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Palliativity 152: sample the world

Posted on May 31, 2012

Why the Musashi Mix? I get this question quite a bit when I tell people about my website or hand them my card.

Like a wandering foley-artist, I sample the world around me for my next inspiration. I wield my camera like a Titan, taking fragments of the world so that I can craft something completely new. Like all collagists, I'm a horder. Thankfully my medium is digital. It's not always pretty. It's not always clean. Unlike my shared physical space, my brian/cpu never have to be. That's the Musashi Mix.

This guy knows what I'm talking about:

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Fireside

Posted on May 29, 2012

Fireside, ©MMXII

The night is dark and full of terrors

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The Last Passion of Samurai Jesus

Posted on May 24, 2012

Some people just don't know when to die…

The year was 2005. It was the heart of the Bush era and my junior year of college. My friend and I had devised a plan before summer break to make a feature-length film that would put the epic win back in our lives at a time when America was a dissapointing failure of Christian War-hawks and wasted lives. It was Monty Python meets Kurosawa. This project was the groundbreaking cornerstone of my college years. The film represented everything that meant most in my life:

The Last Passion of Samurai Jesus - final showdown

Samurai Jesus took a semester to write and a semester to shoot, cut and produce. Prior to the premier, we stayed up for 50 continuous hours working to finish editing, export and burn. Without Facebook, YouTube, Kickstarter, a car or a cellphone, we made this happen. My laptop's internal hard-drive was only 20gb and its 256mb of RAM made rendering a bit glitchy. Most of the roles were played by our friends, very few of them actors or filmmakers, with a total cast and crew of almost 75 people. I directed and starred without ever learning any of my lines. We made all of our own props and scouted all the locations ourselves. No one was paid. Our budget was under $500, and after selling dvds we actually turned a small profit. Over 300 students and faculty came to the first screening at a 1,100 student school.

When the credits rolled, it was the happiest I'd ever been— there surrounded by my friends and coconspirators.
It was truly one of the greatest shared experiences of my life.

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Oh, and I met my partner as an extra bonus 😀 The moment is captured in the clip above. I actually stabbed her before I knew her name, all while wearing Zombie Samurai Jesus make-up.

Auspicious beginnings indeed.

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Hecate

Posted on May 21, 2012

Hecate, ©MMXII

“From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it.
You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch!”

― Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell

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Palliativity 151: Scissors beats Paper

Posted on May 17, 2012

http://www.behance.net/gallery/SCISSORS-BEAT-PAPER/3736619

NATO is at the gates of my fair metropolis. They are trailed by their groupies of counter-movement leaders, impressionable followers, demonstrators, patriots, freedom junkies and those just looking for a fight… and tear-gas.

This isn't a protest; it's a time-bomb.

Respectively, the citizens brace for an invasion of the Post-Occupy Movement's disenchanted and directionless orphans. In other words, a bunch of revved-up people that have no fucking clue what to do with their weekend are chasing their next windmill; their next dragon. This is what happens when a movement falls through.

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With my art, I don't intend to glorify war or to romanticize militarism. My family, my perspective, has been defined by the world at war model; the Westerosian seasons of apocalypse and rebirth.

Millennials: We are the children of Autumn… or is it still Summer? These times of relative calm are defined by our last engagement with the enemy— the pretentiously defined other; the demons that survive us…

"What doesn't kill us, defines us."
The Zero Effect

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Empire

Posted on May 14, 2012

Restoration, ©MMXII

You can't take it with you…

…but you can sure as hell try.

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