St. Luther & His Prophets is the product of my final year in high school studying Art and particularly in this example, video art.
The work is highly influenced by other photographic artists of both schools, still and motion. Definitively, Christoph Draeger, Chris Burden, Michal Rovner, Matthew Barney and Bill Henson.
This art-film entails, in as un-apologetically artistically over-the-top as I can be, the birth, life and death of St. Luther, a being born of cubes.
Born into the gray, each scene follows St. Luther as he sees light and colour for the first time, identifying with each element from the light spectrum by constructing a visual monolith to solidify his new-found knowledge.
As each part of the spectrum is realised, his and thus the viewers sight is reflected by the use and thus clarity of that spectrum in the overall picture, with the last scene culminating in his full visual index, reality. However, he is lost among these ever increasingly complex thoughts and realisations about this new world and unintentionally splits his mind in two before finally three, battling chaotically with himself, his reason, and his comprehension. These beings, mirror images of himself, portray his sense of confusion, uncertainty and his conscious - continually fighting for supremacy over his thoughts and how he sees this world.
As with the coming of his age however, his sight, much like the essence of his life, begins to diminish and he finds from within himself that he must return to the origin of his birth for the coming of his death and so he is reunited with the place from whence he came, disintegrating into cubes and like the phoenix rising from the ashes he is lain to rest awaiting his rebirth into whatever his next life might bring.
* The texture, grain and overall quality of the footage I must apologise for. This is one of those unfortunate "novice" productions whereby you forget to backup your master tapes :S
* There's an easter-egg of sorts within the final scene, if you can spot it, you are deemed, officially, awesome.
*The Soundtrack, obviously, I take no credit for and apologise forth-with for not giving proper credit within the film itself, at the time I didn't envision I would ever upload it anywhere. It is ofcourse Don Davis' work from The Matrix Trilogy (specifically "Reloaded").
* The final cut of this film actually ran for around 15 minutes, it was however, somewhat convoluted and too-lengthy in many ways (very indie though I'm sure), so I decided to cut this one down to fit in the key points and perhaps tidy it up a bit :)
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