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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


good game i like it...
nice graphics!

Sorro for my bad inglish!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Pure Genious

Greatest creation ever!!!!!!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

the secrect of art revealed

that was totaly unsuspected and funny. only if painthing your self is that quick but then agin so is your life. do another crazy flash, it was realy short too.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

WHOA what?!

Like wow. i didnt expect that when i opened it. awesome animation best ive seen in a while, but get help lol


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Profound, and moving

My congratulations to you, you've managed to make a succinct and yet powerful piece on what is a very touchy subject for a lot of people.

As artists, to restrict our work to what is considered "politically correct" and "safe" subject matter would not only be like cutting the right arm off of our creativity, were it personified, but would also force the stagnation and eventual destruction of art as a whole.

I applaud your work, good sir.

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