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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!!!

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, 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 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).

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 :-)



Rated 5 / 5 stars

That was hilarious

the graphics were fantastic. and when he falls down, awter shooting himself i was on the floor laughing


Rated 4 / 5 stars

:D Amazing...

Graphics...yeh alittle wobberly but still clear and effective. Clever link to the names as well.
Dont think its suposed to have that effect...but I cant help but smile when I see it again and again. Great work


Rated 2 / 5 stars

good flash kinda dark though

hey man no offense i mean it was extremely good work and all but i rated it low cuz im not into all that dark shit
good work tho


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Exeptionally good, very creative and imagenative

I loved this flash so much, even my family and friends thought it was awsome. My mom is always into the artsy thing,lol, and she said it was really good. It sort of has a bit of irony in it, if you compare the brief intro for it than actually watching it. It has that sertant thing about it that "alot" of people cant really put out into words nor pictures..but you've seemed to have handled it quite well. Again, very nice job, and the way i make flash videos and stories are "very" similar to your ways. Sometimes useing dreams or merely imagenation.


Rated 5 / 5 stars


That is wicked i have nothing else to say exept great submission :D i loved it