beach along the Greek island of Crete, bare feet on the sand, with waves coming to tickle my toes, when it just loomed up. I had long been thinking of how brilliant the movie Duel from Steven Spielberg was, and I was looking for something just as simple and as effective. Eventually, I got it: this time it wouldn’t be a men against a machine truck, but a man against a robot during a piano contest.

I certainly never imagined that it’d take so long to make it happen.

Eventually, I didn’t go further with the story of Pah, because Pah would transform. He’d become Art, and Pah and the Singing Trees would become The Quest of the Mecca-Soul, the trilogy novel I’ve been working on for over a decade now.

Hereunder, you’ll find the test made by Farmland Pictures for Pah. Copyright Marc Goldstein 2004.




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