Your New Favourite Flavour
Chris Hill is making a short film about milkshake flavours. Our subject’s favourite? Vanilla. “I think it’s interesting most people don’t consider vanilla a flavour,” Chris muses in hushed tones, from a quiet corner of a Borders bookstore. “To me it has a lot of subtlety and depth”. While the metaphor about the slightly shy video-clip maker’s personality is an easy one to make, the comparison to the boy’s art is a more difficult segue. Not because his clips lack depth, you see, but in the ice-cream world they’re less Vanilla Bean, more Wasabi Rum Raison. Add this guy to your Must Familiarize Self With list stat because of his frankly amazing clips for the electro-rock Brat Packers loitering down Melbourne way: Cut Copy, Midnight Juggernauts, Damn Arms to date. The largely self-taught artist found himself in such auspicious company after relocating from Lismore to Melbourne: (“I was enrolled in a Fine Arts course, but I didn’t finish it because I was, um, partying too much”.) Here he found himself crashing on a friend’s couch who, as luck would have it, was the flatmate of none other than Dan-from-Cut-Copy. A personal and artistic bond between the two guys blossomed (‘You like cool stuff? I like cool stuff!’) and the results are impressive: Chris’ clips confidently meld a love of 3D effects with live action; in turns deliciously spooky, humourous and playful. It’s a trip: Animal masked musos jump up and down next to old school computer games, TVs explode, 80s neon light works mathematically, static swallows people whole. As layered and exciting as the music of the bands he’s working with, Chris’ work earns him a shiny New Wave of Awesome Artists badge. Milkshake movies will be bringing his art to the yard, uh, no, a cinema near you soon, in the meantime, meet the guy and his pretty pictures online via buzzardmountainranch.com
He spends his days at: RMIT, studying Media Arts.
He works with: Adobe Premier and After Effects.
He admires: “Artists and film-makers who use comedy in their work”.
He thinks: “Everyone knows a lot more about film language than they think they know”.
He likes: David Shrigley, the Chapman Bros, Ed Templeton, Harmony Karine, Spike Jonze, John Carpenter, NY’s Paperrad, Alexandre Jodorowsky’s El Topo (1970). “El Topo is like an existential western. It’s a tough movie with some surrealism thrown in”.