Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Today’s video still after hours of rotoscoping Zombies at The Headlands

Monday, September 1st, 2008

zombies

Misty for Me

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

I watched The Mist a few nights ago on fast forward. Even Marcia Gay Harden’s apocalypse-hungry character could not save this film. SPOILER ALERT: The acting was so poor that at the end when our “hero” shoots four survivors including his own wide-eyed child to spare them from a fate torn apart by massive mist-dwelling CGI-tentacled critters only minutes before tanks pour in to the rescue, his grief is so shallowly performed the viewer can’t possibly care.

Speaking of mist, the California version blotted out the sun, and the entire landscape yesterday (hint: in the white is a beach, a lagoon, and hills):

fog

This non-tentacled critter staggered out, but luckily didn’t see me, probably due to weather:

alan

Ghost Field

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

ghost field

A Still from my new video, working title Ghost Fields, featuring artists in residence and visitors to The Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, California. Still room for more zombies if you are in the area…

No California Dreamin’

Monday, August 4th, 2008

studio Headlands

This is the view from my studio over the foggy hills of The Headlands. I’ve been sleeping inordinate amounts of time here, heavy as a fog, with no dreams.

Wanted: Non-Professional Actors for Ghostly Video Shoot

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

wanted

Participants for a video shoot by Headlands Center for the Arts artist in residence Jillian McDonald. Some will be shot from behind only, therefore your identity may be kept anonymous if requested. Participants can be artists in residence, Headlands staff and interns, or visitors to the Center.

headlands field

Ghost Field is a new video featuring a dry uninhabited field, swept by fog. Throughout the long run time various characters enter the frame like lost zombies or ghosts and stagger off to haunt the living. There is no beginning, no end, and no narrative.

Shooting, including ghostly makeup, will take approximately 2 hours. No acting experience or knowledge of horror films necessary!
Contact: jmcdonald [at] jillianmcdonald [dot] net with any questions.

for examples of previous related work see:
Zombie Loop
Vampire Hunt
Zombies in Condoland
Artist’s website

Wanted: Men for Slasher Cycle Video Shoot

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

wanted

MEN to participate in a video by Headlands Center for the Arts artist in residence Jillian Mcdonald. All men will be masked, therefore your identity may be kept anonymous if requested. Participants can be artists in residence, Headlands staff and interns, or visitors to the Center.

jason

Slasher Cycle stars anti-heroes Michael Myers from Hallowe’en, Freddy Krueger of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th. The slasher is a sub-genre of horror film wherein a psychopathic, often masked, usually male killer stalks and murders many victims using weapons such as kitchen knives or chainsaws. These 4 films in particular had wildly popular runs from the 1970s and 80s through to the present, effectively transforming characters once viewed as frightening monsters into anti-heroes cheered on by audiences. In Slasher Cycle the four famous slashers stalk each other through the rooms of a house. There are no victims, no one is ever caught or killed. The characters are filmed separately, with a steadicam and from various angles.

leatherface

I’m looking for men to play the slashers complete with facial masks and costumes. Makeup and shooting will take approximately 2 hours. No acting experience or knowledge of horror films necessary!
Contact: jmcdonald [at] jillianmcdonald [dot] net with any questions.

freddy

House on the Hill, Slashers, and Tattoos

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

house headlands

New work in progress:
This house, circa 1907 and originally a general’s, is the set for one of my new videos. I’m working out the details so I can shoot it in the coming weeks. Stay tuned: it stars Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, and Jason Voorhees, as themselves. I’m looking for men to play the Slashers (sans any actual slashing), so if you’re in the area let me know.

While researching those slasher stars today I came across this strange phenomenon – tattoos of their visages on the bodies of many, all or mostly men from what I can tell:

Leatherface Tattoos
Freddy Tattoos
Jason Tattoos
Michael Tattoos

Why am I eternally surprised by the devotion of fans?

Location is Everything

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

fog headlands

If I thought Newfoundland was foggy, I should have held my breath until arriving at The Marin Headlands in California. For five weeks I’ll be at The Headlands Center for the Arts, and the landscape already has my jaw dropping. The rock is softer, more crumbly than on the east coast. The Headlands is at a former military camp nestled in National Park hills dotted with crumbling bunkers and sparsely covered in fragrant flora. In less than two days I’ve seen several deer, most of which were within twenty-five feet of me, a bobcat, wild turkeys, small unidentified red birds, and today a grey-blue rotting seal which washed up on the beach when I wasn’t looking – sneaky that Death character. Poison oak is everywhere, which is the only drawback. That and the ghosts. I’ve seen plenty of the former but none of the latter, so far.

ocean headlands

The ocean is close and cold, when you can see it through the wall of fog.

field headlands

I’m probably the only artist in residence who is wishing and hoping, though not yet praying lest the others lynch me, that the fog won’t lift.

Zombies in Condoland in the news!

Friday, July 11th, 2008

zombies in condoland

Zombies in Condoland is mentioned in The Globe and Mail, as a highlight of the upcoming Nuit Blanche Toronto! How’s that for pressure?

More press in The National Post.

And CBC.

Zombies in Condoland

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

zombies in condoland

The website for my upcoming performance in Toronto is officially launched here! You can participate!