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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

A brilliant piece of art!

I have to agree with "HardcorePwnage"'s review. Seriously people, this is not just a flash, this is a bloody (no pun intended) piece of art! This is a man who has basically taken flash animation instead of just making a painting of an artist with a gun in his mouth and going "Well, this picture is about the pain of the modern office worker, who tries so hard to achieve perfection he ends up destroying himself"

Open your minds.

As for people going "eeeew, this is sick, ohmigoshbbq" could I suggest you go to the fluffy-bunnies website instead of a site dedicated to artists showing off their work?

As for the actual piece of work, the style was very original, and I'm still impressed that this was a flash that tried to make you think.

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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


It was so depressing, so simple, and so brutal. It was really beautiful, but in a tragic sick way. I'm wondering if you were depressed when you made this? You're very lucky people love it, it's either a REALLY love it or REALLY hate it situation and as you can tell, most people love it. It was really sad, and is now in my top favorite list.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

very unique and creative

well from watching this i woudl say the animation is great but to great at that, I'd have to say you cheated in a way. I'd lay down some money saying that you use a video camera and traced it. just sketching over the video of you holding a gun and putting it in you mouth then you falling over. although its not really cheating its kinda of a style. I havnt ever tryed it but i've been thinking about trying it some time.
OVER ALL - Nicely Done