From the Film Maker
Johann Liss’s powerful painting deals with decapitation and revenge. My short film appropriates the storyline, the bold composition and the general feel of revenge mixed with poetic justice. The use of cartoon and videogame imagery creates a contrast with the original painting. Whereas the latter is quite bleak, the animation retains an unsettling charm and innocence. When composing the soundtrack I designed a counterpoint-based progression, so that in the beginning both animation and soundtrack seem to be telling the same story, and when we reach a major plot point, they divorce each other in rather a violent manner, highlighting the absurdity of the situation.
A piece inspired by Johann Liss, Judith in the Tent of Holofernes, about 1622