Behind the Video: Cosmo Jarvis' Gay Pirates
Well the video initially began with a concept of mine that revolved around being on a boat. A big ass square rigger. Now I had written a treatment for an extremely serious, very raw and literal visual presentation of events and characters in my song. The video was to be brutal in educating the audience of what really went down on that pirate ship. Not a single gimmick or anything ever able to be classified by anybody with an opinion on gimmicks to be a gimmick, was to be allowed anywhere near this piece of drama telling the story of two gay pirates bound together by fear of the homophobic captain. I wanted all the events I described in the song to be there: the pirates sticking glass in the soles of the persecuted pirates' sandals and forcing him to wear them by threatening violence against his true love, the fact that they are only truly at peace with each other as they are forced off the plank one after another by the entire crew of the pirate ship. These events, in my mind, had no other way of being shown unless it was with the profound seriousness I imagined when walking though the story for the first time. But can you imagine the insurance and extra crew needed to shoot an insignificant music video on a fully sized square rigger ship that required twelve crew.? I firstly felt like if all the "MTV-wont-play-it-if-its-got-blood-and-gang-rape-in-it" advice really ended up being true ( despite my answering "it'll be honest, they'll understand, i cant compromise because it'll be so easy to notice and then I'll look like prick who makes sh*t videos with no substance or meaning,) that I'd look like an even bigger prick.
I shot it in a village hall in Holbeton, Devon. I used crew I had worked with before for the most part. Not many crew, just Dan Broadley as Camera Operator but also D.O.P, Rosie Hiller painted the set, Chris Roberts controlled the lights, Robyn Egan did make-up and my brother, Fletcher, was production assistant. Everyone helped out on some level with a drill or by making food. The cast were guys I knew, Sebastian, the pirate I kiss is my actor friend Dave Egan. We rehearsed for two days and shot the final take on the second. I insisted that it be one take, firstly because I wanted it to be like watching the show the characters playing the characters are performing. They wanted close ups and sh*t but It would have been worse video for it, what's the point? The Rig was a little thing I call the cross dolly. Its home made dolly resting on two tables pointing at the stage with another ladder dolly positioned on top at a ninety degree angle pointing either side of the stage. This meant that the camera could travel anywhere within an square area of space, almost the width of the hall and able to track forward into more concentrated action onstage or back to show a full view of everyone on stage. This meant the one take thing could be a little more interesting.
Now that you know the story behind this video, you can watch it for yourself right here!