A short speculative fiction that investigates the domestication of Virtual Reality as a self-prescriptive measurement taken to disrupt and subvert an individual's own visual, auditory, and kinesthetic senses for personal and psychological fulfillment. In this scenario, a narrative unfolds around a masochist who repurposes this psychotechnic advancement to embrace his most ritualistic instinct, self-preservation, through immersion-based exposure to his most dormant fear: isolation.
Recently, "vision-correcting" screens have emerged from development at the MIT Media Lab. Though there seem to be many immediate benefits of their implementation, do there exist any immediate repercussions? Could this technological achievement be repurposed towards developing "vision-defecting" glasses? If so, how might we control them? This project delivers a speculative promotional video that demonstrates the finished "control" and a filmic timelapse of the rapid prototyping component of my process.
To use the control, an individual must simply position the device so that it faces the object (or person) on which he wants to focus, then tap-and-drag down the main panel on the back of the device. When the user drags his thumb downwards, away from the target, the device will immediately "pull the object into focus” by gently blurring out his immediate surroundings. As a consequence, all audio emerging from any objects (or people) not "in focus" in the nearby vicinity will be muffled, to better aid the individual focus. When done "focusing", the user can simply slide his thumb back up the panel, and the device’s blur and muffle capabilities will be released. In addition, below is a working timelapse of a rapidprototyping session in which materiality was explored to expedite ideation through iteration.
A recent selfdirected creative sprint wherein I challenged myself to stay creatively agile through a series of violent graphic-filmic design experiments. During this period, I allowed myself time to seek inspiration for, change direction of, make-meaning around and publish various self-conceptualised exercises that critically explore tone, narrative and imagery. In doing so, I have created new making-based rituals that have helped both depict my aesthetic taste and represent my technical capabilities as a graphic-filmic designer.
This particular selection represents three of the filmic shorts that resulted from the sprint.
the RITUAL (story-in-use) is a narrative exercise that attempts to critically vignette our relationship to "things" from our own troubled pasts: people have the capacity to traumatize children, can things do the same?
the BREAKDOWN (present-at-hand) is a narrative exercise that captures the moment concept of letting your creativity become entangled by your resources: when might you become aware of these constraints?
FRUSTRATION vibes (three-point lighting) is a technical exercise in lighting and editing, namely the use of three-point lighting, of cinematic standards, to highlight a subject and the use of fast-cutting to convey both tone and mood.
What is education? Where can it be experienced? How might we live more fulfilled lives as students? In my senior year, I sought to engage an entire undergraduate community in a broader public discussion, centered around these themes, drawing from both individual and shared student experiences. Aiming to inspire personal reflection, encourage community conversation, as well as shift the mindset-posture of incoming, current and graduating classes, I created a digital callto-action: the development and distribution of an anonymous short film that released to viral acclaim, garnering 10,000 views in 10 days from and within the student, faculty and alumni networks of my own institution, Carnegie Mellon University.
The short film was later chosen as the Undergraduate Orientation video and made an official selection of the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival.
In 2014, a single physical copy of the film was produced and placed, upon invitation, within the Carnegie Mellon Student Body timecapsule for having effectively captured the spirit of the campus, since the inauguration of the university's new President.
Note: due to the anonymous nature of the project, specifics regarding creative process, research and distribution strategy have not been made public, but are available upon request.
As a freelance graphic-filmic designer, I worked alongside Kai Roberts, a City of Pittsburgh musician, to create a promotional short for his most recent creative endeavor: a kickstarter that aims to transform his latest hip-hop album release, Carnegie Cafe, into a community-facing visual narrative that promotes mental health awareness. As such, the first half of the project works to build a documentary narrative around his past whilst the second half resonates as a more traditional crowdfunding promotion.
As a freelance graphic-filmic designer, I worked with student representative from a local organization, YALA: Young African Leaders Association, to produce a short promotional piece for an upcoming community-centered celebration, Danasa. The film employs fastcutting and studio videography to stir campus excitement, capture the spirit of the event and promote the organization's heritage.