Archive for the ‘Horror’ Category

Zombie Writers

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

dawn of dreadfuls

During my sabbatical I am taking a creative writing class. Oh yes, I’ve been moving the brain in new and mysterious ways, highly recommended. I may one day need to write a play about philosophical zombies and sock puppet identities, for example. Perhaps it will be a musical, featuring bands of ukeleles. I am stockpiling skills.

Friend and gallery owner Michael Rosenthal recently sent me a story by Donald Barthelme (1981) titled Zombies. It brings to mind the lesser but greatly hyped Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

And speaking of that marketing success, Dawn of The Dreadfuls, the prequel to Pride and… is coming hot on its heels next month, following the “post-script prequel” trend haunting all manner of horror lately. The cover for Dawn… is above.

So long Buffalo, and thanks for all the blood

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

RedRum, Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum, Jillian Mcdonald

RedRum, my show at Hallwalls is up and running now through late February. It features a new video, also titled RedRum that features young ghosts and houses that drip with blood.

Dear Buffalo,
Thanks to Hallwalls for everything and curator John Massier for the fabulous production assistance; the students at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts and Jam Vafai for being my crew and actors; Joan Linder and Paul Vanouse, Julian and Colette Montague, Sandy Ludwig and Mark Kerwood, and Dennis Maher for lending their homes; The Buffalo Soundpainting Ensemble for creating uber-creepy sounds and introducing me to the ocean harp; Gerry Mead and Cori Wolff for lending paintings from their collections; and Debbie and Gary Hill for hosting me. Buffalo, I miss you already!
~love, Jillian

Zombie Sock Monkey

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

sock monkey

Although there are many zombie sock monkeys out in the world, my dear dear friend Kelty in Vancouver sent me this prize specimen for Xmas – how could anyone not love that precious face, at least from a safe distance? Thanks Kelty!

Ghostly in Buffalo

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

buffalo jillian mcdonald

I’ve been filming a new video in Buffalo, New York called Red Rum. It features a group of teenagers and me, as ghostly apparitions, in Victorian homes. And a decent amount of fake blood. Stay tuned.

…production still, above…

Stop Motioning

Monday, November 30th, 2009

In case you thought I had long forgotten about Tempe and the desert, think again! Today I am furiously (actually, rather calmly) editing a stop motion animation shot on location at a private swimming pool, filmed with the help of three fabulous ASU graduate students – Alison Sweet, Cory Weeks, and Julie Ganas, and the uber-talented John Spiak. There are neither zombies nor vampires in this video, and no cacti were harmed.

Production still above.

-Jillian

Buffalo Blood

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Despite the title, no buffaloes will be harmed!

However there will be blood in Buffalo, New York this week as I head north to shoot a new video in residence at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. Red Rum, filmed on location in Buffalo, features local young actors, musicians, and homes.

Stay tuned…

-Jillian

Alone Together in the Dark, Installation

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

-Jillian

Recording in Arizona

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

In the second week of November, Adam Murray and I transformed my apartment at ASU into a temporary recording studio.

Mattresses formed a sound booth (above) while the bed held instruments (below). We screamed, hissed, moaned, and played auto harp and guitar here. Plus the aforementioned celery snarfing.

We set up a nice little work station (above) while the rest of the room was a mess (below).

Sometimes we played nice (above), sometimes we argued over my “illegible” notes (below), and sometimes technology was not our friend (way below).

-Jillian

Zombies vs Vampires!

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Opening tonight at ASU Art Museum.

Zombies vs Vampires is a video installation featuring two videos projected on opposite walls where zombies and vampires stage a dramatic Western-style showdown at dawn in the desert, amidst photographic murals that wrap the gallery in local desert imagery: cacti, mountain, rugged terrain, contemporary ghost towns, and graveyards. This work was created with a wonderful cast of locals in Tempe, Arizona, including 50 actors, 4 videographers, 1 photographer, 10 make-up artists, and 1 sound designer.

Very special thanks to Bluemedia for their generous in-kind printing of a 100-foot wide photo mural.

Vampires

Zombies

~photos by Stephen Gittins

Cacti, Oranges, and Celery, oh my!

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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Today I shot a stop motion animation with the help of John Spiak, Alison Sweet, Cory Weeks, and Julie Ganas at a swimming pool in Phoenix. Apparently I was killed by a band of vengeful potted cacti, my body dumped in the ice cold pool.

Luckily I was reincarnated in time to record and edit the audio track for the zombies in Zombies vs Vampires with Adam Murray. It’s 1:30am, we’re still at it.

Below we are recording sounds for zombies munching on limbs (celery and tapioca), and vampires sucking blood (orange). Adam made a temporary sound recording booth in my apartment using the mattress – which is fine since sleep is a distant memory:

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-Jillian