Save Face

Just a little something I made over the weekend as part of our school’s 24 Hour Art Fest. I was given the theme of “man vs. society” and went from there.

I typed the story/script in less than an hour after receiving the theme. It was roughly a 3-4 hour shoot. Afterwards, I slept some and woke up at 6. From then until noon was straight editing. It’s by no means a perfect film but rather something I could crank out in less than a day.

Now, there are some subtleties in the editing and composition that will be missed in the first viewing. Watch it first, just to see it. Then I would look at the design of the masks, the contour of the table, the costumes, as well as specific phrases said in correspondence to the figure on screen.

Even though the idea of “man vs. society” can be experienced by everyone at some point in their lives, I made this partially autobiographical, especially now that I’m in college and exploring my identity as a person on the autistic spectrum. I am fully aware that once I am done with school that I will need to follow specific behaviors. However, there are some things I do that deviate from the “norm”. It is those characteristics that will make me stand out and draw unwanted attention to myself. It’s one of the reasons why I consciously chose the word “function” to be part of the dialogue of both characters. Bear in mind that I don’t see the world like this ALL the time. This is only a representation that comes in my mind every now and then.

I might explore this idea further, depending on schoolwork and all that.

A Bad Case of Labin Fever

There was a bad snowstorm last night and I had to stay over in the animation lab. It’s not the first time it’s happened nor will it be the last. I’ve spent as many as two or three nights without going far from the lab. It can drive someone crazy.

It’s an unscripted look into what I call and others reference as “labin fever.” At this point, there may be some more storms; in that case, more entries. There’s no real narrative other than glimpses of one snowy night in the lab.

Pacem in Lucem (Peace in Light)

I made the music myself by slowing down music samples in Soundtrack Pro and repeated them until I felt satisfied. The lights are somewhere in Ohio. I filmed them in the backseat on the way home from a family trip. I keyed out the black and superimposed them as well as mirrored them.

I plan on doing a second one with a similar theme. I’ll need to shoot some more lights as I’ve exhausted my footage. Road trip!

M is for Mariachi

A fellow college alum made this for consideration to be included in The ABC’s of Death 2. The topic is “M is for…”. Right now, the voting is open and the winner will have their piece included in the movie. So far, the only two people I know of who are slated to be directing pieces are Rodney Ascher (The S From Hell, Room 237) and Bill Plympton. I encourage you to take a look and vote for it.

To see more of his work, click the links below.