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DN303: Leviathan Ages – Jon Yeo


It’s been 6 years since London director Jon Yeo last joined us on the DN podcast, but we won’t hold it against him as he’s back today with his new film about long dead Kings arising to claim a fallen Emperor, Leviathan Ages. We discuss Jon’s return to the hands on method of working he employed on the excellent Beauty is the Promise of Happiness, and dig into the roots of the varied inspiration he pulls from film, music and games.

As a director you want those calling cards to say “Nobody else would have made this thing quite like I made it”.

Leviathan Ages (2013)

High up amongst craggy hilltops sits the ancient and powerful monument. An imposing temple, from where the Empire has been ruled harshly. Inside, a decrepit inner sanctum. Its dull crumbling walls are defaced with tribal markings. Half turned to dust and dead wired, a still and dormant place.

The Emperor sits centrally in the chamber. Proud, defiant, adorned in ceremonial robes. These are his last moments, in a trance like state our illustrious leader begins to conduct an aeons old ritual. With telekinetic grace, nine stones levitate, orbiting in gentle celestial ballet. This rite awakens the spirits of nine dead Kings, their eternal souls now locked in fragmented prisons carved from the ancient rock.

Across ruined landscapes they approach to claim the fallen Emperor, in judgement of his reign.




Author: MarBelle

MarBelle has a strange compulsion to watch as many films as he can get his hands on and find jobs that give him a legitimate excuse to drill filmmakers about their work. Directors Notes is the latest incarnation of this disorder and so much cheaper than film school. Twitter: @MarBelle


5 comments for “DN303: Leviathan Ages – Jon Yeo”

  1. This really isn’t that different from the other things Jon does. I like his visuals but I think it really is allot of plugins and seeing a human being talk would be a nice surprise.

    Posted by Remi Wilks | December 16, 2013, 1:22 pm
  2. I’m reading a story but what I see is allot of 3D graphics, a voice over and no actors. Am I missing something? I applaud these abilities. But it seems to me the only story is in the description.

    Posted by Andy F | January 22, 2014, 4:50 am
  3. Saw this at HPL Film Festival – Los Angeles and was blown away… Leviathan Ages was by far the best short presented this year.
    Regarding the storyline: I saw the one listed on the webpage here, but was perfectly happy with the one provided by my own imagination at the viewing. No detailing of the plot is really required.

    Posted by Mark B | October 1, 2014, 1:16 am
  4. I think that’s one of the great things about the rich worlds Jon creates, that you can find your own interpretation and it being equally valid.

    Posted by MarBelle | October 1, 2014, 9:48 am
  5. Great visuals but as far as story goes, he just creates a bunch of visuals and made up a very random silly story. Stick to the computer John or get yourself a writer definitely promise!

    Posted by Jake | August 16, 2015, 8:33 pm

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