How will I cultivate my online “Samson Seligson”?

What did I find:

When I searched myself on Google, I knew immediately that all of the links would be of me. I mean think about it, how many people have the name Samson Seligson?

The top 5 links that came up were my LinkedIn profile, my sound cloud profile,
my “Halloween-DS106” project, my “electro-acoustic collage” project, and my Twitter profile. After that were two After Effects projects from YouTube, my Facebook profile, and my personal website- samsonsays.net

What will I do:

This search made me realize first, if someone were to look me up they would think that I’m more of a sound person, which I’m not. Granted that the Halloween project is meant to advertise my voice acting skills, but the title doesn’t show that.

I was happy to see that my LinkedIn came up first and that I have kept it up to date.

Something that bothered me was the fact that my website came up at the bottom of the page. I realize that one major reason is that my name Samson Seligson doesn’t actually show up together anywhere on the site. I will need to change that. Furthermore, if HR sees my website and clicks on it, its just not updated and I don’t post much of my work, forget that there is a process to the work. So what I want to do with my website is to update it with projects and attempt to post any day that I do work and explain what I’m doing even if it’s a paragraph or a sentence.

Making projects is key to keeping me out there and fresh. If I find that I “don’t have anything to do” I can always make something for my final project. My final project was outlined here by Larissa several weeks back.
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Internships right up my alley

I think most who work in film have a larger than life dream to be the director of a feature film. I am one of them. However, that is an extremely lofty goal, and don’t exactly plan a career around lofty goals. So I need a more likely option. Something that is not for the few and far between, something that i enjoy, something that presents the world of video magic.

I want to do special effects. I want to create images that were never really there. Motion Graphics, 3D modeling, the works…

So I went on a search for Internships right up my alley and found these three:

Designomotion
New York City
917.532.0738
http://designomotion.com

Designomotion makes all sorts of graphic and live action videos. Their work ranges from animations to commercials and many things in between. They deal with startups to Fortune 500 companies. They do show promos, infographic commercials,  post-production, and all sorts of other services for their clients. Their videos can be found on their web page (above).
Since there is a whole range of videos that they create, therefore they have a full compliment of jobs necessary to create these videos. They have jobs for graphic designers, motion graphic designers, live-action film crew, the works.

They advertise on their contact site that they are interested in after Effects animators, illustrators, DP’s, or interns.

category- internship opportunities

 

Buck
31 Howard Street 3rd Floor New York, NY 10013
Anne Skopas, Executive Producer (NYC): 212-668-0111
http://www.buck.tv

Buck values itself on its integration with the professionals and their interns in the work environment to create masterful visual works for the screen. They believe in a workplace where everyone works together for a common purpose and the same eye level.

what many of the pieces that really caught my eye were highly animated advertisements for other clients. Their entire library can be found here. This one was more of a large scale but basic after effects project “Tell your own story” http://www.buck.tv/work/tell-your-own-story/ while a second one “Color your travels” was an open advertisement which seemed to me that they were using sophisticated programming http://www.buck.tv/work/color-travels/

Buck works on many short pieces for their clients. So many of them are only 30 seconds. Unlike the previous example, this company has a path that is directed considerably more toward animation rather than standard live action film production.

 

Brainstorm-Digital
100 Water Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
646.330.5245
http://www.brainstorm-digital.com/indexHome.htm

Brtainstorm-Digital has worked with big name clients such as the HBO, Disney, Universal, to name a few. They are all about creating masterful computer generated images and special effects for films and TV shows. So in many of the shows you watch and in many of the films you went to the theater to see, brainstorm digital was the company that made you think what you were seeing was real… oooooohhhh….

Their main jobs are special effects and graphic designers. They are generally a post-production team that works on the shots that were already captured for a given show or film and touched up with added computer generated stuff.
And that’s exactly what i wanna do in an internship and beyond.. ond..ond…ond!

And an added thought about schools:

I have been thinking about going to graduate school, and found several great programs, but i feel that i would do better going to a technical school and learning how to be a master at the craft i wish to do.

Larissa’s Final Project- “Life after Death: The Timothy Wright Story”

Larissa wants to make a Documentary about a gospel family and how they and their church struggled after the death of a mom, dad, and grandson.

Timothy Wright, a gospel singer and pastor, who began in Brooklyn and went on to be a nationally recognized star, was driving From Detroit with his wife and grandson Daniel. A drunk driver hit them and all three died.

After Timothy, the grandmother, and Daniel’s death the family begins to fall apart. Timothy’s daughter-in-law Laurie divorces Derek her husband-timothy’s son. Due to the divorce she lost everything.

