Short Film: SOLDIER ONLINE, 5min., USA, Music Video

Experimental Film & Music Video Festival

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Official music video for Old Robes (Subtle Soup Records) “Soldier Online” from the album The Spider and the Spectator.

Software Art / Realtime Cinema: generative, audio-responsive animation.

Who is the Soldier Online? A gamer, lost in their own exciting but unreal world? A drone pilot, far removed from the too-real destruction they are causing? A troll, wielding heavy words at a distance? Just a persistent brute, pushing forward despite desperate odds? Or perhaps, quite literally, a dog in heat? (On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog…) It’s this mystery character that I animated, always running, but always fragmenting and re-forming, in a world alternately collapsing and exploding around them. The animation is generative and audio-responsive, meaning that it is not “edited” in a conventional, linear way: rather it is a piece of software that responds to the changes in the music to create an evolving visual narrative. Although…

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