NEWS

SEPT–OCT 2015

PROFESSIONAL LEAVE BEGINS

Last year, I wrote a proposal and was awarded a year-long professional leave to work on a web documentary for 2015-16. It is a perfect combination of my creative and scholarly interests, including video, photography, interactivity, web design, and travel.I can't wait to get on the road!


AUG–SEPT 2015

SUMMER DESIGN ABROAD

I developed and promoted a Study Abroad course with the assistance of faculty member, Brittany Schade. We went to Germany and Switzerland for 19 days during August and September. Students had the opportunity to learn about Bauhaus, International Swiss Style, and the Gutenberg Press firsthand. They also had the chance to gain international design perspective by visiting contemporary design firms and visiting historical cultural institutions. We had an amazing time. Check out the finished website here. Summer Design Abroad


JULY 2015

SCI-FI POSTER SHOW

I also recently decided to participate in a group show called “Close Encounters” that will be at Make.Shift Art Space for two months this summer. Make.Shift partnered with Pickford Film Center & invited artists and designers to create movie posters for their favorite sci-fi movies. It is a perfect gallery show for designers who love movies! I did one poster for the film “The Last Starfighter" and it sold!


JULY 2015

ADOBE DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Student, Zach Becker, was awarded Adobe Design Achievement Awards Semi-finalist for a project from my Digital Media Design II course under the category Web and App Design.WWF Reality


JUNE 2015

SYNCHRONY IN FILM FESTIVAL COLLECTIVE

My short film “Synchrony” from the previous year was invited to screen in the Film Festival Collective during this year’s Atlanta Film Festival. My film played in the Xfinity lounge in their primary theatre, where they played the Festival Collective films throughout the week. It also aired several times during June to Comcast users across 13 states. It was featured along with other short films and quality content from a variety of film festivals across the Eastern half of the US on Xfinity On Demand.


MAY 2015

CONFERENCE MOTION GRAPHICS

Keeping fresh with my motion graphic design work, I animated a short opening sequence for an annual Labtech Software Partner Conference called “Automation Nation” in Orlando, FL.


MAR 2015

EVERYTHING WENT DOWN DISTRIBUTION

The feature film “Everything Went Down” that I co-produced from the previous year had its year of final distribution. After it did well on the festival circuit, we were able to get it distributed on Hulu, Amazon Instant, VHX, and IndieReign.


FEB 2015

WEIDEN+KENNEDY

For the Winter quarter, I arranged for Jason Sack, UX Lead at Weiden+Kennedy in Portland, to lead the BFA Workshop. He decided on having the students design a product for the often overlooked elderly care market. The students products ranged from helping with diabetes, Alzheimer's, dehydration, nutrition, and healthcare. We then took a trip to Portland where the students presented their projects at Weiden+Kennedy. In addition to a visit to W+K, I also set up a tour and Q+A session at a local environmental design firm called SET Creative.


JAN 2015

FACULTY SHOW

I am participating in the Art and Design Faculty Show. I decided to redo all of the illustration work I had previously done for the Conversations with Kathleen Turner book that was written by my brother, Dustin Morrow. The illustration work was initially done in the computer, but in reflection and based on current trends in book illustration, I decided to redo each one by hand with pen and ink. I think it more strongly reflects the content in the book and has a more original look-and-feel. I printed each one and presented them in a grid in the Faculty Show. The book now has an agent and is about to be shopped around publishers.


DEC 2014

MAKE.SHIFT PROMO VIDEO

For the BFA Video Workshop in the Fall, I found a local director in town that worked for Hand Crank Films named Caleb Young. I also then located the client, Make.Shift Art Space, for which the students made a promotional video. I promoted and arranged the final screening of the film at Make.Shift at the end of the quarter, in addition to creating a behind-the-scenes video of the two shoot days. Here is the final video by the students. Make.Shift Art Space


DEC 2014

SHOOT FROM THE HIP EXHIBITION

I have a solo show at Lettered Streets Coffeehouse. It is entitled “Shoot From the Hip” and consists of original illustrations/gauche paintings of toy plastic cameras and photographs from these cameras. There were approximately 14 works that I hung and framed myself. The show is a reflection of my fascination with lomography cameras and double exposure photography. I appreciate the beauty of the cameras themselves and the unexpected results that analog photography provides.


JULY 2014

CUMULUS MUSIC VIDEO

WORK-IN-PROGRESS. Currently working on an animated music video for Cumulus. I have loved their music for years and am excited to visually interpret one of their songs!


JUNE 2014

ADOBE DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Student, Shayne Smith, was awarded Adobe Design Achievement Awards Semi-finalist for two different projects from Digital Media Design II under the category Web and App Design. ASOS Studio AppandPotion


MAY 2014

DESIGN DAYS

Assisted with Design Days by connecting Design Department to the community. Arranged free screening for students of Pablo: The Movie at the Pickford Film Center. Also arranged for the Junior BFA Type II class to display posters at the local design shop, Ideal.


