Some know that we are at the dawn of a new age in cinema while others remain in the dark. No longer are "films" restricted to what studios want and distribution is not prohibited by costly film print. The art house scene has moved from the cinematique to the nearest computer with internet access supplanting geographic limitations. Whatever one's taste, we all have the opportunity to explore.
Embryoroom, at its core, is about the exploration of visual and sonic possibilities. The projects created and developed by Embryroom are committed to experimentation using optical and digital effects in multiple mediums ranging from film to various formats of video with a full spectrum of sonic exploitation. With the DVD Kuvaputki / Cathode Ray Tube / Set, what began as a documentary transformed and pushed at the walls of what a documentary is. The footage is document, but the film, laden with heavy motion graphics, tells a visual narrative that evolved into three parallel films; not exactly a film that would be green lit by a studio. Although an unorthodox film, the response has been strong, with the DVD reaching number one on Amazon's best seller list in multiple countries.
The Hazmazk Anthology
Hazmazk (Has Mask) is comprised of "Intersodes," short films of varying lengths, several of which hearken back to the old serials of the 1930s. While the Intersodes stand on their own, they will culminate in to a feature film called Revelation in the League of Sin.
The Third Rail
In the case of The Third Rail, the images driving the loose narrative are medieval in origin. Torture, altered states of mind; the human body twisted and disintegrated to another tier of existence were major themes of the Middle Age art and the intersection of religion. Abduction, death and transformation are made manifest as a vivisection of our culture. Since the start of the new century, the world has again been pervaded by those old extremes through old media and certainly new media on the internet with terror snuff. If the Third Rail has any conscious meaning, it is a return to the old medieval paradigm in a new hypnotic shell.
The use of the crawl in the old serial vernacular and the accompanying music, "Les Preludes" by Franz Liszt, was featured in the "Flash Gordon" serials while also used at nearly the same time by Dr. Goebbels in Nazi news reels. Ideological differences aside, propaganda, like music, is a universal language. In regard to the "Intersodes", some of that atmosphere made its way into The Third Rail, Camp Thunderbolt and Chamber of Aversion beneath the surface abstractions.
The following are the title crawls from two of the intersodes, and Revelation in the League of Sin Camp Thunderbolt. What long ago was a mecca of amusement is now a haunted place, a malignant lure for humans and non-humans alike. Beneath the seductive carnival spell, It's victims arrive in the form of energy. Reintegrated into prisoners, they are made to suffer perverse transformations to serve a clandestine design.
Chamber of Aversion
Having nearly perished from disintegration at the hands of his captors, a victim reintegrates to find himself imprisoned within the depths of the mysterious Camp Thunderbolt.
Time, form and matter are lost to the chamber's restraint. Interrogated physically and electronically, the victim's aberrant inquisitors attempt to subvert his mind and mount their hybrid experiment.
Revelation in the League of Sin
Somnambulists in a decaying urban landscape are surveilled as they enter an even darker world of late night debauchery, a reality not their own, inhabited by deformed beings. As seemingly nonhuman captors examine and interrogate, the nightmare unfolds and the revelation is delivered. They are transfixed as victims of the League of Sin.