3: "Freakquency"

As Gil Scott-Heron famously said, "the revolution will not be televised".  And it won't...as long as you're not watching television when it happens.  Television is a key control mechanism for the cultural dominators.  They utilize an age old advertising technique called "effective frequency".  That means, if you see and hear something enough times you'll believe it to be the truth.  So this state of redundancy led me to make "Freakquency".  What we're given is what we believe and what we believe is what we're given.  And it keeps cycling...etcetera...etcetera...ad nauseum.  It's enough to give your anxiety a giant steroid boost.

Psychonaut and social critic Terence McKenna said, "The cost of sanity in this society is a certain level of alienation."  In a nutshell: "walk away".  That doesn't mean you should pretend the dangers aren't real.  It's just that if you don't claim your own identity, your own self worth, you'll be stuck letting culture (and the news) decide that for you.

It's hard to say things like this without being called a kook, a hippie, or some other marginalizing term.  But the bottom line is that you're going to miss out on your own personal revolution if your letting culture shape who you are instead you being the one to shape yourself.

"The revolution will be no re-run, brothers.  The revolution will be live!"

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I really wanted that wet, fleshy surface of the sclera for the eyeballs seen in the film.  For this, I used some eggs, a knitting needle and some foam core.  I hard-boiled the eggs, made a stand with the foam core and knitting needle, and impaled the egg to the top of the needle.  This acted as a fulcrum for me to turn the egg side to side, up and down and do some basic stop motion animation for the eyeball.

The long lens turned out to be best for this and I had some backup eggs on deck:

I found a macro shot of a human iris and pupil and added some of my own highlights to it.  I needed it to be a dead center shot so I could animate the pupil dilating and contracting:

The magic happened when the eyeballs were multiplied and configured in different arrangements.  I'm really happy with how unsettling the results were:

Here is the succession of layers I used to make the mesmerizing spiral in the television:

"You will not be able to stay home, brother

You will not be able to plug in, turn on and drop out

You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip

Skip out for a beer during commercials

Because the revolution will not be televised."


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