Author Archive

Buffalo Blood

Despite the title of this post, no buffaloes will be harmed!

However there will be blood in Buffalo, New York this week as I head north to shoot a new video in residence at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. Red Rum, filmed on location in Buffalo, features local young actors, musicians, and homes.

Stay tuned…

-Jillian

November 30, 2009 at 3:11 am

Stop Motion Editing

In case you thought I had long forgotten about Tempe and the desert, think again! Today I am furiously (actually, rather calmly) editing a stop motion animation shot on location at a private swimming pool, filmed with the help of three fabulous ASU graduate students – Alison Sweet, Cory Weeks, and Julie Ganas, and the uber-talented John Spiak. There are neither zombies nor vampires in this video, and no cacti were harmed.

Production still above.

-Jillian

November 30, 2009 at 2:55 am

Installation – Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

-Jillian

November 23, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Recording Studio

In the second week of November, Adam Murray and I transformed my apartment at ASU into a temporary recording studio.

Mattresses formed a sound booth (above) while the bed held instruments (below). We screamed, hissed, moaned, and played auto harp and guitar here. Plus the aforementioned celery snarfing.

We set up a nice little work station (above) while the rest of the room was a mess (below).

Sometimes we played nice (above), sometimes we argued over my “illegible” notes (below), and sometimes technology was not our friend (way below).

-Jillian

November 23, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Zombies vs Vampires – tonight!

Opening tonight at ASU Art Museum! Join us!
Show runs through January 9th, 2010.

Zombies vs Vampires is a video installation featuring two videos projected on opposite walls where zombies and vampires stage a dramatic Western-style showdown at dawn in the desert, amidst photographic murals that wrap the gallery in local desert imagery: cacti, mountain, rugged terrain, contemporary ghost towns, and graveyards. This work was created with a wonderful cast of locals in Tempe, Arizona, including 50 actors, 4 videographers, 1 photographer, 10 make-up artists, and 1 sound designer.

Very special thanks to Bluemedia for their generous in-kind printing of a 100-foot wide photo mural.

Vampires

Zombies

~photos by Stephen Gittins

-Jillian

November 13, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Cacti, Celery, Oranges, oh my!

DSC_0310

Today I shot a stop motion animation with the help of John Spiak, Alison Sweet, Cory Weeks, and Julie Ganas at a swimming pool in Phoenix. Apparently I was killed by a band of vengeful potted cacti, my body dumped in the ice cold pool.

Luckily I was reincarnated in time to record and edit the audio track for the zombies in Zombies vs Vampires with Adam Murray. It’s 1:30am, we’re still at it.

Below we are recording sounds for zombies munching on limbs (celery and tapioca), and vampires sucking blood (orange). Adam made a temporary sound recording booth in my apartment using the mattress – which is fine since sleep is a distant memory:

DSC_0443

DSC_0445

-Jillian

November 10, 2009 at 8:30 am

Vampires Faceoff

Here is a taste of the vampires spotted last night in the Tempe area – be careful out there, they’re mean!

Vs

-Jillian

November 5, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Zombies Have More Fun


Prom zombie Tara Logsdon leads the zombies in a move from Thriller.


How can you not love them?
-Jillian

November 3, 2009 at 5:18 am

Zombies vs Vampires: BRAVO to Everyone!

The Gathering

_MG_4639

Fun shots of vampires and zombies getting me – staged before heading out for taping in the desert this weekend, photos by Steve Gittins.

Make-up artists, videographers, photographer, and actors were in top form this weekend when we filmed Zombies vs Vampires in Tempe’s Papago Park.

Both shoots went super well – with warm weather, clear skies, an almost full moon, and no police, though a few hiker families watched the zombies in action this evening from the sidelines. One park ranger came by and thought we were a church group (!?) or a band, but he liked it so John Spiak invited him to the Nov 10th opening!

Now the editing begins!

-Jillian

November 2, 2009 at 5:47 am

Don’t Mess with the Monsters

We begin taping Zombies vs Vampires in two days and everyone is honing their skills.
DSC_0439
Ed turns Aron (above – note Ed’s latex mummy mask work in the background) and Angie transforms Fatima (below) into ghouls.
DSC_0440

Zombie Aron:
DSC_0460
Zombie Fatima:
DSC_0441

DSC_0471
Wendy prepares a zombie pyjama (above) as I mold Roxy’s vampire fangs (below).
DSC_0520

DSC_0519
Rehearsing vampires move in for a closer look.

DSC_0484
Vampires (above) and Zombies (below) face off in rehearsal.
DSC_0487

DSC_0608
Another emergency location-scouting trip, as the sweet desert sun slides away.

-Jillian

October 30, 2009 at 5:33 am

Older Posts


December 2021
M T W T F S S
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Follow us on Twitter!

ASU Ceramics Research Center Library