Mark (as he's known to his friends) only learned to drive a few years ago, and with the memories still fresh in his mind he decided to explore what it would be like if Satan himself was a driving instructor.
During the discussions on how we might approach filming it, we decided sitting in the car, as though the poor learner had just pulled over, would be the best approach.
My car isn't that big, so it required my wide-angle lens on the camera and squeezing myself as far back against the window as I could possibly get.
We also decided to film it in two slightly different ways - one where he's leaning back against the door, and the other where he's leaning forward to the point where you really feel your personal space is being invaded.
At this point I wasn't sure which we would use.
However when it came to editing it occured to me we could use both, with almost random perspective changes adding to a sense of disconcerting unease.
Hope you enjoy the video. Below you'll find Mark's comments about his experience.
Shooting The Devil’s School of Motoring
This is where we upped our game by leaving the studio and going on location. It required all of a one minute car journey to the busier end of King Street, Castle Douglas. Completely at random we ended up parked opposite a betting office, within earshot of the clock tower, the chimes of which worked fortuitously for parts of the poem.
For this one, I had to stay in character for the first time. It also required me to dress up. Solace of Cupboards had been only head and shoulders. I wore a grey suit, figuring that Lucifer would dress smartly. The dark glasses were essential as they were referenced in the poem. Kim fortunately noticed that my shades were dusty. Horror! A quick call to makeup and the problem was sorted.
Performing the poem required me to act a lot more and give it large, as they say, but I managed that fine. What was difficult for me was memorising the poem because it doesn’t have an obvious "narrative" but is a more a collection of off the cuff remarks by the driving instructor to his benighted pupil. I spent a lot more time learning the poem beforehand. However, when we came to do the shoot I didn’t forget my lines as much as I thought I would. I remember coming away from the shoot feeling exhilarated and thinking: this is fun.
David Mark Williams
On Saturday 21st November Mark is having a book launch at the Gordon Memorial Hall in Castle Douglas. Do come along if you can.
Meanwhile, tune in on Tuesday when The Paranoia of Flowers has Mark looking a little yellow...