Like most right thinking people, David Lynch is one of my heroes. Twin Peaks is one of my favourite TV experiences, an immersive world with its own codes. In it there is a mad killer called Bob, who drives a much of the narrative, and he came about by sheer accident. The actor Eric Silva was working as a set dresser, here’s what Lynch says about it in ‘Catching the big fish’, an excellent book by the way.
“Frank was never destined to be in Twin Peaks, never in a million years. But we were shooting in Laura Palmer’s home and Frank was moving some furniture around in her room. I was in the hall, underneath a fan. And a woman said, “Frank, don’t move that dresser in front of the door like that. Don’t lock yourself in the room.
And this picture came to me of Frank in the room….So I said, “Frank, you’re going to be in this scene.”
We did a pan shot of the room, twice without Frank and then one time with Frank frozen at the base of the bed. But I didn’t know what it was for or what it meant.
That evening, we went downstairs and we were shooting Laura Palmer’s mother on the couch….. So I said “Cut-perfect-beautiful!” And Sean said, “No, no, no. It’s not.”
“What is it?”
“There was someone reflected in the mirror?”
“Who was reflected in the mirror?”
“Frank was reflected in the mirror.”
So things like this make you start dreaming. And one thing leads to another, and if you let it, a whole other thing opens up.
Anyway it came to me in a flash that my recent ‘howler’ could be a blessing in disguise. There is some talk about refraction and things not seeming to be where they should be in Defenders of Guernsey. And my ‘mistake’ described a mirror image channel islands, where things that should have been east were actually west and so on. A perfect explanation for this has opened up in my mind for the second story. Suddenly that howler looks more like a stroke of luck.