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The Demon Regent Asmodeus

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The Demon Regent Asmodeus (2006).

Alan Moore readers have finally discovered my little easter egg on the Mindscape of Alan Moore DVD so I can now talk about the creation of this miniature work. Director Dez Vylenz and I thought it would be nice to have a hidden extra somewhere on the main disc and this was the result.

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Glykon and Asmodeus by Alan Moore (1994).

I’d always liked the Asmodeus section that Alan reads on the first Moon & Serpent CD and had the idea for some kind of animation based around the reading using his 1994 portrait of Asmodeus for the visuals. I used Apple’s Motion application for the animation of the DVD menus and it was this application that also animated the three-minute film. Alan’s picture was the sole source for all the visuals even though for most of the running time these are a kaleidoscopic mesh of circles and hexagons. The reading (with sound effects by Tim Perkins) works symmetrically, building to a central point then reversing itself so that the words from the first half are read in reverse order. I followed this scheme with the animation; the film begins in abstraction, evolves into the Asmodeus portrait then devolves back into abstraction. There’s also a symmetrical split to the visuals which are matched along a vertical axis in the centre of the screen. I had James Whitney’s Lapis in mind when creating these circular patterns although Whitney’s forty-year-old film remains abstract throughout. Whitney’s film was also done the hard way, one frame at a time, without the luxury of computer filters.

The Mindscape of Alan Moore is available via mail order from Shadowsnake Films.

Previously on { feuilleton }
Alan Moore in Arthur magazine
Of Moons and Serpents
Lapis by James Whitney

 


 

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4 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by thewalker

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    best easter egg thingy ever.

    it is mesmerizing to watch, and i have a low tolerance for “trippy” visuals for the sake of it, so well done john.

  2. #2 posted by John

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    Thanks. :) I felt we’d done something a bit more special with this one than the usual throwaway stuff you get on movie discs.

  3. #3 posted by Matt

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    Absolutely wonderful. All the elements are just so beautifully balanced. Thank you.

  4. #4 posted by John

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    Thanks Matt, glad you like it.

 




 

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