Sunday, December 27, 2009

Starz of the New Year


Grapes, originally uploaded by rasdourian.

Shine bright.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Art Walk


A few months ago I had the pleasure of checking out an interactive art installation in NYC by artist Ernesto Neto. I was blown away by how cool it was and how kid friendly it was. My GF's nephew Dean gives us a guided tour of the exhibit while the sounds of Casino Versus Japan transport us back to our childhood and the sense of wonder it must feel as a child to experience such a work of art. Photos on Flickr. Enjoy!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Streaming Subconscious

Ironic that in my previous post I praise the very artist who was kind enough to feature my student works in a online streaming festival he was curating. What am I talking about? The streaming festval is a platform for college level Art students (undergraduate and graduate) to exhibit, prepare, speak out and receive feedback for their works that examine the medium of video and experimental film. Ryan Seslow, the amazing prolific artist, has chosen some truly original pieces of video/audio art to be featured in this very cool concept including some of my early NYU films. The films will be streaming from November 13-19th here so please enjoy some streaming awesomeness.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Transcending Twitter Potential


Ryan Seslow is an amazing multi-disciplined artists and professor who I've had the pleasure of meeting via the magical social networking tool, Twitter. Ryan was one of the earliest people I began to follow and he instantly blew my mind with a plethora of amazing artistic content. I also became fascinated with his personal artistic works which include a wide variety of Warhol-esque techniques and cultural references on iconic touchstones. I could go on and on about Ryan's art but am more inclined to direct you to his insane Flickr page which gives you more than a glimpse into this prolific artist's body of work.

"Transcending Situational Potential" is a new short art film Ryan made that is extremely evocative and insightful about the birth of creative impulses. It's a surreal journey of complicated ideas but if you focus and pay attention, I guarantee you will be able to relate to your own creative urges. As Professor Universe and the fragmented personality soliloquize, I was mesmerized by the images that the words evoked. My favorite section of the film is entitled "Expression is in Motion" in which Ryan dissects footage of a crowd of people walking down a street as an omniscient voice muses on in poetic verse. As the images slowly unfurl and the movement grinds to a near halt, we begin to see subtle distortions in the footage. As if they were waves radiating from invisible shadows, Ryan's beautifully shows us the potential in all of us even in the simplest subtle of movements.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

#IFPFilmweek Roundup


I had the privilege of attending IFP Filmmaker Week, winning tickets courtesy of the amazing independent crowd-sourcing fundraiser company IndieGoGo via Twitter (thank you social media), and I must say there were some interesting thoughts worth sharing on the current state of independent film culture. For those unfamiliar with the event or the organization, IFP is a nonprofit company that has evolved into the largest organization of independent filmmakers, and is also the premier advocate for them. IFP film week gathers independent filmmakers, distributors, producer, critics, lawyers and anyone from the gamut of the indie film-making world, putting them in panels to discuss a wide variety of topics. I did my best to live tweet the panels I thought were interesting, but due to lack of wifi and bad cellular reception I was only able to quote a few of the speakers. I'll do my best to recap some of the important points that kept coming up.

Building your audience is key! That, above all, was the strongest and clearest message to the independent community. "The beauty of the internet is it's limitless bounds, we can do anything with it." said Gary Hustwit, director of Helvetica, talking about his internet following and how the number of people on his email list has helped foster his films. "Facebook, Twitter it's all part of making the film, it doesn't stop after the film is done, it's what allows me to make the next film. And don't forget what we are making has value to websites, they're looking for cool content" talking about the trailer for his new documentary "Objectified" being featured on Gizmodo.

"You have to find established audiences, tap into them and bring them into your domain" said Bladimiar Norman of 42 west, a full-service public-relations firm for your film. "Drilling your content into crowds that are relevant to your film will have the biggest impact." Talking at the same panel, Crowd Sourcing: Building Fans, Bloggers, & Press Allies, IndieGoGo founder Slava Rubin told the crowd of up and coming filmmakers, "The ones who are successful are the ones who take action and take advantage of the tools available them" referring perhaps to the many easy tools sites like Indiegogo offer, including Twitter/Facebook integration, setting up screenings and handling crowd sourced funds.

