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Directed and edited by Alan Resnick and Ben O'Brien

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ALAN.
RESNICK.

and Ben O'Brien.

Just interviewed Ben O'Brien. He’s a comedian and filmmaker with Wham City Comedy. Ben just got back from touring with electronic musician Dan Deacon. He performs as satirical character “Earth Universe,” a self-proclaimed cult leader. 

I learned some crazy stuff about their work for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, early days with Dan Deacon and their upcoming pilot for Fox. 

Keep an eye here or my Twitter for the full interview.

Fact #1156

Ian Chesterton’s name is actually Asian Francis Chesterton. Barbara likes to call him Ian for short, and the nickname stuck. Similarly, Vicki is named Chadvick Erasmus Pallister, Sara is Sarandon Winifred Kingdom, Polly is Warple Leander Wright, Ben is Arabienne Wetford Jackson, Zoe is Protozoa Xeliar Heriot, Harry is Salazar Dundford Sullivan, Tegan is Teapots Grandgala Jovanka, and Grace is Flagracer Zippiluh Holloway. 

Peri still has the most complicated full name of all the 20th-to-51th-century human companions, she’s Perpugilliam Larericuriblobnishevirladin Christolaplelengobigboobslinfirmin Brown. The fifth.

Oh, and in the new series, Martha is short for Lemmingartsy Christlebristle Jones, and Rory is Coriander Arthur Williams, but they’re not classic so…

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Wye Oak - “The Tower”

[directed by Ben O'Brien]

Illustration is About to Make a Comeback

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I can feel it in my bones. The illustration industry is about to make a huge comeback.

With the incredible amount of content available on the internet people are striving to stand out. Whether you are selling a product, publishing books or magazines, selling your services or just your opinions you need people to pay attention.

You need to be unique.

What better way to stand out from your competitors than by using commissioned illustration? Illustrators create something completely original that says exactly what you need it to say and conveys the exact feelings you want to convey.

Recently I have seen an increase in the number of in-house illustration jobs being advertised (a tiny increase, but still). While the economy is  struggling and budgets are low, illustration is still the best value for those that truly want to stand out and be noticed.

It can be disheartening to open up a magazine to see it filled with photography. If these magazines used more illustration in tandem with the photography both would look more interesting.

I don’t mean this to sound like an advertisement for illustration, though that’s not such a bad thing. I mean it to sound encouraging to my fellow illustrators. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be making more money from my work (wouldn’t we all?), I just have a sense that illustration can’t be as devalued as it’s been forever. The pendulum always swings back in the other direction.

Let’s heed the words of Jessica Hische and Ben O'Brien, take pride in our work and look ahead to another “Golden Age” of illustration.

How can we work to improve the status of illustration?

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WYE OAK
The Tower [Official Video, directed by Ben O'Brien]

[From Wye Oak’s new album Shriek, out 4/29 on Merge]

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg29TuWo0Yo

LIVE FOREVER AS YOU ARE NOW WITH ALAN RESNICK

I MET THE CO-DIRECTORS OF THIS VIDEO, ALAN RESNICK AND BEN O’BRIEN, WHEN I VACATIONED TO LOS ANGELES EARLIER THIS YEAR.  WE WERE ALL STAYING AT THE SAME HOUSE WHILE WE ATTENDED AND PERFORMED AT THE ANNUAL EVERYTHING IS FESTIVAL AT THE CINEFAMILY THEATER.

I REALLY ENJOYED SEEING BOTH OF THEM DO STANDUP SETS AND I WAS PARTICULARLY IMPRESSED WITH ALAN RESNICK’S BOOK $8.95, A HILARIOUS COMPILATION OF COPY&PASTED LIVECHAT LOGS ALAN IMPROVISED DURING INTERACTIONS WITH BANK OF AMERICA CUSTOMER SERVICE.

BUT THIS SHIT IS TRULY ON ANOTHER LEVEL

A COLLABORATION WITH ADULT SWIM, LIVE FOREVER… IS AN INCREDIBLE INFOMERCIAL PARODY THAT COMES WITH AN INTERACTIVE COMPANION WEBSITE: http://video.adultswim.com/promotions/live-forever-as-you-are-now/

BETWEEN THE SHORT FILM, AN INTENSELY TWISTED “PERSONALITY TEST”, A SOUNDTRACK BY DAN DEACON, A PIXELLATED DIGITAL TOUR GUIDE, AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVECHAT WITH ALAN’S “AVATAR”, BEN AND ALAN AND THEIR COLLABORATORS HAVE CREATED A FULLY IMMERSIVE DIGITAL FANTASY THAT IS AS INVITING AS IT IS TERRIFYING

I FEEL PRETTY LUCKY TO HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR THE RELEASE OF THIS UNIQUE EXPERIENCE!!!  I’M FREAKING OUT OVER HERE AND DYING TO SHOW IT TO EVERYONE I KNOW.