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Transcendence

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In this contemporary culture, the meaning and method of tradition is always in flux. As humans, we continuously strive to achieve a level of understanding of something bigger than ourselves. For some, this is religion, by definition: (A particular system of faith and worship). For some, it’s a scientific understanding of the world around us. I find transcendence in music, whether it be listening, playing instruments, or connecting with fellow fans of music. I want to dissect the parts and methods of music and religion and find similarities in their ability to transcend people.      

48hr Shootout MILK PRODUCTIONS

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My name is Leander Edmiston, I am a sophomore strategic communication major, with a minor in film. Throughout the last year I’ve found a real passion in storytelling, typically through film. I have been lucky enough to find a great crew of undergraduate students who share my passion. These people include: Daniel Manion, Eric Bishop, Cody Zumbro, Jordan Allen, Aaron Intrater, Jack Hughes, Caroline Bresnahan and Ryan Scott. All of these people make up MILK PRODUCTIONS. Each of us enjoy participating in competitions, such as Ohio University’s annual 48 Hour Shootout. Due to unforeseen complications my team and I were in need of a camera, lenses and sound equipment. At 5 pm on a Friday the shootout assigns each group a genre, prop and line of dialogue they must use in the film. Each group has 48 hours to write, film and edit their movie. It is a rush, full of quick thinking, on the...

To Define One’s Self in Five Images

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For this piece I was faced with the challenge of capturing my being in five photographs. It has been said that “a picture is worth 1,000 words”, but I have yet to meet a person that can be defined in 5,000. The multilayered quality of humanity is infinitely complex and indescribable. So I created a collage with the five photographs. The different aspects of self interact with each other to further evoke the layers of person that each of us hold within us. Placing, spacing, scale and color come together to create a single image of self. Whatever that may be. I created this piece in late January of 2015 in my studio at Ohio University.      

Soldiering Shadows

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Oral history is a powerful tool in documenting not only historical events, but also in preserving personal stories for future generations. My research explores the idea of “soldier” with an oral history technique, in an effort to inform, inspire and empower others. My early research showed that the average American strongly associates the word “soldier” with an individual enlisted in the military, which is consistent with the most common dictionary definition of the word. However, this project is not one that will focus on the military soldier; it’s the everyday soldier I am interested in. So, at this point in my research, I have begun to define exactly what a soldier is to me through written exercises and spoken word. Through different combinations of audio files using the aforementioned documentation, I believe I have achieved a quite impactful auditory message regarding the true...

Black Peter — Reexamining Santa Claus

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Black Peter is a video that presents a disturbing view of Santa Claus. The world is unlocked to this sinister man when we find ourselves stuck in a roundabout listening to Christmas music on repeat. The piece employed video from multiple camera sources to illicit different responses to the visuals presented. Enjoy!    

The Myth of Stardaddy Dixie

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Stardaddy Dixie is a musical persona pursued separately by two experimental rock musicians from cities hundreds of miles a part. My thesis film builds a narrative around the lives of these two individuals and brings them clashing together for a performance of a lifetime. The pseudo documentary collects footage of their lives and other performances to be woven into the story. Here, we decorated a space at a house show in Athens and brought lights and cameras to catch the unexpected. <a href=”http://humanconduct.bandcamp.com/album/stardaddy-dixie-tennessee”>Stardaddy Dixie – Tennessee by Human Conduct...

Never Again, Every Year

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Intention shapes human perception of actions. A simple gesture can become a powerful movement when it is executed with mindfulness. Dance movement devoid of intention and internal motivation quickly becomes calisthenics, slipping from the realm of art into what would be more appropriately defined as aerobics or virtuosic athletic activity. In my piece Never Again, Every Year, I investigated the possibility that the reverse of this dialogue could also be true: that utilitarian movement could be made into art through focused attention. The piece used light, shadow, fabric, and a unique movement vocabulary to examine the potential of the human conscience to transform banal, task-like movements into an emotionally resonant performative experience. I collaborated with composer D. Turner Matthews to create a multi-sensory audience experience. “Never Again, Every Year” was a 20...

Benjamin Has a Brilliant Idea

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As part of second year MFA film production requirements I wrote and created a 12 minute short film titled “Benjamin Has a Brilliant Idea”. It is an attempt to combine noir, kid’s film and mildly ironic melodrama genres in a novel manner. Using various genre tropes and clichés, including hard-boiled voice over and black and white rotoscoping, I attempted to create a world with consistent rules that would otherwise not scan. All while remaining gently tongue in cheek.      

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