Nov 4, 2013
Stark, contrasty and monochromatic, Scriptura Vitae is both an exploration of duality as well as a performance of the Japanese anti-dance performance known as 'Butoh,' a movement that originally started as an anti-western protest following World War II. Starring Miho Nikaido, best known for her role in Tokyo Decadence and renown Butoh performer Maki Shinagawa entering a trance like state to the moody score of Diplo.
The entire concept is based off of the artwork of designer and calligrapher Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic, who created Scripturae Vitae as his directorial debut in collaboration with Protein films. It's a beautiful piece, and I especially loved the usage of overlaid ink washes as a framing device throughout the short.