One of the best panels I attended was "The Times, They Are A-Changin" with Ted Hope, Christine Vachon, Lance Weiler and Kenneth Woo, where the main focus was again the power of audience building and the benefits engaging your audience can reap. "It's important to build your audience before making your first feature, you need to think about it as part of preproduction" Ted Hope talking about the power of social media and twitter, and how social networks had propelled his next film "Super" with Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page and directed by James Gunn based on their collective number of followers on Twitter (Ted has 2 fantastic blogs, Truly Free Film and Let's Make Better Films that are must reads for all filmmakers). But Lance Weiler, creator of the workbook project (an amazing resource for filmmakers), hit home a big problem plaguing the concept of audience building, fractured audiences, "Audiences are becoming so fractured nowadays that it's hard to tap into them. How can we take a filmmaker and their audience and be able to share them with another?"

Personally I think this is one, if not the main problems facing the current independent film movement. We have tools and resources on how to make films, but we do not have a central focus for our audiences to tap into. We need to start thinking about ways of actively connecting our networks to promote the actual consumption of our films, as opposed to just teaching others how to make them.

"The Internet had changed everything, including independent film. It's never been easier to make a film but never been harder to build an audience." said Mark Lipsky, president of Gigantic Digital Cinema, a company committed to making quality, first-run independent films available to everyone, everywhere, anytime. "One of the biggest problems with Independent Films is the label "independent film" wad co-opted by the studios. We need to win back that label." he said, comparing how "There Will Be Blood" is labeled 'indie' by the media. Orly Ravid of New American Vision, has an ambitious new project The Film Collaborative to fix the problem. When it launches, it will be the first non-profit, full-service provider dedicated to the distribution of independent film. It will offer a full range of affordable distribution, educational, and marketing services to independent/non-commercial filmmakers looking to reach out to traditionally undeserved audiences, thus enriching the lives of filmmakers, audiences, and communities alike. This is a step in the right direction.

Overall, IFP Film week's panels provides independent filmmakers an invaluable tool of starting dialogue about our constantly evolving independent film culture. It's our job as filmmakers to engage our audiences in that very dialogue, but in a creative way. I think the most valuable nugget of information came from a young filmmaker, Asiel Norton director of the film Redland, who earnestly said, "The way I look at the web and social media is as another creative tool to create art. It's a tool to extend and expand the life around your film, but at the end of the day, the most important thing is to make a good movie"

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Peaceful state of mind


Stanley Blur Perfection, originally uploaded by rasdourian.

Calm, content, creative.

Friday, September 11, 2009

8 years later...


RIP to all those who lost someone.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Kohta's Fiery Furnaces


So my buddy Kohta, who animated the amazing intro and credits of Ai, is part of this cool music video competition on youtube. The competition is to make a video for the band Fiery Furnaces, as part of a competition/contest held by WNYC/NPR. All you need to do is click on this youtube link, and select "I love it!" (even if you actually don't) Kohta and his video making partner Madoka would surely appreciate it. In any case, your help is appreciated and of course, please do leave your comments and rate the video if you want to! Kohta is really cool and would love to hear your feedback (on the youtube page). You can check out his other work in his kitchen.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Happy Labor Day Weekend


Yellow Leaves, originally uploaded by rasdourian.

Enjoy the holiday and get some sun.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Trees of the City


Shadow Print, originally uploaded by rasdourian.

Added a whole bunch of new pictures to my Flickr stream including a few select pics to one of my favorite sets, Trees of the City. Check em out and add me as a friend if you on Flickr.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Anti-Christ Anti-Review


I have a lot of filmic influences from around the globe but there are only a core group of filmmakers who I truly consider and regard as cinematic legends. Andrei Tarkovsky is one, if not, the greatest filmmaker of all time and leads the pack of cinematic legends that I am in awe of and to whom I aspire to be like. Lars Von Trier is also part of this cinematic rat pack, obviously for very different reasons than dear old Andrei, yet the two filmmakers are intertwined for me.

Tarkovsky's influence on Von Trier is more than apparent, particularly in his first few films. Look at Von Trier's early masterpiece "The Elements of Crime" which clearly lends itself to Tarkovsky nature infused imagery but in a new disturbing and twisted way. As Von Trier evolved as a filmmaker, he drifted farther and farther from the traditional cinema form and began crafting his unique Dogma style of filmmaking, as far a departure from Tarkovsky as possible.

