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Nov 11, 2005 | 9:42 AM EST

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EDIT (11/17/2005): HOLY @#$%! Thanks for the FRONT PAGE!!!
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Yes, it really is a Self-Portrait of me, Joshua J. Morgan.
And NO, I am NOT contemplating or condoning suicide.

I originally conceived Self-Portrait as a 15 second short during the Fall 2002 (my first quarter as a Grad student at UCLA), but I decided to make a different 15 second film. I returned to the idea, however, when I wanted to make an intro for my website, joshuajmorgan.com. After teaching myself Flash, the film was completed in the Spring 2004, and it went on to win a "Spotlight Award" the following year.

I recently rediscovered NewGrounds.com and I'm so glad I finally decided to submit Self-Portrait because it's fascinating to see how polarized people's reactions are. I never intended it to be funny so I'm still surprised that some people find it humorous (it's always gotten a big laugh at all the festivals it's screened in).

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Joshua J. Morgan received his BA in Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and is currently working towards his MFA at the UCLA Animation Workshop, where he has been able to pass off his obsession for Japanese Anime as "research." Though many of his animations feature firearms, Josh is hardly a "gun nut." In fact, he has a strong phobia of guns, which was triggered by being held up at gunpoint in two separate armed robberies. Those life-threatening experiences also gave him a profound appreciation for living and so Josh has no intentions of actually performing the suicidal act depicted in his animated Self-Portrait. Seriously, his family and friends can all stop worrying... Josh really is happy :-)

joshuajmorgan.com

Reviews


sepiroth-bladesepiroth-blade

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 17, 2005

whahaha

lol so happy josh has no problems well thats kinda happy , that comment cracked me up ,the movie was good , a new style of animation ,weird sounds , and not just random violence , but art violence whahah i hope i didn't spoil anything there . So an animator whithlove for anime hmm i try to animate i love anime whahaha only im no gun nut , im a katana fan , dont worry everybody i'm happy hehe weird to say but that kinda reassured me , that you were not going crazy like that guy who makes salad fingers , hes going coocoo right nowww soo basicly nice movie hilaious text keep em coming !
5/5



notoriousnotorious

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 15, 2005

nice and artistic

really good idea and animation.



MiloMightyMiloMighty

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 15, 2005

Sorta Scary.

Hmm..Deffently Different. Kinda makes my skin crawl, but in a good, freaky weird way. Hope to see more.



base05base05

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 15, 2005

wow

that was amazing! it took a while to load but it was insperational, fantastic! make some more fucked up shit like this i had an idea of a little boy dropping his lollypop because he got hit by a lorry or truck or whatever! try that! it would be great!



morphine-lxmorphine-lx

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars November 12, 2005

...Odd

This submission was... intending the wrong idea - entirely.
Even though i know the author comment is not by Joshua himself - it could be his therapist or friends? But honestly - this Flash has is concerning.

The flash itself is very wellmade but the idea is just - hidden and concealed. Odd but good flash nonetheless.