Kris Moyes

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Sydney native Kris Moyes made his mark directing music videos for the likes of indie darlings Sia and Wolfmother, not to mention his brother Kim's electronic act, The Presets. And judging from the range of his visually intriguing, colorfully animated work—from the simply set bizarre facial distortions in Sia's recent "Buttons," to the multi-media pastiche of Wolfmother's "White Unicorn"— it's easy to say that the constraints of formula need not apply to his approach. "For someone like me to do what I do, it's having a balance between the analytical brain and the emotional aspect of creating something," says the former art student. "Beyond the analytical starting point, like the beginning of a concept, everything else from that point is a [spontaneous] response to me. It's just a feeling. Usually, by going with your gut instinct, it's the most correct decision-making process."

Fading in with multiple TV screen scrolls and segueing into a quick-flash collage of imagery, the video for The Presets' dark disco ditty "Are You the One?" set Moyes's career in motion. "The night that that was put online, I got two calls from U.K. production companies wanting to sign me for representation on the spot," he recalls. "That was really weird because I wasn't prepared for that. Essentially, the concept for 'Are You the One?' was to try and interpret as many different kinds as possible of what 'the one' is, so therefore you've got a 3D scan of the golden child, and you've got a Hispanic carjacker called 'Juan.' It's really a visual play on words, but I tried to do every possible film technique in there, so when people saw it, it would be like, 'This guy's got all these talents.' From that point on, people really started to pay attention."

Moyes draws his inspiration from eccentric, close-to-home sources, like Melbourne artist Ricky Swallow. "He carves human skulls out of wood, and they're perfect. The guy's a craftsman, and he's a conceptual artist. That's a true, pure creator, someone who actually spends time teaching themselves how to execute something that's unique to fulfill an idea. Before I got familiar with his work, I was doing the same thing. Then, someone pointed him out to me and it was like, Oh my God, there's someone that's doing this and he's far better than I am or could ever be."

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