But with Anti-Christ we see a return to these old school influence of restrained and delicate camera work that entrances your eyes and mind but in an anti-Tarkovsky fashion, making it all the more compelling. Anti-Christ is a hypnotic horror fest that not only hypnotizes its viewers, but makes them extremely uncomfortable, while dabbling in a myriad of themes ranging from sex, violence, depression, torture, genocide, religion, satanism and death. While these may seem overwhelming in description, Von Trier's anti-Tarkovsky film style slowly lulls the viewer into a calm before dealing a death blow.

Lars von Trier's history of torturing a woman's soul in his films is part of his signature, usually giving them an enormous hurdle to overcome and then pulling the rug beneath their feet just as they are about to succeed, making it all the more tragic. His films are at times, very difficult to watch, so it's no surprise that he has a knack for horror films. However, previous to this, Von Trier has only done one true horror project "Riget" better known as "The Kingdom", an excellent Danish TV show that was poorly adapted in the US by Stephen King and cut short due to the death of its primary actor. But nothing is quite as chilling as his new endeavor.

Anti-Christ might be Lars' greatest work to date in my humble opinion. While many in Cannes scoffed at the graphic sexual violence portrayed in the film and then felt insulted as they saw a solemn dedication to Andrei Tarkovsky, I felt the opposite way. Why? Because in many ways this is the ultimate Andrei Tarkovsky film but in an antithesis kind of way.

Where Andrei found beauty in nature, Lars finds evil. While Andrei will hold imagery of religious artwork in his films, Lars focuses on images of torture and genocide. In the method of perfection that Tarkovsky strived for, Von Trier relishes in controlled chaos. And in the way that Andrei searches for Christ in his films, Lars reveals to us the Anti-Christ inherent in our own human nature.

Without revealing any spoilers, the final shot of Anti-Christ to me is like a continuation of one of the many mesmerizing shots from Tarkovski's final film "The Sacrifice", specifically when Erland Josephon daydreams about the oncoming apocalypse and has a vision of countless faceless figures running down an abandoned street. Remember this shot when you see Anti-Christ and you will understand how Von Trier has connected the dots from one of his greatest teachers to his own cinematic vision.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Become a fan of Ai on Facebook

Ai on Facebook

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Indie Fest Ai Screening


indie fest flier, originally uploaded by rasdourian.

Please come out if you are in the Anahiem area and want to tweetup in person for the screening of my samurai short film "Ai" at Indiefest on a big screen.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

We Won!


My GF, her nephew and myself won a Dew Box from #dewlabs and were able to try 7 exclusive new flavors of Mountain Dew before anyone else. Oh and we got some cool artwork and a flipcam too. Enjoy the vid!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Follow Friday Friends


#FollowFriday is a popular trend/activity that Twitter users do every Friday to recommend fellow tweeple (as I call them) that they enjoy following on Twitter. Its becoming increasingly difficult to understand and keep track of why they should follow someone simply because their name is on a list of other twitter users with the tag #followfriday. Instead it's becoming a popular alternative to blog a list of followfriday users and describe something simple to attribute who they are and why a new user should follow them.

Here's my work in progress list:

FILMMAKERS: @Jason_Pollock @TrakovskyFilm @theauteurs @quirk @josephnasto @GoGoSlava @Live_for_Films @FilmIntuition @IndywoodFILMS @EMofford @grking @michaelmontes @DoubleEdgeFilms @TheFilmStage @filmmaker @ScottKirsner @FlywayFilmFest @eumagine @CORKY242 @jessebdylan @FilmSnobbery @MireilleM @lanceweiler @tedhope @indiemoviemaker @xiaolitan @EitherOrFilms @FlashYourShorts

MUSICIANS: @blumarten @londonelek @TreBeatz @WaltRibeiro @calvinharris @aeiddias

PHOTOGRAPHERS: @thetimecode @FlickrAnalog @mattbologna

ARTISTS: @ryanseslow @MariKurisato @Kim @calanree @JahFurry @fjfonseca @beckyjewell @vagabond_blue @BellaVidaLetty @MissXu@Guy_Vincent @Winsorandnewt @jimsmeltzart

