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EGOIST「リローデッド」PV / EGOIST “Reloaded” music video
2016 5.5m 16:9
produced and directed by Michael Arias

EGOIST’s electronic music employs a palette of abstract, synthetic sounds, so it made sense to create a music video for the song “Reloaded” using abstract, synthetic visuals. I also wanted to create a music video that “evokes” GENOCIDAL ORGAN without actually showing excerpts from it, like so many film-soundtrack music videos. Another goal of mine was to link the world of GENOCIDAL ORGAN, and that of HARMONY (which I directed with Takashi Nakamura), and suggest some of the backstory that the two stories share. I want the stock footage, analog style video distortion, and military-style imagery to hint at themes from GENOCIDAL ORGAN. On the other hand, the information graphic, motion graphic, and procedurally-generated sequences, should feel like they belong to HARMONY (and in fact, I used variations of techniques I developed for HARMONY).

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Michael Arias has had a colorful and varied filmmaking career, spanning the worlds of visual effects, computer graphics, and traditional animation. After producing the MATRIX-inspired anthology THE ANIMATRIX, Michael made his feature directing debut with…


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Michael Arias has had a colorful and varied filmmaking career, spanning the worlds of visual effects, computer graphics, and traditional animation. After producing the MATRIX-inspired anthology THE ANIMATRIX, Michael made his feature directing debut with TEKKONKINKREET, shown at the Berlinale and awarded Japan’s Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

映像ジャンルや国籍を超えてボーダレスに活躍し、映画『鉄コン筋クリート』で長編監督デビューを飾ったビジュアルクリエイター。80年代後半より、コンピュータを使ったVFXスタッフとして活動を始め、『アビス』などのハリウッド大作に参加。巨匠ダグラス・トランブルの下でアトラクション「BACK TO THE FUTURE THE RIDE」の映像制作に従事した後、日本にに渡る。日米合作のアニメーション・アンソロジー『アニマトリックス』では、ウォシャウスキー兄弟の指名でプロデューサーを担当。それから『鉄コン筋クリート』で第31回日本アカデミー賞で最優秀アニメーション作品賞を受賞、第57回ベルリン国際映画祭に正式出品された。

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