Elliott Arndt is an upcoming director who gained a flair for composition and thought provoking narrative through creating music videos. Growing up in Paris the director moved to London to study film at London College of Communication, merging a fascination for music, film and fine art.
“I’ve been in several bands at a time for the last seven or eight years. From there I started doing all the artwork, flyers, posters and photos for all my friends’ bands,” Elliott explains. Trying his hand at film was another creative medium to get involved with when a friend asked for a hand. “I graduated in 2014 and from then on I’ve been making music videos constantly, about 15 of them in the last two years.” The director’s latest music video, Vanishing Twin Syndrome for his own band Vanishing Twin, is a journey of psychedelic personality. It showcases the band’s influences and inspirations without being pretentious; they have a zest for it and most importantly, they have a laugh.
Due to Elliott’s impressive collection of music videos he was selected by the Institute of Contemporary Arts for their Stop Play Record program last year, enabling him to make his first real short film. The end result FLO was commissioned by the ICA as part of Channel 4’s Random Acts and explores the term ‘flo’, “bowling jargon for a pre-game ritual that is religiously practiced before bowling, such as eating in the same restaurant or wearing the same socks”. The film plays upon this theme of repetitive rituals with characters or objects often numerously replicated on screen.
Elliott is currently part of three music projects: Vanishing Twin, Cristobal & The Sea and multimedia art project Fog Digging Sessions which will include studio recordings, live performances, video skits, music videos and even a fully fledged television series.
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Lucy joined It’s Nice That as an editorial assistant in July 2016 after graduating from Chelsea College of Art. In October 2016 she became a staff writer on the editorial team and in January 2019 was made It’s Nice That’s deputy editor. Feel free to get in contact with Lucy about new and upcoming creative projects or editorial ideas for the site.