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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 2.5 / 5 stars

wtf? That was wierd

wtf was that all about, the 2 second flash on sum1 killin themselves. that picture that was made wuldnt even luk like dat it'd just be blood splatterd and a bullet hole in da middle.


Rated 2.5 / 5 stars


Well.... Looks like someone forgot to take their happy pill today.... I'm not quite sure what to think about this... the whole blowin yer brains out part... not original... but on a canvas... original... and pretty interesting... a little morbid... what was the motivation to do this though?? The flash was too short and a little pointless... I mean... there has to be a reason... not just cuz blowin yer brains out is 'cool'... or you wanna shock people... there is no shockin people... we've seen it all... and for those who haven't... go rent some 'Faces of Death'... that'll clear things up for ya.... I give ya props for the canvas idea... that was good... but next time... give the story some plot... maybe something with a twist... so ya never see it coming... or maybe come up with a new way to kill yourself... like ODing on Flinstone Vitamins or something.... just a few ideas... overall... you get a 5.... 4 points for animation... 1 point for idea...come back with a flash that lasts longer than 30 seconds and has a storyline...


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 2 / 5 stars

Um... no

That was not righteous

The graphics were good
The animation great
The sounds odd
The violence well..... really violent

Too odd with no real purpose... fail


Rated 2 / 5 stars


that was really stupid