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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 4 / 5 stars

Very..artistic.....i guess.

Not completely sure what to think on this one. Maybe a more artistic person would understand it, but i know i don't. Pretty neat way to make a self portrait though,..yet, a kinda twisted way. Anyways, you still get a 4 outta 5.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very nice

I like the style of your animation. The contours were very expressionate, and the animation was smooth and very lifelike. A very strong piece.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Ummmm, ya, a little wierd..............

I'm really not sure of the message here or what exactly your trying to convey, but I guess in a sick way I sorta, kinda liked it though at the same time I really didn't. I have some mixed feelings on this one. I like your style though.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

not bad

but being a assistant coroner for a few months lets me know how bad gunshots to the head are to fix so u can be open casket. hell some timess people screw it up and are sitting there dying for a few hours and other times they just bow of their jaw and have to wear a veil on their face so they dont scare people.
but if ur going to commit suicide kids make sure u do it in a way that saves ur body so u can be burried open casket. i dont feel like putting ur skull back together for a day just for you be open casket


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


Not a bad flash, little out there, but not bad. I think hugs are needed. Keep up the good work and keep those things out of your mouth. I heard they can give one hell of a headache. Nice job. Later~ T