GAMERS: @ObiBen @BigSt3ph3n @crecenteb @giantbomb @CheapyD @Wombat5277

TECH AND SOCIAL MEDIA GURUS: @GuyKawasaki @zaibatsu @JasonCalacanis @TEDchris @jolieodell @cheth @brett @andysowards @leolaporte @chrispirillo @BuzzEdition @Scobleizer @steverubel @christinelu

CELEBS: @DAVID_LYNCH @JRichardKelly @Jon_Favreau @Alyssa_Milano @ThatKevinSmith

REAL LIFE HOMIES WHO TWEET LIKE CHAMPS: @TeemaZeeKay @georgyman @leighleighsf @KingJaffeJoffer

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dew Labs Dew Box


The Dew Labs Challenge - What will be the next flavor? on 12seconds.tv
I love Mountain Dew so I was thrilled to hear about a video competition to win an limited edition sampler of potential new Mountain Dew flavors. Great idea for a campaign and I love the incorporation of the artists! So please help me win one of this ├╝ber cool Mountain Dew flavor kit boxes as seen here on Jason Pollock's awesome youtube video by checking out my video submission. If you have a 12 seconds account, throw me some bumps and views to help rocket my vid and taste buds to Mountain Dew bliss.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Overwhlem You with Blu


The final installment of the Blu Mar Ten Death Trilogy Remix Project is complete...here is the final video using footage from the final film in the trilogy, Ai. Hope you enjoyed the videos and don't forget to go out and get yourself some amazing Blu Mar Ten music to pump in your digital player of choice!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Made of Blu Mar Ten


The second video part of the Blu Mar Ten Death Trilogy remix project is up and out on the interwebs. For the second video "Made of Air" I remixed my NYU thesis short film "Stranger" for the drum n bass trio. I hope you enjoy the collaboration and further check out the fantastic sounds of Blu Mar Ten. Also, check out their cool Twitter giveaway.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Blu Mar Ten Remix Project


The project I've been working on for the past few weeks while still working my full time job (kids don't try that at home) is finally here. As I like to call it, the Blu Mar Ten Death Trilogy Remix project is a collaboration between myself and Blu Mar Ten, a successful drum n bass trio from UK who I discovered via my love of hospital records.

The project is a cross promotion where I took the three tracks from their newest single and used my three short films from my "Death Trilogy" and re-edited them into music videos. Above is the first one, expect the other two later this week. If you enjoy the music I highly encourage you to buying their albums and EPs on itunes or other outlet. Follow both myself and Blumarten on twitter to stay up to date with the music and the videos. Thanks!!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

INK Review


Last Thursday I had the pleasure of seeing a rare kind of independent film at Cinema Village in NYC. When I say rare, it's not because of the genre of the film (sci-fi fused with a bit of fantasy/dreamscape) but rather because of the tremendously high quality final product that is "Ink" a new feature film from up and coming director Jamin Winans. Some of you may already be familiar with the filmmaker from his sensational short film "Spin" which I didn't realize was Jamie's until after I stumbled upon his youtube channel, but in retrospect there is a direct homage to the short in "Ink" which makes for one of the more memorable scenes of the film.

So what makes "Ink" so uniquely cool and different? First off, the level of FX in this film are outstanding, in addition to fantastic cinematography, art direction, editing, choreography and sound design. Every element of the film's production, especially the post production values, are top notch. In addition to that, the movie is chock full of cinematic homage that I was spotting left and right, making it truly a film buff's film to enjoy. Everything from "The City of Lost Children" to "The Matrix" to "Sin City" to an obscure Chris Cunningham videos (maybe that's just me seeing things), but I got a certain sense of glee from seeing the influences of some of my favorite directors such as Aronosfky, Fincher, Lynch, Jeunet and Rodriguez present and alive in the film.

For an independent product, "Ink" looks and feels just like a high budget sci-fi adventure and that truly is a marvel and nod to the director's hard work and creativity. My one gripe with the film was that I felt elements of the story were a bit heavy handed, but I think it's Jamin's way of getting across his positive message about the importance of family. Either way, it never distracted from the fresh style of Jamin's filmmaking and the unqiue universe he has crafted. I don't want to spoil any of the plot, so just watch the trailer above and I'm sure you'll be intrigued to seek out the film. "Ink" is playing in limited release right now in only a few select cities, but hopefully it will be distributed as a digital download so all the world can have a chance to see this truly remarkable independent film. Stay up to date with the film on Double Edge films official website, Twitter, and blog.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Slow week


Blue Crawl, originally uploaded by rasdourian.

