EFC Classics – Lost in Translation

Feat. The Music of Pink Floyd (In a special EFC music video!)

Halloween is three weeks away. I should be writing about horror movies. However, tonight my heart is elsewhere, in the dramedy realm of Sofia Coppola’s, Lost in Translation.

I recently shared with you a video from a ’94 Pink Floyd concert, of David Gilmour, and his wailing guitar solos in “Coming Back to Life.” I had a spiritual experience listening to this performance the other night, and I have since been listening to the song non-stop, trying to relive that moment.


In the process, somehow or another I arrived at the conviction that it would be a good idea to pair the song with footage from Lost in Translation via a new EFC music video. The goal would be to use the music to accentuate Bob and Charlotte’s mutually dependent spiritual awaking, as travelers in Tokyo who become friends after a chance encounter. That, or I merely desired an excuse to stare at Scarlett Johansson all day in the editing room.


I’d be lying if I said my penchant for this film was not influenced, at least in part, by the physical attractiveness of its female co-star. However, the greater reasons why I love this film are its chilled-out, dreamy atmosphere, and slow tempo, reflected by the film’s mellow soundtrack, one of my very favorite movie soundtracks. Hint: if the plot of this movie puzzles you, listen to the lyrics of the soundtrack for clues to help you out πŸ˜‰

I implore fellow fans of the film, and its soundtrack to lambaste me for not choosing a song from the original soundtrack to use in my music video. The song I use in the music video, “Coming back to life” is not part of the film’s original soundtrack, but one that I thought would bring the movie to life in a slightly new way. I hope it succeeds, and I apologize if it doesn’t for you.

I was pleased with how easily the first half of the video came together. I barely edited the first two minutes! It was almost a natural sync, like how the album Dark Side of the Moon naturally syncs with The Wizard of Oz.Β In the opening shot, Charlotte moves her leg at a most sultry time in the music.

Also, when I realized Bob Harris sees himself in the billboard right as Gilmour sings, “Where were you? When I was burned and broken?” I geeked hard. That couldn’t have worked out any better.Bilboard1.jpg

You see, the billboard functions as a mirror for Bob unto himself. A mirror is exactly the symbol I wanted to use to represent what that lyric means to me. “You” is really “I,” as in another version of me. The singer, David Gilmour is asking himself, not somebody else, why he was not present for his own life. At least, that’s how I interpret it.

EFC Music Video: Feat. “Coming Back to Life” by Pink Floyd (performed live)

Lost in Translation

Release Date: October 3, 2003
Rated: R

Director: Sofia Coppola (The Beguiled, The Virgin Suicides)
Writer: (Sofia Coppola)
Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovani Ribisi, and Anna Farris

The Inside Out: Joy (30), Sadness (30), Disgust (21), Fear (7), Anger (5)

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21 thoughts on “EFC Classics – Lost in Translation

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    1. I figured you liked this movie, especially given your affinity for Japanese culture. I am happy you liked the video.

      I’ve fallen behind on my reading, but I can’t wait to read your latest posts, especially the latest editions to your horror series effort. First stop: A Nightmare on Elm Street!

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      1. Haha, no worries. I know what that feels like. I am pretty busy myself at times, so really take your time πŸ˜€
        But you are correct, that is one the reasons that I loved the film, the Japanese culture. It was really handled well in this movie. And yes the video was awesome. The music really was chosen perfectly πŸ˜€

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  1. This album, The Division Bell, was largely criticized by the critics when it was out (the sake happened to Depeche Mode with many of their post 94′ albums) and is often considered by many listeners to be their weakest effort; for me, it has always been my favourite work of this band.

    Wonderfully made video. How long did it take you? Everything is great here, and there are many moments when the music and the videonmatch each other so well.

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    1. The Division Bell is quite underrated, indeed. I believe Roger Waters had left the band, and was not part of the production, or song-writing. I imagine people assume this rock titan’s absence would lessen the quality of a Pink Floyd album. But David Gilmour shines in his absence.

      I am so happy you liked the video. Your compliment, and your approval means very much to me, as I know this if one of your favorite movies as well.

      I’m looking forward to reading your latest posts, and also watching your sci-fi-fi movie recommendations.

