January 3rd, 2010

Zombie Sock Monkey

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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!

January 1st, 2010

RedRum coming soon…

RedRum Jillian Mcdonald

These are stills from my video, RedRum, currently in post-production. It will premiere at Hallwalls in Buffalo, opening Jan 15th!

RedRum Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum Jillian Mcdonald

December 15th, 2009

Ghostly in Buffalo

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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…

November 30th, 2009

Landscaping

The desert, the rocky coast, the snowy tundra… you can take a girl off the prairie but you can’t take the barren landscape / big sky appeal away from the girl.

-Jillian

November 30th, 2009

Stop Motioning

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

November 29th, 2009

Buffalo Blood

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

November 23rd, 2009

Alone Together in the Dark, Installation

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

November 23rd, 2009

Recording in Arizona

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

November 13th, 2009

Zombies vs Vampires!

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

November 10th, 2009

Cacti, Oranges, and Celery, oh my!

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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