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

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/

— 1 month 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.

— 2 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!

— 3 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. ;)

— 3 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!

— 5 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.

— 7 months 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. 

— 9 months 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.

— 9 months ago with 170 notes
#nobuhiko obayashi  #charles bronson  #Nicolas Winding Refn  #gucci  #mansome 
THE S STANDS FOR SIGH…
Be warned: Man of Steel is an epic and terrifying spectacle without heart or intelligence; it’s a Superman story only Hollywood could tell. The new joyless, super-serious, mayhem filled take on Superman got a strong reaction out of me. It was exciting and even riveting at moments, but by the end of I was really distraught and saddened by the entire experience. Mark Waid calls it Disaster Porn, I have to agree. Go see it, enjoy it, or not. I was just too sad about the whole thing to keep my mouth shut.
Mark Waid’s response: http://thrillbent.com/blog/man-of-steel-since-you-asked/

THE S STANDS FOR SIGH…

Be warned: Man of Steel is an epic and terrifying spectacle without heart or intelligence; it’s a Superman story only Hollywood could tell. The new joyless, super-serious, mayhem filled take on Superman got a strong reaction out of me. It was exciting and even riveting at moments, but by the end of I was really distraught and saddened by the entire experience. Mark Waid calls it Disaster Porn, I have to agree. Go see it, enjoy it, or not. I was just too sad about the whole thing to keep my mouth shut.

Mark Waid’s response: http://thrillbent.com/blog/man-of-steel-since-you-asked/

— 9 months ago with 1 note
#man of steel  #mark waid 
Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world | Video on TED.com →

I love McGonigal’s idea that within video games we are creating the best versions of ourselves - never cynical, never overwhelmed by failure or defeat, always looking for the epic win. Her goal is to harness the ability Gamers excel at - enthusiastic cooperative creative problem solving - and apply it to solving real world challenges such as oil shortages and economical disasters.

It’s exciting stuff. However sometimes I wonder (and especially after watching Feminist Frequency's Damsel in Distress) if the idea that video games provide a sense of empowerment based on team work, creativity, and self-discovery is just baloney.

Escapism may have a dark side, with Gamers often drawn to fulling crude macho power fantasies, but I’m going to believe in McGonigal’s image of video gaming’s hope-filled future. An inevitable future, she argues, that we can win.

— 10 months ago with 2 notes
#video games  #ted talks  #jane mcgonigal  #feminst frequency  #damsel in distress 

PEDRO + CONAN!

I found this OLD SCHOOL PEDRO gem from Late Night back in 94’. Never realized voluptuousness equates optimism. Good to know Pedro.

— 10 months ago with 4 notes
#Pedro Almodovar  #conan o'brien  #late night  #women on the verge of a nervous breakdown