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The Artifice – film project

The Artifice short film (not to be confused with The Artifice magazine) was created by Misagh Alami and screened first in March 2009 as part of a series of media released with a project under the same title. It was produced in collaboration with creative artists Marlon Lewis, Paul Watkins, and Danielle Gold.

The 7 minute short film is an experimental visual piece delving into concepts like afterlife and existence in an abstract but accessible way. The original music, composed by Thomas Marek, is used as a vessel to narrate the main character’s journey through the various dreamy and vivid spaces he passes through.

The Artifice - short film

The Artifice concludes with the main character (played by Marlon Lewis) meeting a man (played by Paul Watkins) at a hospital. The man, who has an obscure and almost mystical presence, says:

You know, sometimes, I… I get so consumed in my paranoia, that I find it hard to believe that the whole world does stop for a second and suffer with me.

The Artifice

The ambiguity of this monologue in juxtaposition with the overall tone of the film is one of the reasons why it gained such a wide audience, with thousands, leading into millions, anticipating a feature film release of The Artifice.

While a feature length screenplay was penned by the creators, even prior to making this short film, and a full album of an original soundtrack was composed by a variety of music artists, this project ultimately fell through and has since been dusting on the shelf.

The Artifice Poster
The Artifice poster. One of many artistic work created as part of a series of media released with The Artifice.

A number of inspiring creations were produced under The Artifice film project (including the Lone Wolf short film). Many of which have influenced Misagh’s artistic career.


Music of The Artifice

The Artifice film project shined the best in its audio compositions.

The Artifice

Various musicians worked on producing an original soundtrack for the feature film. Three musicians in particular composed a full original soundtrack with each track capturing a concept in the unreleased feature film.

Hannah Junkmoon

One of the head composers of The Artifice is Hannah Junkmoon (previously Hannah Moulden). She worked closely with the creators to find the tone of the film.

Hannah’s early compositions like Air Bound apparitions were exactly the type of ambience the film creators were looking for.

Air Bound apparitions
By Hannah Junkmoon.

With influences from traditional composers like Thomas Newman and Clint Mansell to experimental artists like Kate Bush and Imogen Heap, Hannah crafts both composition and production techniques inspired by these artists to help create music that is atmospheric, emotionally deep, musically intelligent, and most importantly different from the traditional soundtrack.

Moments (The Aftermath)
By Hannah Junkmoon.
Are We Alive
By Hannah Junkmoon.
A Brief Moment
By Hannah Junkmoon.

Hannah’s music is meant to move and inspire the listener, subconsciously taking them on both an emotional and a physical journey.

Silicone Dreams
By Hannah Junkmoon.
Silicone Dreams (alternative)
By Hannah Junkmoon.
A Raid in Slowmotion
By Hannah Junkmoon.

Each piece takes place in a different part of the world from the Japanese inspired Bushido:

Bushido
By Hannah Junkmoon.

To the Persian inspired Dark Discoveries:

Dark Discoveries
By Hannah Junkmoon.
Hannah Junkmoon
Hannah Junkmoon.

Hannah’s originally composed music is an eclectic mix of mysteriously familiar instrumentation and rich textures to guide you through the concepts of The Artifice film.

Slow Moody
By Hannah Junkmoon.
March of the Taiko Warriors
Slow Moody (drums version). By Hannah Junkmoon.
Rising Dread
By Hannah Junkmoon.
Untitled
By Hannah Junkmoon.

Hannah also composed an alternative music score specifically for the 7 minute short film.

The Artifice
Short film alternative music. By Hannah Junkmoon.
The Artifice

Thomas Marek

Another music artist whose work was prominently highlighted throughout the film production of The Artifice is Thomas Marek.

The Artifice (Eastern Epic)
Short film music. By Thomas Marek.
Thomas Marek
Thomas Marek.

Thomas composed the full score used in the 7 minute short film, and also the score for the Long Wolf, which is a short film released as part of The Artifice film project.

Lone Wolf
By Thomas Marek.

Thomas’ compositions encompass a vast range of styles, moods, and instrumentation. He takes his musical influence from film composers such as John Williams and Michael Giacchino, through to “classical” composers such as Ravel and Duruflé, as well as many popular artists.

Am I Dead or Just Dreaming
By Thomas Marek.

While all of his pieces are completely different, their atmospheric and otherworldly feel remains a constant. His aim with this original soundtrack is to compose music that takes the listener to a completely different place in ways one might not expect.

Inscore
By Thomas Marek.
Untitled
By Thomas Marek.
The Artifice

Jonas Lundström

Jonas Lundström composed a few powerful tracks for the soundtrack.

Jonas Lundström
Jonas Lundström.

Jonas connected with Misagh (director of The Artifice) prior to the film production. They were both raised in a small town in north of Sweden where they engaged in the local arts scene, although in different artistic fields.

Arabian Horse
By Jonas Lundström.

Discovering they share a connecting style in artistic vision, a collaboration of this scale was inevitable.

Hannah Junkmoon collaborated with Jonas on one specific track.

From a distance
By Hannah Junkmoon & Jonas Lundström.

While The Artifice feature film will sadly never see the light of day, all the various creative work that was produced during its production have been a frequent source of inspiration for Misagh’s artistic career.


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