Making Movies

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of acting in a movie.

The Instagrim Generation

For several years, the Outcasts team has entered the 48 Hours film-making competition. I joined the team and at 7 pm on Friday, we were given our genre (Generation Gap) and elements that needed to be included in the movie (wind, overhead shot, double-take, and audible laughter). We then brainstormed the plot, wrote the script, gathered costumes and props, scouted the locations, set up lights and cameras, filmed. scored, edited with titles and special video effects and delivered the finished movie with 2 minutes to spare on Sunday evening.

The film made it through to the regional finals in Wellington and was nominated for Best Use Of Required Elements – Overhead Shot and Best Original Score/Song.

The whole experience was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about making movies. While those, who were more skilled than I, were finishing the movie, I made a behind the scenes short movie. It contains several in-jokes and almost all of the elements of the competition entry.

Behind the Scenes

Director’s cut

The Instagrim Generation Director’s Cut: The Reapers

Director, Derrick Sims, released a director’s cut of the movie as The Reapers and added it to the Internet Movie Database.

Derrick has directed and appeared in other short films and so I now have a loose connection the Kevin Bacon.

My current Bacon Number is 4!

Theo Heartist was in
The Reapers
with
Derrick Sims
who was in
Making the Film: Come Morning
with
Michael Ray Davis
who was in
Endure
with
Tom Arnold
who was in
We Married Margo
with
Kevin Bacon

Non-flat earth (unpainted)

There are some conspiracy theories floating around suggesting that the Earth is flat. I have traveled around the world and observed that it is in fact round. Well, roundish.

Hindu mythology has the earth supported by elephants or a tortoise/turtle or both or a snake. North America has a legend of a ‘Great Turtle’, which upholds the Earth.

Combining the facts with the legends, I have created this model of the Earth.

Front, non-flat earth (unpainted)
Front, non-flat earth (unpainted), mixed media
Back, non-flat earth (unpainted)
Back, non-flat earth (unpainted), mixed media
Face, non-flat earth (unpainted)
Face, non-flat earth (unpainted), mixed media
Back detail, non-flat earth (unpainted)
Back detail, non-flat earth (unpainted), mixed media

The book of Job in the Bible says the Earth is suspended over nothing.

He spreads out the northern skies over empty space;
    he suspends the earth over nothing.

Job 26:7. NIV

While this lines up with the science, getting my globe to suspend itself over nothing is rather challenging.

I’m currently reading a book called The World is Flat.

Rosist #4

Rosist #4
Rosist #4, Fineliner pen on paper

A few years ago I wrote this poem, to try to give other colors of roses a chance. Each Valentines Day I have produced a new variation of it.

Not all roses are red,
I prefer them blue.
Flowers discriminated
by colorism too?

Happy Valentines Day!

Flight to Egypt

I looked out the window and there were three types of light sources of increasing power. On the ground below were man-made city lights. On the horizon were flashes of lightning from a tropical storm. And above a myriad of stars.

Flight to Egypt #1
Flight to Egypt #1, White and Silver Pens
Flight to Egypt #2
Flight to Egypt #2, Oil Pastel
Flight to Egypt #3
Flight to Egypt #3, Colored pencils
Flight to Egypt #4
Flight to Egypt #4, Fineliner Pen
Flight to Egypt #5
Flight to Egypt #5, Gouache
Flight to Egypt #6
Flight to Egypt #6, Torn and Etched Aluminum Foil
Flight to Egypt #7
Flight to Egypt #7, Florescent Sharpie
Flight to Egypt #8
Flight to Egypt #8, Emirates Colour Pencil
Flight to Egypt #9
Flight to Egypt #9, Pointillism, White Pen
Flight to Egypt #10
Flight to Egypt #10, Graphite (4B) Pencil
Flight to Egypt #11
Flight to Egypt #11, Spray Paint
Flight to Egypt #12
Flight to Egypt #12, Spray Paint Stencil Print
Flight to Egypt #13
Flight to Egypt #13, Cut Paper Inverse (Stencil)
Flight to Egypt #14
Flight to Egypt #14, Cut Paper
Flight to Egypt #15
Flight to Egypt #15, Glitter
Flight to Egypt #16
Flight to Egypt #16, Torn Masking Tape
Flight to Egypt #17
Flight to Egypt #17, Acrylic Paint
Flight to Egypt #18
Flight to Egypt #18, Wax Crayon
Flight to Egypt #19
Flight to Egypt #19, Horizontal Lines, Yellow Colored Pencil
Flight to Egypt #20
Flight to Egypt #20, IKEA Pencil
Flight to Egypt #21
Flight to Egypt #21, White Colored Pencil

Psst wanna buy a poster of a poster of a poster of my art?

