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'Kuso': Inside the twisted minds of Flying Lotus and animator David Firth

Poster art for the Flying Lotus-directed film,
Poster art for the Flying Lotus-directed film, "Kuso."
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Poster art for the Flying Lotus-directed film,
Director Flying Lotus of 'Kuso' signs the hood of a 2017 Acura NSX in the Acura Studio during Sundance Film Festival 2017 on January 23, 2017 in Park City, Utah.
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Poster art for the Flying Lotus-directed film,
(L-R) Animator David Firth, Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Frame producer Michelle Lanz at Sundance in January 2017,

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Musician Steve Ellison, also known as Flying Lotus, released his debut film over the weekend on the online streaming service, Shudder. If you’re not familiar with that don’t worry unless you’re a die-hard horror fan.

But don’t expect to see it pop up at your neighborhood Cineplex. It’s a film that’s definitely NOT for the easily queasy. It’s a visceral horror-slash-comedy film with a very loose plot that centers on the creatures that emerge after a destructive earthquake hits LA.

Flying Lotus called on British Animator David Firth to help him make Kuso. Firth is best known for his own creepy animations, including a character called Salad Fingers:

They’d worked previously on Flying Lotus’s video for his song Ready Err Not. If you’ve seen that, then you have an idea of what Kuso’s all about.

Frame Producer Michelle Lanz sat down with Flying Lotus and Firth to find out how they collaborated on this creeptastic film.

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