demons

artist statement/
description

A reinterpretation of a young, in love Miss Havisham (Great Expectations). Before she was jilted by her lover, the story tells of a struggle with mental illness.

ARTIST/ DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

When we were developing the storyline for “Demons,”  mental illness surfaced as a central idea amongst the narrative approaches we were exploring and we chose to further emphasize this because it made the story more interesting to us. We envisioned the protagonist as a young, in love Miss Havisham (Great Expectations), before she was jilted by her lover. We felt a struggle with mental illness fit a more contemporary interpretation of her relationship and wondered how her story might unfold differently. The lyrics become a moment of lucidity, as she reflects on the love of her life and the lack of control she feels. “Demons” uses abstraction and symbols to underpin the story. As the story is told from her perspective, in her voice, we approached the concept using the aesthetic style of a music video. We wanted the audience to discover new details with repeated viewing, so we included layers of detail to deepen the narrative. We very much see “Demons” as an experimental short film.

details
Medium: video art, experimental short
Duration: 00:04:40
Created: 2018

Subject Matter: mental health, depictions in historical literature

Aspect ratio: 16:9
Digital file type: .mov
Recording format: HD
Sound: Yes
Colour/ B&W: Colour
Language: English
Subtitles: No
Close Captioning: No


CREDITS

CAST
Odette Di Maio
Jan De Block

ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
Janine Ramlochan
Odette Di Maio
Jan De Block

SCREENPLAY
Janine Ramlochan

PRE-PRODUCTION
Jan De Block

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Jan De Block

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Astrid Bultijnck
Jan De Block
Wouter De Block
Janine Ramlochan

EDITING & VISUAL EFFECTS
Janine Ramlochan

SOUND DESIGN
Jan De Block

MUSIC
"Demons" by Miss O

Images
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