Twin Peaks: The Owls Are Not What They Seem, A Short Film And Birthday Present For David Lynch, Needs Funding

Cameron Cloutier, a filmmaker from the Monterey Peninsula in California, is preparing a present for David Lynch‘s 68th birthday in January 2014. In fact, it’s also a little present for all of us Twin Peaks fans. See, Cameron wants to make a Twin Peaks short movie. Will you help him fund it?

The next film I want to make is based in the world of Twin Peaks, and it’s one that I want to give to David Lynch for his 68th birthday in January. He has given us all so much, over the last forty years, that I think it’s time that we gave something back.

The film project was inspired by the research Cameron did for his video interview with Jennifer Lynch as well as a recent visit to the Twin Peaks filming locations. I can hear you thinking: “Nobody but Mark Frost and David Lynch should venture into the world of Twin Peaks,” but please understand that this is only a fan tribute. “I will be tying in some of the themes and moods from the show, but I am not in a position to say this is what officially happened next, ” Cameron explains. But for it to actually happen, the writer/director is hoping to raise $15,000 via crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

If the funding goal is met by October 3rd 2013 and everything goes according to plan, the short movie will première online and totally free on January 27th, 2014.

To give you an idea, here are the outlines of the film’s dramatic structure:

  1. In the first, it’s been years since the traumatic incidents of the Black Lodge nearly killed Annie and Cooper. However, with the “bad” Cooper now out in the world, how does Annie Blackburn reconcile that the man who once loved her so openly and sweetly is still so closed off from her emotionally? She wonders if their lives wouldn’t have been better off if he hadn’t come in to rescue her at all.
  2. Contrasting that, the second part will show flashbacks to when Cooper was with Caroline. Obviously this is a vastly different man… romantic, passionate, yet knowing he’s stabbing his partner in the back. With the adoration of Caroline, Cooper chooses to ignore his gut instinct and follow his heart, leading to tragic results.
  3. With these two plot threads going back and forth, the story will keep coming back to the central image of Cooper and Windom Earle playing chess one afternoon. It takes Cooper literally hours to make a move, yet Earle only seconds. As these two men competitively move the pieces around the board, Cooper’s fate as a man continues to be in question.

Sounds like something you want to watch?

Then chip in and support the campaign for Cameron Clouter’s Twin Peaks: The Owls Are Not What They Seem. For a mere dollar your name will already be added to the ending credits of this birthday present for David Lynch. No-brainer!

Twin Peaks: The Owls Are Not What They Seem short film
Cameron Cloutier near Snoqualmie Falls, as made famous by the Twin Peaks opening credits.

Pieter Dom

Written by Pieter Dom

Founder and curator of Welcome to Twin Peaks since 2011. Bobsessed since March 1991.

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  1. i can donate a discounted sound mixer fee and rate for the shoot? i got plenty of experience and equipment, AND FANATICISM to ensure an amazing production (on my end at least hehe)

    and will you be explaining what happened from A) we last see cooper smash his face into the mirror, “where’s annie? WHERE’s Annie???” and B) annie and coopster in the future feeling out their current connection and reconciling?

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