How deep will this go?

As predicted twice, the recursion continues deeper. The scammy website is now “selling” pirated posters of a screenshot of a pirated poster of a screenshot of a pirated poster of my work.

Psst wanna buy a poster #5
Psst wanna buy a poster #5, a screenshot of stolen art, digital image

Buy a genuine Theo Heartist print

If you do want to buy a print of my art, check out genuine items I have for sale on Society6Redbubble, or ArtPal.

If you are procrastinating an art purchase, then buy my e-book How to Profit from Procrastination e-book on iBooks and get future editions for free.

Psst wanna buy a poster of some posters

As I predicted almost three months ago, a scammy website that is “selling” pirated posters of my work would have a recursive poster of my pirated posters for sale on their site.

Psst wanna buy a poster #3
Psst wanna buy a poster #3, a screenshot of stolen art, digital image

Now, the 11th item on the scammer’s list of Theo Heartist posters is “Psst wanna buy a #1 | Theo Heartist”. In future, I expect the above screenshot to appear as another recursive poster of posters for sale.   

The scammers capture images from websites and their goal is to phish photographers and artists when they try to take down their copyrighted images. They still have the same number of “happy buyers”, but look how nice this poster of posters of my art will look above your orange sofa.

Psst wanna buy a poster #4
Psst wanna buy a poster #4, a screenshot of stolen art, digital image

Please don’t buy from these scammers. I won’t reveal the name or address of the scam website because I doubt that they would actually send you a real poster.

Buy a genuine Theo Heartist print

If you do want to buy a print of my art, check out genuine items I have for sale on Society6Redbubble, or ArtPal

Locked in Love

I took this photo at the Citadella in Budapest last week. It has beautiful views of the Danube and the city.

Like on the bridges in Paris, Budapest and other romantic cities, lovers have their names written on a lock, fasten the lock to the structure and throw away the key to symbolize their everlasting love for each other.

Notice how many of these locks are hanging off another. Why would you lock yourselves to another couple’s relationship?

Locked in Love
Locked in Love, digital photograph

Nearby was a lock engraved with Joanne and David. Close to that was another lock with a later date engraved with David and someone else. For Joanne’s sake, I hope it is not the same David.

Are your relationships locked onto something solid?

 

Taking The Mickey

Theo does quite a bit of “Taking The Mickey” in his art. 

Here he takes the mickey out of Andy Warhol’s, 1981, Quadrant Mickey Mouse/Myths.

Taking The Mickey
Taking The Mickey, Digital image

The Collins English Dictionary has these definitions:

The Urban Dictionary has this definition:

Taking the mickey

Joking, doing something without intent.

Making fun of someone or something.

A less offensive way of saying taking the piss.

Happy National Procrastination Week

 

Tomorrow
Tomorrow, digital image

Tomorrow is only a day away. Tomorrow might be a bit too close and this song may be too optimistic for some procrastinators but it may have potential as a procrastination anthem.

What do you think? Leave a comment sometime.

 

Procrastination Die 2018

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A while ago I created a social media procrastination die (single dice) for times when you need to decide which social media platform to procrastinate on.

I have updated it for 2018 with the current top 6 social media platforms according to DreamGrow.

The 2018 die features logos for:

  • Facebook (~2.10B monthly users)
  • YouTube (~1.50B monthly users)
  • Instagram (~800M monthly users)
  • Twitter (~330M monthly users)
  • Reddit (~250M monthly users)
  • Pinterest (~200M monthly users)

Tumblr and Google+ on my original procrastination die have been replaced by Instagram and Reddit. I am on Instagram but I am procrastinating on joining Reddit.

Using an online tool to randomly go to a social media website could save you time, but remember, procrastination is not about saving time. Make your procrastination more effective with this manual tool. First, step away from the computer, then roll the die several times, then type in the address of the social media website (not provided so you get an extra procrastination step to find them). In every part of the process, there is abundant opportunity for you to get distracted and procrastinate further.