      To be honest, I’ve been dead to the world the last couple weeks. Haven’t had much of an appetite for reading or watching anything. But making this video, and receiving your compliments has given me some new life.

      Have a great day, my friend!

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      1. Yes, probably. Without going into a deeper analysis, my overall feeling was that that album was less groovy, in a good way.

        Yes, honestly I was a little sceptical before watching it because the movie is very subtle, but it definitely worked out very well, my friend! πŸ€—

        P. S. You didn’t answer my question though πŸ˜ƒ

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    2. Oh, and to make the video took me about 12 hours. The first half took maybe 1, and the second half 11 because I made so many more cuts. It would have taken longer, but I just got a brand new laptop that’s way faster than my old one. This is the first video I’ve made from it.

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      1. Yes I absolutely plan to do more videos. I find making them is challenging, but very rewarding when they work.

        I use iMovie on an Apple MacBook Air. What software of you use?

        It’s so neat that you make music videos too. Do you have any more upcoming?

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      2. No, not for now as I did a lot of them already. I also shared them with the bands just for the pure pleasure, but none of them even replied! That kinda dismotivates me. I am still doing a course about video editing though.
        I have windows, so my options are different. I use Sony Vegas. My PC is too okd for Adobe Premiere as it needs x64.

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      3. The thought has crossed my mind to share my videos with the band, but I am too scared they would hate it. I applaud your courage. Keep making more videos, and now I see you are doing originals now too. That’s next level!

        Where are you taking the video editing course? Through college? Online?

        I really want to take a video editing course too. I have no formal training.

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      4. Online, through lynda.com (that belongs to linkedin). It’s very cheap, they provide literally tons of materials (including videos with very thorough explanations too and many examples). There’s a free trial as well. Really good course. There’s lots of stuff on youtube too, but it’s not categorized/organized well, so it may be a good idea to watch them as standalone videos.

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  2. Hello again, I have to say I haven’t seen Lost In Translation (I don’t have much disposable income to go to the movies or purchase Downloadable content etc) but I may have to view this one at some point after watching your version. And yes I think I can see why you didn’t make many cuts in the first minute and a half!

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    1. If you decide to watch it, be prepared as it is very slow-paced. A lot of people I know find it boring. But I find this exercise in minimalism very relaxing and comforting. The cinematography is gorgeous btw.

      Looking back now and evaluating my editing of the video, I believe the first couple minutes are superior to the rest, precisely because I didn’t try to do too much with it. I didn’t try to fight against the natural current of the film.

      In the second half I got caught in no man’s land; I made more cuts to try and reveal more of the plot, but tried to stick to the original timeline of the film at the same time and I think the product feels forced. I must learn from this

      Thank you for watching! And commenting. Cheers πŸ™‚

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      1. Hello again, admit it you were admiring the “scenery” in the first 90 seconds. Joking aside I thought the whole edit worked, even though I haven’t seen the film I could sense what was happening from the cuts you made. Plus syncing these events to the soundtrack you chose was brilliantly carried out. (I studied basic Media Studies and Performing Arts at college)

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      2. Guilty as charged 😊 Haha. I have minimal formal media training or performing arts training so I will take your word that the video works to the extent that you describe. I am going to try and find an online video editing course to take to improve upon my skills.

        It is so nice to get some feedback. I never get feedback so it is difficult for me to assess, for instance, whether someone such as yourself, who hasn’t seen the movie will be able to follow the plot. I am so glad to hear you were able to sense what was happening πŸ˜ƒ

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  3. EF, this video is so enjoyable to watch. The music and story line match well – coming out of the dark, so to speak. I like when the characters capture the sunlight – especially Charlotte. The “reflected ” Bob moment is perfect. I never saw that before you pointed this out Will need to watch multiple times!!!

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    1. She sits by the window, capturing the sunlight, like a flower. I never saw the significance until now you just helped me with your comment! As many times as I’ve seen the movie, I only ever saw her daydreaming in these “window” scenes. “Lost in thought, lost in time,” if you will. But the scene is also symbolic; Charlotte is like a wilting flower, yearning for the light after the dark night. Like a houseplant she sits by the window and reaches toward the sunlight.

      Thank you for commenting!


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