1. Lead by Example by joshua murdock

    Alright… here it is. I put this together in about 5 days. It’s an assignment for my class where we’re given a theme and have to make a “PSA Commercial” about it. 

    I gave as much credit to the music as possible so hopefully I don’t get in to trouble too soon for using these songs without permission…

    Some Thoughts About the Process:

       -I could have cut the scenes to the music a lot smoother in the beginning, but once I realized it, I was over halfway finished…

       -You’ll notice it flows better towards the end (as I begin to figure things out a little too late)

       -the dialogue flows to scene’s pretty accordingly

       -I enjoy the synchronized “STOMP” with the snare in the song (listen for it, its obvious!)

       -the random eye of me is out of place and the marching is relatively boring…

       -it’s major cheese & I make it sound like my dad died (he didn’t, he’s just a rad dude)

       -The way it cuts to black with the music, gives it certain power, which I absolutely love & ran with from the hop, kind of like the space of silence in music

       -I would have made this “commercial” way shorter if they didn’t want a 5 to 10 minute one, best I could stretch it out to, with limited time, was over 3 minutes

    I’m my own toughest critique, if I could restart this, I’d give myself another week to really smooth it out. Oh well, it’s due in 2 days. 

    Enjoy!

     


  2. Update on Life: School is almost done!

    I’ve been in a police studies program for basically the whole year and it’s nearing the end! So hopefully I can catch up on some of my old interests… like this site. Photography. Art. Whatever and just enjoy the free time for a bit. 

    My plans for the next year are totally up in the air, but I, at least, have plans… I might be a personal trainer. I might not work. I might travel. I might fish. I might be a police officer. I might do all of it, there’s no limits!

    For now I’m solely focused on finishing strong and keeping an eye on what the future has in store. On that note: Stay positive and work hard!

     

  3. Whistler, Summer 2013

    I took this around this time last year and wondered why I didn’t post it earlier… I guess cause it’s a little conceited. But posting it now is more like bringing back good memories instead of self interest, so there ya go!

     

  4. Policing from the Public Eye by Josh Murdock

    I recently did a few interviews for one my classes. I thought I’d share more of my work in general on here considering I haven’t been doing much with the site/content lately!

    This was good practice on my part of capturing the subject in a comfortable environment & editing. They really get into some of the questions even though they were relatively simple and short. What do you think about the idea of community policing & how it can improve? 

     

  5. toronto streets by joshua murdock

     

  6. toronto 2014 by joshua murdock

    Well I’m back. It’s been too long and I haven’t done enough with this site yet, sorry b.

    Here’s some pics from Toronto when I went to visit my brother!

    (Source: eightgiants.com)

     

  7. summer 2013 by joshua murdock

    soon.

     


  8. Experiencing Art: What Music has Taught Me

    The other day I was tweeting (weak shit right?) about how I would listen to a whole album for a few weeks. And how I would take the time to appreciate the whole concept/story the artist put together for that album.  About having an experience with the artist, and not just another catchy tune to enjoy for 3 minutes and forget.

    I’m sick of hearing about him lately, however I listed Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy as one of my favourites. He ran a specific sound to each track, used consistent artwork throughout the album cover and made a short film to accompany the album as well.  He even dressed a certain way (suits, lots of sharp suits from casual to formal) to pertain to the level of luxury and sophistication he put into the album.

    Childish Gambino is on the brink of doing the same with his next album, “Because the Internet.”  He’s already made a short film, which has ties to his upcoming album.  He’s taken on this melancholy attitude to pertain to his music, he doesn’t really care about what people think as long as he’s making a good experience to music and not just good music.  His album cover imitates the gif cover on the internet and said to include a script to the album as well.  He’s creating an experience for the observer/listener, not just another song for the radio. 

    I sound like I’m giving these guys praises. But it’s their idea of creating the ultimate personal experience that I really love.  I can associate my own ‘era’ to a certain album, or associate a good or a bad time to a certain song as well.  We all see big ‘artists’ do this all the time with albums, but you never get that same feeling when you know it’s been manufactured.  I chose those two examples because they seemed to have a lot of personal convictions drawn into them (at the time).  Something people can relate to whether it’d be the song, the clothing, the short film or the artwork.  Something that will reach a thousand different people with the same message, whatever their intended message is.

    It’s something I aspire to do with artistic visions as well. I can’t just take a picture and put up “a few good photos.” I have the need to develop a small/big concept or tie to it as well.  Which is why most of my work is in big chunks of travelling in China, or BC, or fishing on the lake.  I feel the need to create a running experience for a few weeks at a time.  Lately, I’ve been lacking concepts and ideas because I’m back at school.  So be patient with me, we’ll be back on track soon enough!

    What art (in the most general sense, music/photography/film/painting/architecture/design) has taken you through an experience?

     

  9. self portrait by joshua murdock

    I set up these Christmas lights in my dorm and I was real curious about the lighting with the camera and these were a few of the results.

     

  10. Halloween 2013 by joshua murdock

    Well friends, here’s a few out-of-focus ones from before Halloween!