April 4th, 2014 marks the Official launch of K I L L T S P I R I T and release of the first design – the “Sarsaparilla” cuff.
The film was Conceptualized & Directed by Karim Ghahwagi, and features appearances by Ted Haler and Kindred Lansdown, with Music & Sound Design by Cora Ripatti.
I am very fortunate to be surrounded by such talented, creative and generous artists. Together the team worked to create the film using over 10,000 stills. All the old sewing machines, pin needles and clocks were animated frame by frame to give them the illusion of life. The house in the beginning of the film was created using three different houses, and the surrounding landscape was similarly photographed and assembled from locations in Denmark and Los Angeles. All live action sequences featuring Ted Haler and Kindred Lansdown were also shot in stop motion to integrate them into the universe of the film, and they both created tremendous performances. We also shot a presentation of the Sarsaparilla Cuff using the same technique.
Our new short film Ligature Legislation is out. It was made in response to the Bloody Cuts Horror short film challenge. The film had to be made specifically for the competition between October 30th, 2013 and December 30th 2013, for a budget not exceeding 1000 dollars, and not more than 3 minutes and 5 seconds in length, including credits. The film stars Chris Frandsen, and also features Kerry Frandsen. The score was composed by Rasmus Sjøgren. Sound design and mix was created by Cora Ripatti. This project has been a wonderful experience, and I am very lucky to be supported and surrounded by such incredibly talented and kind collaborators. You can see the film below, and afterwards, if you are interested in peeking behind the rope, there are a few notes further down on the making of the film. So far the competition has received 200 entries from around the world, and I encourage you to go check them out-Happy New Year!
My video Monkey King, which I made for Charlie Campari’s first single, is in competition in Scream Factory’s short horror film contest. You can go vote for your favorite films by liking them on Youtube starting today until December 2nd. You can see all the entries here - and you can vote by liking Monkey King here
Principal photography for the Killt Spirit film project (Still image above) is done and features performances by Ted Haler (Strange Days) and Kindred Lansdown. This was a really great experience and I am looking forward to the November release. I have signed on to do three music videos, the first of which will start production next week. I am really excited by these three videos which will feature interconnected narratives that span from present day Los Angeles and far, far into the future, to the dark depths of space, and heavy on supernatural horror, noir detective fiction and dystopian science fiction themes. Also, my short story Human Resources which appeared in the Des Lewis edited short story anthology The First Book of Classical Horror Stories, has received a review by Peter Tennant in Black Static! He writes: ‘Music is incidental to ‘Human Resources’ by Karim Ghahwagi, which appears to be channelling Thomas Ligotti’s attitudes to the world of work, with an omnipresent and mysterious company and people engaged in pointless labour, the mood of the piece powerful, dystopian and disturbing.’ I highly recommend this collection which has great stories by Colin Insole, Mark Valentine, John Howard, S.D. Tullis, D.P. Watt and many others. My novella Amerika is available in a limited hard back edition from Ex Occidente Press and you can grab it here and from the great Cold Tonnage Books here.
The music video for Charlie Campari’s single Monkey King from his debut EP ‘Moon Cricket’ is out today. Shot in stop motion in central Los Angeles and at Dead Man’s Point in Apple Valley, the video features performances by Laura Beckmann, Cora Ripatti, Ian Steffi, Soren Castellanos and Ethan Esrawi. The artworks featured in the video were created by nine year old Soren Castellanos, and additional camera assistance was provided by Valan Romero.
The poster for Charlie Campari’s forthcoming music video Monkey King. In lieu of a new distribution deal for the album, the release of the video will now coincide with its May 6th, 2013 release date.
We want to thank everyone for their kind comments and support. The video has had over 250,000 views so far.
Here are some behind- the -scenes pics:
In picture 1: Ivan Hansen taking a break between takes. In all over 65,000 single photo frames were shot for the video in June and July.
Picture 2: Ivan Hansen and Rasmus Sjøgren, lead singer of Drone who flew to Copenhagen from Berlin to do his scene for the video.
Picture 3: Ivan Hansen played every character in the video, some 25 characters; a tremendous performance in that all takes were done in stop motion.
Picture 4: In LA, even cats are editors. Mikah taking a break after a tough day at work.
I am very excited to present a teaser trailer for the forthcoming Drone video single Divide and Conquer, taken from their excellent album Doors of Perception. This has been an immensely exciting project to work on, and we are very much looking forward to debut the video on the 8th of September. The video stars Ivan Hansen and Rasmus Sjøgren.
My collage film for Kúra’s new single Flame is out. The video formed part of a collection of six additional collage films which accompanied Kúra’s live tour this summer.
’The First Book of Classical Horror Stories’ – containing brand new stories inspired by classical music.
Stories by Rachel Kendall, Andrew Hook, D.P. Watt, Adam S. Cantwell, Dominy Clements, Lawrence Conquest, Nicole Cushing, Stephen Bacon, Karim Ghahwagi, John Howard, Holly Day, Colin Insole, Tony Lovell, Daniel Mills, M. Sullivan, S.D. Tullis, Carmen Tudor, Mark Valentine, Aliya Whiteley, Sarah O’Scalaidhe and Rhys Hughes.
I have made a new visual show for Kúra‘s 2012 live tour. The following dates are confirmed.
27.04.2012 Rust, København
03.05.2012 Viva lá Revolution, Aalborg
04.05. 2012 Gjethuset, Frederiksværk
11.05.2012 Drivhuset, Skive
12.05.2012 Mejlgade For Manfoldighed, Århus
12.05. 2012 Gimle, Roskilde
17.05.2012 Ishuset, Hobro
18.05. 2012 Von Hatten, Randers
19.05.2012 Posten, Odense
24.05.2012 Train, Århus
25.05.2012 Pitstop, Kolding
26.05.2012 Maybeats, Humlebæk
TBA Roskilde Festival
Kúra are also featured in Politiken today, where the live show was also made public.
I have made a music video for Kúra’s forthcoming single: Joe, featured on their debut album Halfway to the Moon. The single and the video will be released April 11th, 2012. Shot around Copenhagen this January and February, the video features performances by Ivan Bøgh Hansen, Isabella Blicher, Lisbet Reingaard, Hasan Arsin, Clara Zapffe, Sofie Elskær and Terese Maglegaard Christensen.
16.04.2012: The video can now be seen here