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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


This was great and i liked the fuzzy line effect and how he put teh gun in his mouth. Overall this is a great flash deffently worthy of the top 50,


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Neat and kinda disturbing.

The animation was top notch, kudos for that. Although I'm more a fan of clean lines =Þ. The concept of it is kind of neat, but I find it to be a little disturbing though. Really didn't see that one coming. =Þ
Anyhoo, great job!


Rated 5 / 5 stars


That has got too be one of the best animations ive ever seen, its gone straight too my second favourite animation list


Rated 5 / 5 stars


That was awsume..... i dig wierd animations... and that was seriously just..... awsume.... i will hope to see more of those animations from you.. thanks... truly


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Wow. This is one of the best things I've seen all day. I really hope that this isin't blammed because it's really, very, truly great.
Cheerio! :)