Ergot

Ergot is a poisonous and hallucinogenic mushroom that grows on cereals. The text is inspired by how the group interpret the effect of the drug. The surreal world created by the mushroom exists solely in the head of those intoxicated while reality around begins to crumble and decay, the perspective becomes distorted, like the scenography in the video. The drug slowly deprives you all sense of being, leaving you naked with nothing more to offer than desperation.

  • Elettra Arnell
    Director
  • Matia Simoncig
    Key Cast
  • Sons of a Gun
    Music
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Segale Cornuta
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 34 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy
  • Language:
    Italian
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Elettra Arnell

Elettra Arnell was born in 1992 in Italy, from an Italian mother and a Swedish father. She studied for 5 years at the Art high school Giovanni Sello in Italy until 2011, when she got the diploma in Photography and Film. During the same year she followed Art and Film courses in Stockholm. Since 2012 she has travelled and worked in Scotland, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden and Thailand, creating music videos, short films, video art, animations and documentaries. In each film she directed, filmed and edited. Her themes often refer to death, identity, creativity, and loneliness. In 2015-2016 she studied at the European Film College in Denmark, receiving a Diploma in Advanced Editing with Avid, Editing with Avid, Foundation in Sound for Film - From Design to Delivery, Animation and Lightning for Film. During the course, she collaborated with other students as sound designer and editor, on different projects, such as short films and documentaries. She is currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Digital Film and Television).

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Director Statement

The idea of this musical video came about when the masons rebuilt a room in my house. At the first sight I knew that the desolated atmosphere of this room was perfect for the song “Ergot” and the same day I made the video. Instead of writing a screenplay, I listened repeatedly to the song and shot in that same moment, driven by the sensations that the words and the music transmitted to me. Rather than directing the actor I told him to identify with a drugged man, both with his soul and his body. I wanted to fuse together a creepy atmosphere, deranged facial expressions, and a forlorn scenography in order to transmit the essence of the song to the viewer.