Derek has five brothers who were a major part in their fathers church at the time.  After the death of their father Derek becomes the new pastor.

Today, about 4 years later, Laurie lives in Long island city. For many years She couldn’t talk about it and chose not to talk about it to most people. Now she is accepts it and is willing to speak to Larissa about it. Laurie also has a second son who bothers her because he travels a lot.

Larissa wants to make this point: How Laurie’s life, the Wright family, and the church in Brooklyn changed due to the death of Daniel, timothy, and his wife. She also wants to show Laurie’s fight against drunk driving.

Assets Larissa may need:

  1. Photos of the church, family, and possibly the accident.
  2. Articles about the church and the crash from that time.
  3. Interviews of the people involved (see below).
  4. The gravesite in Chicago.
  5. Research: what happened to the drunk driver
  6. How is the church doing? Find people in the church to ask
  7. How a victim of drunk driving deals with trauma.

Interviews: Laurie, Derek (pastor of timothy’s former church Brooklyn), Derek’s brothers, old church members, Laurie’s son.

Interviewing options: talking head, Skype screen record.

Faux Magazine Cover Before and After

This Sunday is the Jewish holiday of Purim. It is celebrated in thanksgiving to God for saving the Jews from the evil plot of Viceroy Haman under king Ahashverosh (Xerxes I)  of the Ancient Persian Empire (as recorded in the book of Esther).
The jewish people commemorate the fact that the evil plan was foiled and flipped by doing the same. We do things in a flipped manner and in a more jovial way.

Below is My little showing of Pre-purim spirit by turning my sister into a celebrity. This is a before and after of the picture i took of her and what she looked like after photoshop.

My sister before and after photoshop

My sister before and after photoshop

Favorite Flavor: Editor of Reality.

          In the last week I posted thrice (three times).  The first two were mashups (“The Wimp” and SciFi Rabbi) and the third was a thematic montage (Bar Mitzvah). Together I believe it says something what mode of artistry i employ, but separately each of these show different visions i have when i make art.

The first two are seemingly similar in that they are both changes in reality. In reality, I am not an aspiring sportsman, and I would like to say that I’m not a wimp (although I’m sure some would argue). In reality, those men are just rabbis and they don’t live on a starship or even have a TV show about living on a starship. I enjoy a bit of living in the clouds. I enjoy creating a world that can not be accessed by the senses, but in ones mind- and then making a bit of that world real. This would also include, but not limit to: Special effects in movies as well.

The third project tells a little bit more about that same artistic style. it seems to me that taking elements of different stories and telling a new story with video is almost the same as taking elements of reality and/or fiction and putting them together in a photo.

Together they tell a simple fact. I enjoy editing stuff and I’m not the greatest writer. It doesn’t matter if its video or photos. My brain doesn’t pulsate with new genius ideas every couple minutes, but when they do I write them down and try to find a place to use them. (But when they do, they drink dos equis… lol there goes that crazy brain of mine.)

I know there is much more to learn about different editing software and as i learn more techniques my work will be better. it’s kinda like a basketball player working on his dribbling or a hockey player on his stickhandling.

Time is everything, And there’s just enough of it. Do work. Practice makes perfect (or just better.)

Bar Mitzvah Montage

I was recently asked to make an intro video for a meeting by an organization called Jewish Futures. I received a list of random clips from movies and TV shows that had the bar mitzvah theme and was asked to put it together – sensibly.

You’ll recognize some actors like Key & Peele and Ben Stiller.

The hardest part was deciding where to start. What clip should go where? Do i mash it up? Do i try to tell a story? So many things were running though my head.

Eventually, i began to see how different clips could connect and how i can make them tell a story. This is my first draft:

Bar Mitzvah Version 1

(I can’t link the embed the video because it’s currently unlisted because i’m working on it for a third party)


SciFi Rabbi

Yesterday I saw the weekly email from my highschool. In it was a short article telling parents and alumni about a monthly project which the Assistant Principle assigns to test the student body’s creativity. “…the Contest of the Month allows each student to shine in their own way through expressing their individual creativity… This month’s contest, entitled “Create Something Magical,” which revolves around creating something artistic surrounding Science-Fiction/Fantasy…”

So, I decided to take the challenge. Ofcourse being the Star Trek nerd, I decided to take an awesome picture that i had in my photo archives of 4 of my rabbis and give it a Star trek look- This is what happened.

The Original (which had been photoshopped years ago)

The Original (which had been photoshopped years ago)

The unfinished product

The unfinished product

 

SciFi Rabbi - Final

SciFi Rabbi – Final