Washington Square Films roster director Mark Pellington captures the memory of waiting, and the meditation therein, in the ruminative hypnotic journey “Just Wait,” which he helmed and produced. The short film pairs hooded and masked travelers scattered across abandoned city streets and moonlit ocean surf–often weighed down and wound up by an unseen force–with spoken meditations by author Peter Caws.
Featuring Matthew Caws, the film is an intimate yet abstract allegory—a beautiful exploration of human immersion into landscapes both man-made and natural. Shot by night, the cinematic imagery twists and turns, playing with optical effects like mirroring to emphasize the warp of today’s present-day reality. The song “Just Wait” joins the abstract examination, calling for the travelers to ‘just wait’ and carry optimism through hardship and adversity, when the approach is all that’s left to do.
“I have been a huge fan and committed devotee of the band Nada Surf for many years. As a creator of videos and films, I love the marriage of imagery and music, and in recent years have really been pushing the narrative boundaries and form of pop/rock videos into music films..from artists like Imagine Dragons to Low, Chelsea Wolfe to Damien Marley.
“I love to merge my mind with the soul and music of brave artists like Nada Surf, open to new forms of visualizing their music, and collectively come up with work, which expands the limitation of both music video and pop song into something deeper— structurally, sonically and conceptually.
“Matthew Caws and I connected, and we decided to collaborate together on this music film, a labor of love inspired by his late father’s Peter Caws‘ profound meditations. The piece actually benefited from the coronavirus as we really took our time, let ideas percolate, and did not feel a need to rush and make a product. Matthew is a very generous artist and let me interpret pretty freely. We really connected to the themes of the piece, and I was magnifIcently inspired by his relationship to his late father, the words he created and they shared. This meditative philosophical fabric served as the character’s fuel in the film.
“We gathered imagery and filmed globally in 3 cities—Cambridge (UK), Los Angeles, and Sydney. The construction and gathering of images were very free-form, unscripted, and completely motivated by the music. The loose idea of a silver-clad faceless ‘traveler’ moving through these lights and image landscapes was conceived as a narrative through-line, and this constant imagistic metaphor was captured in all 3 countries.”
Spoken Meditations: Peter Caws
Voices: Peter Caws, from The Book of Hylas (Barsuk) by Peter Caws and Parkington Sisters; Matthew Caws, from Meditations 1973-77 (Unpublished) by Peter Caws
Producer: Mark Pellington
Editing/VFX: Sergio Pinheiro
DOP (LA): Austin Ahlborg
DOP (Cambridge): Anne Evelin Lawford
DOP (Sydney): Jimmy Daniel
The Travelers (Cast): Courtney Scarr, Matthew Caws
UK Production: Peter Fraser
US Crew: George Ellett (AC), Virginia Pellington, Case Avron, Ben Pellington
Collage Image FX: Sweeten
Digital Colorist: Jill Bogdanowicz
Sound Design: Louie Lino, Sergio Pinheiro
Nada Surf: Matthew Caws, Daniel Lorca, Ira Elliot, Louie Lino
Strings: Phillip Peterson
Produced By: Ian Laughton (Nada Surf)
Recording and Additional Production: Nick Brine (Rockfield Studios)
Additional Recording: Tom Beaujor (Kaleidoscope Sound)
Peter Caws Recorded By: William Flynn (One Thousand Birds)
Mix: John Goodmason (Bog Roll)
Master: Geoff Pesche (Abbey Road)
“Just Wait” Written By: Matthew Caws, Gavin Slate, Daniel Lorca, Ira Elliot, Louie Lino (Tunes of Jupiter, BMI/Ole Green Vinyl Music, Socan Karmacode, ASCAP/Signal Corps, BMI)
From the Album: Never Not Together (Barsuk/City Slang)
About Washington Square Films
Over its 15-year tenure, Washington Square Films has grown to be considered one of the most respected production companies in the industry. Boasting a sharp eye for talent, a high level of integrity, and a discriminating downtown New York sensibility, the company has produced award-winning independent films and commercials, as well as forged a thriving entertainment management division. On any given day, the seasoned producers and managers at Washington Square Films are likely to be working with some of the most revered actors and promising directors in the business.
From its headquarters on New York City’s Bowery, and a satellite office in Los Angeles, the company manages and collaborates with an internationally recognized roster of writers, directors, and A-list talent in entertainment and advertising. Washington Square Films receives regular accolades at The Academy Awards, Peabody Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, Golden Globes, and Cannes Lions, along with selection for top International festivals such as Sundance, TIFF, New York Film Festival, Tribeca, Berlin and Locarno, and continues to break new ground in creative production.