But lots of blu content coming soon!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Raising the Not Quite Dead...on Twitter!



So yesterday I posted about Jason Pollock's premiere tweetup and today I'm writing about Anthony Lane, an ambitious filmmaker who I also met on Twitter. He caught my attention via his unique method for raising funds for his next feature film "Invasion of the Not Quite Dead". Using the social network, he is taking pre-orders for DVDs and blu-rays of the yet to be filmed film and using that as the primary budget for his project. Yet another ingenious concept for combining social interaction with progressive film cutlture. Not only is Anthony attracting an audience before the film is even made, but he is directly incorporating them into the film.



Anthony is offering a few different packages on his website, a standard pre-order and then multi-tiered producer package or even a speaking role in the film. Either one will result in the zombification of a photo you send to Anthony, part of the pre-order. I think Anthony's creative concept for finacning his film will succeed and I look forward to adding "Invasion of the Not Quite Dead" to my blu-ray collection.

A New Kind of Film Twestival


I've been on Twitter for quite some time and it never ceases to amaze me how amazingly innovative people can be with the social network, particularly when it comes to integrating it with evolving film culture. In my opinion, one of the most important aspects of social media for filmmakers is building an audience for your film, essentially curating your work directly for your fans. But building an audience is only step 1, interacting with them and keeping them engaged with both the filmmaking process and the distribution process is vital to creating something more lasting than an mere independent film.

I can't think of a more perfect example then what Jason Pollock is doing with the premiere of his new documentary film "The Youngest Candidate" at the LA film festival later tonight. It truly is a first of its kind, to use Twitter not to just to promote the film, but actually directly inviting your audience to attend the premiere and bringing those digital supporters who can't attend the event into the theater via Twitter. Jason is truly interacting with his audience in a new and inspiring way and because of that, I predict his film will be a huge success, more so than the average independent film, that is unaware of the power that can be infused via social media.

Learn more about the film premiere and tweetup and if you are tweeting today, hash tag all your tweets with #TYC so Jason can be a trending topic when the film premieres.

UPDATE: Just for clarification, the term Twestival in the title refers to a play on words for film festival and is not meant as the actual definition for an official fund raising operation for charity water. Thanks Amanda Rose for clarifying!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Lazer Tunnel

I got the new iPhone 3GS and its amazing. It does video! This is my new youtube channel dedicated to just my iPhone vids...enjoy!

Monday, June 15, 2009

100th Post!!!


For my hundredth blog post, check out the new exclusive video that Allan Tsao and myself made for SoulPancake. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Want to be home?


Big Boss, originally uploaded by rasdourian.

Always...

Friday, May 22, 2009

Reflect Wisely


Ripplez, originally uploaded by rasdourian.

Enjoy the long weekend everyone!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Twitter Candidate



If you're on Twitter and don't know about Jason Pollock, then you probably haven't been on Twitter very long. But if you are and do know who he is, then you're probably following him. Why? Not only is Jason a Huffington Post blogger, photography enthusiast, activist and twitter guru but he has also made an extraordinary and poignant film (judging by the trailer) called "The Youngest Candidate" about our younger generation being proactive in government roles, specifically by following the story of 4 teens that ran for public office in America.

The film is produced by David Letterman's production company and by Quentin Tarantino's producer Lawrence Bender. Not only that, but Jason is using an amazingly unique approach to promote the film via the internet. Jason is easily accessible via Twitter and is extremely engaging about his film...please check out the trailer above and his youtube channel, the official #TYC website and follow the Twitter titan to stay up to date with not just his film, but Twitter trends, amazing photography links and good vibes. Can't wait to see the whole film J!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sleepy Boy lost his first tooth


Sleepy Boy, originally uploaded by rasdourian.

The little guy is growing up so fast!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Feeling Violet


Violets, originally uploaded by rasdourian.

