Albert proposed an off-kilter writing exercise, and then Metaphorest's beautifully strange short story inspired it all. I read the story aloud, Jenyffer.Maria started drawing the characters, Tori animated Jen's drawings, Lula and I did a live-action rendition, Lawrie Brewster took the project to soaring heights with his gorgeous visuals, and along the way there was the help, encouragement and roughly 180 contributions from throughout our community. We brought it to Sundance, and Nathan coaxed the lush and vast music out of the newly coined hitRECorchestra. (Good_Girl_Indie has written out a fabulously detailed timeline documenting what happened and when along this RECord's progression.)
Not only did we close our (two) official hitRECord screening(s) in the New Frontier Microcinema with this piece, but the next day, Sundance added it as a short film to play before the award-winning feature HOMEWRECKER on a much bigger screen.
I actually watched the thing again just now. And I can whole-heartedly say that, besides the progressive methodology with which it was made, and besides the warm reception it received at Sundance, just purely as a little piece of art, as a short film, as a RECord -- I'm as proud of Morgan M. Morgansen's Date with Destiny as I am of any work I've ever done.
Thank you, everyone, for making it all happen!
and thanks again...
[PS] [updating soon with higher-res file, proper aspect ratio (!) and there's still more resources left to cite, etc, etc, etc...]
Our man Morgan and his lovebuddy Destiny, along with Mssr. Foodpenguin and that dastardly dip-stick Lionel premiered to two jam-packed houses in Austin. The screenings were met with the lovely love of excited SXSW humanians.
Thanks to everyone who collaborated on Morgan and all of our other RECords in Austin. Its a time I won’t soon forget! :o)
It's certainly a much more ambitious story to tell than the first installment of Morgan M. Morgansen. So this version is less complete than the "white walls" version of that last episode. We got a lot of work ahead of us with this one!
Time to get to work on the visuals. Lawrie Brewster, this one has a hell of a lot more settings than the last one. I'm hoping the hitRECord contingent of graphic artists can rally round and pull together on this one.
I want to do another pass on the voice over. There's the characters' gibberish to add, sound effects. And of course, music!
This is the closest I could come to a file that would fit within our video player's 500MB limit. But I'm gonna upload another higher-res file as well for those of you (and there better be a lot!) who want to download it and start adding to it.
wirrow first Released this song back in the springtime. The first thing I did after the first time I heard it was email dan, saying "I found your new favorite song." He and I share a love for the pleasantly repetitive.
Other musicians added to it, PixelPilgrim and ChenelyWelly added to wirrow's vocals from the female persuasion. Nels Cline played hot guitar. Jeff Peff added percussion and edited the whole thing together into its current form.
The hypno-face template is one of the cooler aesthetic feats our mass collaborative process has achieved so far: wirrow drawing the first face, then hundreds of hitRECorders coloring it into diversity.
And the work of a whole lot of video artists went into this montage I've cut. Too many to name in this description, but I'll cite the resources below. (I've listed some so far, but I'll have to dig around to find the rest) The footage of dan spinning comes from Vanya, who is well intent on uploading the resource, I know because he's standing right next to me.
I am currently writing an epic essay about the work flow, which ill be adding to this thread once the films uploaded! Im posting parts of it on the old thread for the film, but i'll be shifting them over here!
Im so grateful to the artists whose work i was able to use, and to whom I could contribute! Metaphorest, Jenyffer, Lula and Joe and everyone just blew me away.
When I see what people are making here, and are aspiring too (me too!) I think wow, this is the kind of work i enjoy - to me this art, is what entertains me. To see us work together and develop ever more ambitious projects that Hit Record can eventually share with the world, to eventually become self sustaining - is one of the most exciting things ive seen occur in the creative industries.
So im waffling there - but exciting times!
Version 2 - will be including a number of graphic improvements, extra shots here and there, particularly to credits! Ive asked for ideas and suggestions in the last thread but deffo port them over here and ill give them a good consider!
HITRECORD.ORG is a project I started almost five years ago now, and in 2010, we've evolved into a full-fledged professional collaborative production company.
On new year's day, I released this video called THE NEW DEAL in which I've layed out what I want to do with hitRECord, how we're going to do it, and why.
In a nutshell: we create and develop art and media collaboratively here on our site; we use my position in the traditional entertainment industry to turn that creativity into money-making productions; and then we share any profits with the contributing artists.
In a nutter shell, we just have fun making things together. Videos, writing, photography, music, anything -- we call them all RECords. Are you RECording?
again by heart...
a sort of stream of consciousness-y thing ive been writing lately. i saw this timelapse vid today by bluebudgie and was really inspired to experiment with it. i understand how this might be seen as political or preachy or offensive.. but i honestly dont mean to be any of those things. it is directed at me more than anyone else. there's a lot of literary reference nod's in the text.
sub-point: the track is an instrumental version of everything is on fire
Didja hear we're being published by It Books / HarperCollins on a "Tiny Stories" Series? The next Tiny Book of Tiny Stories is gonna be sold in bookstores all over! Contribute your stories and illustrations here — http://www.hitrecord.org/records/407384
Here's a request coming from Roko, the documentarian who's making this movie:
Concepts we'd like hitRECorders to be inspired by as they create:
- dreaming and creativity (dreams are in some way the ultimate expressions of our creativity)
- the vagueness between different states of consciousness (including waking and sleeping. The spaces in between...)
- losing yourself in a story / dream / movie -- losing the boundaries of your self
Some specifics to illustrate:
-worst case scenarios, e.g. nightmares
-Freudian unresolved wishes - sex etc.
-our brains create a model that we consider to be reality. In waking it's dictated by a physical world that filters through our senses (sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste). In sleeping the brain creates freely, untethered by an external physical world.
-the phenomenon of sleep paralysis, sleep paralysis disorder, sleep walking, sleep behavior disorder
-dreaming is a creative act, your brain is an artist and filmmaker
-every character in your dream is you. In your dream you are essentially speaking to yourself.
-having novel ideas in dreams. Some Nobel prizes and works of art are accredited to inspiration from dreams
-the archetypal dream of school exam anxiety where, in your dream, you show up to school to learn that you have to take a major test that you're completely unprepared for.
-the archetypal dream of seeing someone close to you who has died.
-the idea that dreams are not just all in your head, they may be a portal to another reality -- a parallel universe.
Now, everything we work on here at hitRECord.org has the potential to make its way into one of our Productions. Maybe it gets screened at a live event, maybe it ends up on the DVD/book we're putting out, or who knows what else? These ten projects in particular are going so well so far, I think it's only a matter of time before they end up produced. So hop on and contribute! Please :o)
Also, Jared is almost done with the first phase of logistics to get our contributing artists paid for our last Production at SxSW. Next week, we'll post our proposals, as we do, and once the community has had a chance to discuss everything, we'll be sending out those checks.
Our next Production will be three shows this summer in NYC called SUMMER IN THE CITY. It's gonna be a rockin night out on the town.
Now get to work!
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