Jim Demuth

Music videos can be a great place to discover emerging film talent. My attention was recently grabbed by British band Django Django’s new music video for their latest single ‘WOR’.

The video is directed by Jim Demuth and takes the form of a mini documentary. The subject of the film are an extraordinary group of Indian men, who make a living driving motorbikes and cars around a vertical, cylindrical wall – the ‘Well of Death’. This makes for inspiring footage, but it is not just the interesting subject matter that causes the video to stand out. The visuals are entrancing. Demuth combines extreme close-ups and handheld camera shots, some taken from inside the sideways vehicles, to the effect that the viewer is subsumed in the action. The daredevil men, and the fairground patrons, stare straight down the camera lens in a confrontational and contemplative engagement with the viewer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojVsXB12zC8

Jim Demuth’s other work includes short film ‘Aokigahara Suicide Forest’, a morbid yet fascinating look at Japan’s most popular suicide spot at the foot of Mount Fuji. Geologist Azusa Hayano, who walks through the forest regularly, describes the cultural relevance of the forest and, chillingly, looks for signs of recent deaths. The film shares the harsh white lighting of the ‘WOR’ music video, and the same handheld camera-work.

Short video ‘Pricasso’ makes for more light hearted viewing, if an Australian man using his penis to paint sounds like your kind of thing. Both videos can be found at the link below. Demuth’s films have so far proven themselves to be constantly concerned with intriguing subject matter and are filmed in a thoughtful yet refreshingly liberated style.

http://vimeo.com/jimdemuth

Konx-om-Pax

Konx-om-Pax aka Tom Scholefield is an animator, director and audio/visual artist based in Glasgow. The name “Konx-om-Pax” is taken from the title of a series of essays published in 1907 by famed occultist Aleister Crowley, it translates as “Light In Extension.”

Tom Scholefield connects esoteric and pop-culture, blurs the boundaries between different mediums, and experiments combining sound and 3 dimensional animations into interactive art pieces. He makes music and animations, creates short films, videos and sleeve designs. He has made music videos for Mogwai, Jamie Lidell and Hudson Mohawke. His works are best described as a merge between music production and installation art.

This year he released his debut album on Planet Mu “Regional Surrealism”. His created animation for the album trailer effectively accompanies electronic music and shows off his skills as an animator and visual artist. This animation is a detailed and complex fantasy world of futuristic structures and mechanisms inhabiting a monochromatic environment. Mechanical mountainous terrain is a successful interpretation of the cold, ambient and atmospheric instrumental music sounds.

Tom Scholefield is interested in alternate realities and different states of being. His works celebrate cultural variety, intertwining esoteric and futuristic ideas into fantastic worlds and surreal artworks. To see more of his works visit this website www.displaycopy.net