Tonight is filled with chrysalises and cocoons. Waiting is not a game, it’s a process. Lethargic, terrible, churning endlessness. Trust that within the repetitive downward spiral there is rebirth. There are forces, spirits and vibrations deep at work, clicking and pattering, away from your consciousness. Sending some warm waves over through cyberspace.

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The body shuts down when it has too much to bear; goes its own way quietly inside, waiting for a better time, leaving you numb and half alive.

Jeanette Winterson, The Passion

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Faced with the daily prospects of failure and self-loathing, a numb chrysalis starts to develop around you, and if you are not careful you wake up one morning to find yourself not awake, but in a semi-comatose state, baked into a hardened shell, breathless and mind-numbing. You have to poke your finger through the hardened crispy shell, and after you’ve pushed it through you have to wiggle it about until eventually the hole is big enough to smash a whole fist through.

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Work for 6 years. The 7th, go alone or among strangers, so the memory of your friends does not hinder you from being what you have become.” —Vinay Gupta

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Sometimes body modification is just a way of telling yourself “this is still my house, I paint the walls and and I hang the art because I’m the one who owns it”


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Hey man. i recently found some of your films on vimeo and i really enjoyed them! i especially loved your new one. I really like how you can take simple, real life situations, and turn them into an emotionally engaging film without sacraficing that sense of reality. I am about to begin preparation for my senior year thesis film. I was wondering how you normally brainstorm before starting a new film. Do you normally start with conceptualizing the film’s narrative, or do you start with the visuals?


Hey Tommy,

Thanks so much for watching my stuff and for the kind words!  Congrats on almost being done with school too.  Maybe you saw this, but I wrote a little thing about the making of Hopkins & Delaney that goes a little bit into my conceptual process.  For my next film Datastreams, the concept started really simply as a relationship between three ambitious people and how it deteriorates over one night. Then I became more interested and started reading a lot about the origins of the Internet and made them all Silicon Valley Internet people.  After that, the story and visuals kind of just come intuitively, the subject kind of dictates the style for me.  I write a lot, but I usually don’t do storyboards that are too detailed so I can still have fun while I’m actually animating (and make changes on the fly).  For the new Late Night Work Club film, the theme of the collection was a nice prompt to get ideas flowing.  I also usually have a handful of books and movies I’m kind of explicitly drawing inspiration from (usually whatever I happen to be into at that moment) and that usually makes its way into the film somehow. Like for LNWC, I had just watched that movie Life 2.0 about people in Second Life and that movie The Girl Who Leapt through Time, and both of them kind of made their way into the idea that was percolating (some consciously, some kind of unconsciously). I guess my main advice would be to just do something about something you’re interested in, don’t try to be too clever when you come up with an idea or force a situation that isn’t natural onto a film (like two random characters unexpectedly meeting on a park bench, I can’t stand films like that because they seem so disconnected from reality or something a person is actually interested in).  I think if you care a lot about the subject, images and story ideas tend to just flow as you keep exploring it.  I’m thinking about making a movie about a PR event with Drones and it feels like the world keeps throwing inspiration in my lap for directions the story could go, and how it could look. 

Hope that helps some!

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