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ASCOT SMITH: Artist, Writer, Media Maker thinking about comix, film, digital storytelling, and life in LA (previously Kansas City & Philadelphia.)

MITCH MURDER is KILLER

The video for Interceptor is 8-bit techo-noir insanity. His new album, Interceptor, I currently have on infinite loop. BTW, the track Snow Crash sounds like my memories of the book. 

Recommended tracks: Interceptor, Snow Crash, Thanks for Playing, Stages, and Traces to Nowhere.

— 1 month ago with 4 notes
#mitch murder  #snow crash  #interceptor 

I WANT MY INTERACTIVE TV!

I’m finally documented my recent work, ROBOT TALK SHOW.The prototype showcases the use of augmented reality and television.

Imagine an animated talk show like Space Ghost Coast to Coast where the audience can discover secret material with their mobile devices.

Visit ascotjsmith.com where you can download the app and try it out yourself! (It’s only for android devices, sorry mapple friends).

— 2 months ago
#augmentedreality  #conan o'brien  #terminator  #television  #android  #ar  #artv  #augmented reailty  #augmented reaility tv  #ascotsmith 

DEAR DEAR BOBBY (Bob Hoskins 1942 - 2014)

I’m horribly late, I know. 

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? was the first movie I watched in the theatre. I was terrified the entire time. As a 6 year-old the idea of the cartoon world invading ours was difficult to fathom. Honestly the only scene I can recall from the experience is the moment in which Judge Doom reveals his true face. I ducked under the seat as fast as his eyes turned into jutting knives.

Hoskins like Bugs Bunny, or the multitude of Toons his character reluctantly defends in the film, was an iconic figure that would seem to live forever in the world of popular culture. 

(He was also Mario, a big deal for a video game obsessed 11 year-old. I didn’t care how bad Super Mario Bros was, the film, or Hoskins could do no wrong. I took any hint of the 8-bit mushroom kingdom with unapologetic enthusiasm. (The Bomb-omb wore Reeboks!))

Goodbye Mr. Hoskins.

— 4 months ago
#bob hoskins  #who framed roger rabbit  #long good friday  #super mario bros 
3D Seinfield!
If I was a young aspiring comedy writer who only knew Seinfeld through syndicated TV,  Artist Gregory W. Miller's 3D duplication of Jerry's apartment would have inspired me to write new episodes.
Who knows maybe I’ll spend the Summer pursuing dreams of 90s television on my computer. (New Seasons of Seinfeld coming to your Oculus Rift!) :P
Download here: http://jerrysplacevr.com/

3D Seinfield!

If I was a young aspiring comedy writer who only knew Seinfeld through syndicated TV,  Artist Gregory W. Miller's 3D duplication of Jerry's apartment would have inspired me to write new episodes.

Who knows maybe I’ll spend the Summer pursuing dreams of 90s television on my computer. (New Seasons of Seinfeld coming to your Oculus Rift!) :P

Download here: http://jerrysplacevr.com/

— 7 months ago
#seinfield  #vr  #oculus rift 

SERIOUS MOVIE-TIME!

The Act of Killing was easily the best movie of the year and one the greatest documentaries every made. Its hard not sound hyperbolic when describing The Act of Killing its just that transformative, that awe-inducing. I was lucky enough to view the film at USC with a director Q&A afterwards. If you have seen the movie and are unsettled by the experience and completely unsure how to respond Joshua Oppenheimer the director admitted he felt the same through the entire process.  It’s out on blu-ray and netflix so watch it now.

— 7 months ago with 1 note
#the act of killing  #USC  #joshua oppenheimer 

BODY OF WORK PT 2 (CYBORG)

An end of semester team assignment, CYBORG was an installation-based science-fiction influenced narrative game.

Two Players act as Interns of a futuristic hospital conglomerate who search through the memories of a dying Cyborg in hopes of saving him.

The documentation shows a bossy instructor (played by Martzi Campos - designer & co-creator) explaining the rules and procedures to the players.

The narrative is presented through 20 Memory Cubes (each including an individual prop), corresponding text that is projected after scanning a cube, and an actor who plays the Cyborg.

Enjoy!

— 8 months ago
#USC  #IMDG  #CYBORG  #installation art  #games 

BODY OF WORK PT.1 (CINEMA-AUDIO-SCANNER)

Time to post some evidence of my Grad School progress.

This interactive toy/cinema experiment utilizes Processing (an introductory programing tool) to create audio activated image sequences. Such as blowing on a microphone as a method to investigate Croneberg’s classic head-explosion scene in Scanners. 

Another version includes yelling “Yeee ha!” into a microphone to forward the Nuke Riding scene in Dr. StrangeLove. These early experiments, utilizing cinema and code, do bring to mind the possibility of an interactive karaoke-cinema. Speaking the lines of favorite movies to forward the story. Could this be the beginning of a new participatory cinematic experience?  Coming to your corner neighborhood bar soon. ;)

— 8 months ago with 1 note
#USC  #Processing  #Cronenberg  #Scanners 

Title Test for upcoming game/installation for final semester project at USC - CYBORG!

Gotta get back to work!

— 10 months ago with 1 note
#imdg  #usc  #cyborg 

SUMMER of CHANGE

Sorry Tumblr-ville for the long absence. It’s been an amazing summer for soooo many reasons. Besides the array of amazing artworks this past season (Last of Us, Only God Forgives, New Daft Punk Album!, and too many fantastic cable TV shows to mention*) I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my MFA at USC’s Interactive Media and Games Department. 

Expect some posts from the Exciting Adventures in LALA Land Coming soon!!

*Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Arrested Development, Mad Men, VEEP are a few I couldn’t resist mentioning.

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#summerofchange  #usc  #interactive media 
AMERICA DAY
Grant Snider’s recent comic is a perfect companion for the birthday of the United States. Happy 4th of July!! 
incidentalcomics:

The latest comic in my series “Who Needs Art?” is up on Medium.com. It’s a reflective stroll through a gallery of 20th-century American art, just in time for Independence Day. 

AMERICA DAY

Grant Snider’s recent comic is a perfect companion for the birthday of the United States. Happy 4th of July!! 

incidentalcomics:

The latest comic in my series “Who Needs Art?” is up on Medium.com. It’s a reflective stroll through a gallery of 20th-century American art, just in time for Independence Day. 

— 1 year ago with 60 notes
#4th of july  #grant snider  #american art 

HE’S SOOOO MANSOME!

criterioncollection:

"Directed by HOUSE-mastermind Nobuhiko Obayashi and starring Charles Bronson, this may be the best cologne commercial ever made."

I think I love this even more then Refn’s GUCCI ad. Even with the video’s poor resolution (may the cinema gods bestow the original negatives one day) Obayashi’s super ambitious camera setups BLOW MY MIND.

— 1 year ago with 171 notes
#nobuhiko obayashi  #charles bronson  #Nicolas Winding Refn  #gucci  #mansome