Message in the Environment
Art Center College of Design Sinclair Pavilion, 25 ft x 2.5 ft
Typographic installation consisting of approximately 3,600 toy soldiers, each an inch and a half tall. “YOU GO GIRL” was chosen because from afar, the quote seems trite - something thrown around daily, casually said at a softball game or to calm someone’s nerves right before a big event. But if the viewer is curious enough to walk up the hill and take a closer look, they will discover that each letterform is constructed of a team of army women, each individually spray painted hot pink and strategically laid out on the landscape.
The installation required maintaining mental strength, endurance, patience, and dedication to do whatever it took to make a valued statement seen. It manifested in myself exactly what I intended to portray to the public about strong, independent women. Society often sees women being physically built to not as strong as men. But strength is a measure of not only physical but also emotional power, and women throughout history have excelled in both categories.
In 1994, the Ground Combat Exclusion policy officially banned women from serving in combat, but the issue remained a back and forth controversy over the years.
Coincidentally, the installation relevantly took place around the same time Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta removed the military’s ban on women serving in combat, recognizing that women are just as, if not more, adept in strength and power to fight for their country.
Stay tuned for a time lapse video coming up in the next few weeks!
On the Fence
Term 05 Spring 2013
Check this out, you won’t regret it!
By my amazing friend, Kimi Juds!
Self Portrait | 20 Years Old
A Piece by Kimi Juds | vimeo.com/kimijuds
Shot on location in Little Rock, California | Special Thanks for Julian Juarez
CDC Smoking PSA
You Can Quit. For Free Help, Visit: cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips
A PSA by Kimi Juds // vimeo.com/kimijuds
Featuring: Alisa Harada, Florine Nuesch, Paul Melio, Nicole Abbott & Keaton Manning
Music: Wash - Bon Iver // boniver.org
Canon Rebel T3i
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Canon 18-55mm f/3.5
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
Edited On: Final Cut Pro
Art Center College of Design
Class: Cinematography 2 - To create a short that incorporates objects in the way.
Snippets of Wally Watkins is a story about life; it’s mysteries, it’s justifications, and it’s challenges. But ultimately, it becomes a story about the creation of life itself.
Our protagonist, Wally Watkins, is like many of us, lost in this web we call life, uncertain about his purpose and role in this vast world. A world full of danger and villainy; the villainy of a Mysterious Man who lurks in the shadows cast by Wally.
And yet, underneath all of this, Wally must come to terms with his pregnant girlfriend, Emma, as the responsibility of parenthood manifests.
Storytelling is the most important factor of a film. It’s always about the story and as a filmmaker, telling a good story is clutch. But the methods of telling stories have become outdated. If storytelling is so vital, why do we still rely on old habits and conventions, relying on “what works”, instead of growing and adapting, inventing new practices rather than surrendering to tradition.
As a filmmaker, I’ve committed myself to attempt and to experiment. WithSnippets of Wally Watkins, I’m trying to bring a new way of storytelling to the table. I believe strongly in the idea of a film as a whole, only then is it art. Just as a painting is not always clear at first glance, it’s still capable of making you feel. I really hope my film can do just that, produce an emotional experience that is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking.
Producer, Filippo Nesci, and I have been working intensively on making this project worth-while, making sure it reaches it full potential. With his help, we’ve been able to take such an intricate screenplay translate smoothly and fluently, letting the film flourish beautifully on screen.
I’ve been blessed with an amazing fan-base that has supported my work for the past year and a half. They made it possible for my first music video, Two Door Cinema Club’s Eat That Up, It’s Good For You, to obtain the amount of attention it did, pushing it to the viral plateau. And again, for my music video for Cults’ You Know What I Mean, helping it get into this year’s SXSWCompetition. I am forever grateful to you all, I cannot express this enough.
We need everyone’s help this time around to get this film made. It pains me to ask for so much but we really need it. We need to raise enough to cover all of these expenses:
But it would be nice to eat every now and then :)
Again, I can’t express enough how much I appreciate everyone’s help. Together, we can start a new wave of non-conventional storytelling and filmmaking. It’s now or never. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now, let’s make a movie!