Not violence.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Pangea Day 2009


Pangea Day 2008...the day the world came together through film, happened one year ago to this day. I participated in the event by creating and submitting a film that could have a universal commonality through image and sound. I was chosen as part of the online film component and attendend the event which was inspiring. You can check out my pictures here...here's to hoping Pangea Day 2010 is a return to old form and comes back in a big way!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Today I am Zen

And tomorrow I am not

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hospital Records Shout Out


Want to send out a massive thank you to London Elektricity for giving me a shout out today on his podcast. Listen to the shout out here.

The reason being is the video you see above, hopefully the first of many projects I can do for the amazing drum n bass maestros over cross the sea in UK. Hoping to be in attendance for a live Hospital performance at Matter eventually sometime in the near future.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It's Stranger now then it was before


The second film in my death trilogy, an adaptation of one of my favorite books, Albert Camus "L'Etranger". Enjoy and let yourself become detached from reality

Monday, April 20, 2009

NYC RAFFI


NYC RAFFI, originally uploaded by rasdourian.

I'm engraved in this city!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Ai Remix


Here it is...been brewing this one for awhile...the official remix of my award winning short film "Ai" as a drum n bass music video hybrid. Working in conjunction with Hospital Records and Lonodn Elektricty, this is hopefully the first of many projects with the amazing UK label. Trying to do a Stanley video with music by Bop but not just Stanley...hmmm...stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Just another brick in the wall


A Brick Floor, originally uploaded by rasdourian.

Did you see the frightened ones? Did you hear the falling bombs? Did you ever wonder why we had to run for shelter when the promise of a brave new world unfurled beneath a clear blue sky?

Monday, April 6, 2009

Stanley!!!!


Stanley is precious, originally uploaded by rasdourian.

Say hello to my new baby mini-dachshund, Captain Stanley Franklin Picard!!! See all the pics on Flickr.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

It can be lonely in the city


Isolation B, originally uploaded by rasdourian.

That's why there are others to meet.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Happy Birthday to Moi


Watching You, originally uploaded by rasdourian.

I had a great time at my video game birthday party...thanks to all who came! Will have to do another party though soon, cuz we still have a lot of food and beverages...ahhhhh. 27 doesn't feel that old.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Conundrum


Conundrum, originally uploaded by rasdourian.

I always seem to find myself in these...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

D90 is nasty


So I got the Nikon D90 for my birthday and I'm in love. I feel like Captain Picard staring into the viewfinder, ready to launch some photon torpedoes. Check out my day 1 test shots...will try and take more this week.

Friday, February 27, 2009

History Remix


Spiderwebs of History, originally uploaded by rasdourian.

Have you checked out my history remix project on youtube? It was originally conceived as an art installation but due to lack of funds it resides on the interwebs...maybe someday I'll be able to realize it the way it was intended...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Viddler Interview


Big thanks to Colin Devroe for giving me the chance to be interviewed by my favorite video sharing social site Viddler. It was a pleasure and a honor and as a result I've gotten several shouts of praise from the Viddler community. So if you haven't checked out the interview...what are you waiting for???

Thursday, February 19, 2009

100K Views!!!!


For my 80th post, I celebrate the fact the my videos online have received a total of 100K views across all the different sites I am a part of and the most views ever in the past 30 days, 5,593. And while those numbers may seem relatively low compared to any viral video or popular youtube channel, I'm still uber excited about the results...now for my next goal...1 million dollars!! I mean views...ahem.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Death Trilogy


My three short films (Kuragannon, Stranger and Ai) are actually part of a thematic trilogy that comprise the main body of my work as a filmmaker. Though the films have nothing in common story wise, they share imagery, symbolism and an evolution of my thoughts on the concept of Death. I have been working on a detailed analysis of each film and how it correlates to each individual theme per film and I will post that in the near future.

Until then, I present to you the Death Trilogy.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Ai Again

Just cuz the HD quality looks so good when you embed it...if you are watching this on the blog, be sure to change the quality to HQ...if you visit the youtube page, be sure to watch in HD...that is, if your computer can handle youtube HD!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Reflectionz


reflectionz, originally uploaded by rasdourian.

09 is a time for reflection on everything that has ever happened in the world to date...so start thinking bout that!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Ai for All


Ai is now online for public viewing on all my video sharing sites. Please take 13 minutes out of your busy lives to experience my samurai film. Thanks!