1. Well, here it is, my finished thesis!

    At SVA, everyone graduating has to complete a thesis. As Computer Art majors, we started the process at the beginning of our junior year.

    From the beginning, I knew I wanted to have my thesis about dreams and lucid dreaming. (The subject has always fascinated me. My AP Art portfolio in high school was also about dreams!) Coming up with a story, however, was hard. I wanted to make it about my own dreams, so it started out as someone just traveling through all these random dreams. After coming up with concept art and storyboarding it all out, I realized that it was just too long and confusing.

    So, I picked out one of my favorite dreams, where I'm flying, and transform into a hawk. It needed some sort of storyline, so I incorporated another dream where I "wake up" and fly out my bedroom window.

    The rest of junior year was spent tweaking storyboards and making production schedules. At this point, I knew that I wanted to use the Waking Life rotoscope technique. Every second, every frame, would be that much more work. The deadline of April 2009 was always looming.

    The summer of 2008 was spent filming. Starting out, I was using a Sony HDR-HC7. Great camera, until there was a problem with the tape drive! (Luckily it was under warranty, so it got sent off to be repaired.) However, I still had most of my filming to do, so I was able to get ahold of a Sony HDR-HC9... even better! I used an Ewa-Marine underwater housing (Really, it just looked like a big ziplock bag! But it kept my camera dry, and that's all that matters!) for all the "flying" sequences.

    Senior year, Fall 2008. Thesis work really begins. I worked with my thesis advisor to really tighten my cut, trimming out any unnecessary frames. Then, every frame was hand drawn in Photoshop. This part took the longest, about five months. Then color was added in After Effects. Aaaand... here it is!

    The title comes from reading the book "Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming" by Stephen LaBerge. In it, he uses the word oneironaut to mean "explorer of the dream world." I scanned in that page, and you can see it in the background in the very beginning, if you look closely!

    The music used is "Escape into the Twilight" by Skrypnyk. You can download it for free from Overclocked Remix!
    http://www.ocremix.org/remix/OCR01734/

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  2. 7 minutes of underwater Galapagos shot September 2008 with Sony EX1 and custom made housing. It's just a short video inspired by Hans Zimmer's music.

    Watch the 2010 clip with even more action:
    vimeo.com/17051816

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  3. This is a short clip inspired by Hans Zimmer's music from "The Thin Red Line". My tribute to great composer and beauty of nature.

    Antarctica was the last, 7th continent I visited and dove. Kind of a last stop on a journey called "Earth". But in fact the journey never ends...

    All shots were made with Sony EX1 camera.

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    I am visiting my sister and her husband in Tucson, Arizona. I will be working on a job later this week, but in the meantime, I am running around the desert shooting the crazy stuff that grows here. We do not have spiky cactus in New England!

    I am using the Sony PMW-EX1 with the Letus Extreme. I have my trusty Vinten Vision 3 lightweight carbon fiber tripod and my bag of Nikon Nikkor manual lenses.

    I checked out the Catalina Highway where the Saguaro cactus grow up to thirty feet high! They reach toward the sun and this time of year, the sun is very comfortable and the temperatures are very mild. The wind was very strong and I had trouble using my telephoto lenses because of shake and wobble. I recorded some sound of the natural windy environment and incorporated it into the film.

    I almost stepped on a rattle snake while carrying my kit and found that wondering around the desert underbrush in shorts is not a great idea.

    I wish I had my mountain bike out here, there is fast single track everywhere.

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  5. This music video for the Philly based pop-dance band Sweatheart, stars Andrew Jeffrey Wright as a dedicated high school teacher trying to teach his students about finger banging. "Remember, God only gave some of us wangs, but he gave all of us fingers."

    video. 4:30. 2006
    check out more Sweatheart:
    http://www.sweatheartsweat.com

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