2013-14

EVERYTHING WENT DOWN (feature film, co-producer and graphic designer)

Film Festivals: (all juried unless indicated with an asterisk *)
Canada International Film Festival, 2014, Vancouver, Canada
Black Earth Film Festival, 2014, Galesburg, IL
Big Muddy Film Festival, 2014, Carbondale, IL
Green Bay Film Festival, 2014, Green Bay, WI
The Fleur Cinema, 2013, Des Moines, IA *
Eugene International Film Festival, 2013, Eugene, WA
Western Washington University, 2013, Bellingham, WA *
TED Talks: TedX Bellingham, 2013, Bellingham, WA
Asheville Cinema Festival, 2013, Asheville, NC
Oregon Independent Film Festival, 2013, Portland and Eugene, OR
Gig Harbor Film Festival, 2013, Gig Harbor, WA
Astoria International Film Festival, 2013, Astoria, OR
Temple University School of Media and Communication, 2013, Philadelphia, PA
Naperville Independent Film Festival, 2013, Naperville, IL
Stony Brook Film Festival, 2013, Stony Brook, NY
Asheville Cinema Society, 2013, Asheville, NC
SENE Film, Music, and Arts Festival, Providence, RI *

Awards:
Best of the Festival, Black Earth Film Festival, Galesburg, IL, 2014
The Royal Reel Award, Canada International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada, 2014
Best Screenplay (nomination), Green Bay Film Festival, Green Bay, WI, 2014
Best Feature Film, Astoria International Film Festival, Astoria, OR, 2013
Best Dramatic Film, Oregon Independent Film Festival, Portland/Eugene, OR, 2013
Best Score, Oregon Independent Film Festival, Portland/Eugene, OR, 2013
Best Feature Film and Best Score, SENE Film, Music, and Arts Festival, Providence, RI, 2013


MAR 2014

ANIMATION FOR VARVID

Working with local production house,VarvidI contributed 2D animation and graphic design to promotional videos for clients, eMazzanti Technologies and SNC Squared Technology Group.


JAN 2014

DESIGN PRINCIPLES & PRACTICES INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

I presented a paper entitled, “To Teach Code or Not to Teach Code?” This paper was aimed at a target audience of design educators about the balance of teaching code and design simultaneously.


SEPT 2013

KATHLEEN TURNER BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS

I am currently working on finishing up illustration work for the book, "Conversations with Kathleen Turner: Acting for the Stage and Screen."


AUG 2013

UFVA CONFERENCE

Presenting, "Intersection of Design and Technology in the Classroom" on the panel, "The Art Of Teaching Code (Or Not) To Media Artists"


COLUMBIA GORGE INTL. FILM FESTIVAL

My short film, Synchrony, screened at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival in Vancouver, WA.


JULY 2013

ADOBE DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

- Students, Al Gandy and Adrien Lee, became semi-finalists in the "Editing and Post Production" category of this year's Adobe Design Achievement Awards with Carver of the Past.

-Al Gandy was also a semi-finalist in the "Information Design" category with 15 Below: Operation Rainfall.


STONY BROOK FILM FESTIVAL

The feature film I produced with my brother, Dustin Morrow, Everything Went Down, screened at Stony Brook Film Festival, in Long Island.


JUNE 2013

SAN ANTONIO FILM FESTIVAL

My latest short film, Synchrony screened at San Antonio Film Festival.


MAY 2013

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

I am excited to announce that my film, Synchrony, was accepted into the highly-acclaimed Seattle International Film Festival, and played before the feature film, A Shape of Error. Attending the month-long festival was an unforgettable experience.


SEATTLE TRUE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

My film, Synchrony, was also graciously accepted into the beloved Seattle True Independent Film Festival.


APR 2013

ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL

My short experimental film, Synchrony, was accepted into the highly-acclaimed, Atlanta Film Festival! It was one of the few short films invited to play during the Sound & Vision night at The Goat Art Farm in Atlanta, GA. The event draws a crowd of 1200 people. I really wish I could have gone!


CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL

My film, Synchrony, was accepted into Crossroads Film Festival in Jackson, MS.


SENE FILM, MUSIC, & ARTS FESTIVAL

The feature film I produced with my brother, Dustin Morrow, Everything Went Down, won Best Dramatic Film and Best Score after being accepted into the SENE Film, Music, & Arts Festival in Providence, RI.


MAR 2013

DC INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

My film, Synchrony, was accepted into its first film festival, DC Independent Film Festival in Washington DC.


MAKE.SHIFT ART SPACE

Joined the Board of Directors for Make.Shift Art Space, a local Bellingham non-profit music and art venue. I am excited to participate!


FEB 2013

PRODUCING FOR TV AND NEW MEDIA

My new co-authored book "Producing for TV and New Media" was published and can be purchased onAmazon.com


AUG 2012

UFVA CONFERENCE

Screening latest film, "Synchrony" and reviewing Jennifer Hardacker's recent film, "The Road Led Here."

Exhibiting New Media installation, "Travel, Vanish" and reviewing Ellen Wetmore's video installation, "Pacing."

Presenting, "Fragmented Structures: From Film and TV to Art and Design" in the panel, "Roles in Production - Historical and New."


JULY 2012

ADAA STUDENT AWARDS, SEMI-FINALISTS

Alan Hussey/Peter Jahn/Tae-Un Kim/ "Traverse" Mobile Design

Matthew Mehi/Catherine Dimalla/Jackson Willits/ "Semblance" Mobile Design

Max Morin/Tracy Nguyen/Austin Jansen/ "Texa Hold'em" Mobile Design

Matt Flores/ "Ventur" Mobile Design

Evan Deininger/ "Chop" Mobile Design



JUNE 2012

SUMMER PROJECTS

Finishing cover design, new content, and interviews for the third edition of the textbook, "Producing for TV and New Media."

Finishing latest experimental video, "Synchrony," in time for UFVA Conference peer review.

Writing presentation, "Fragmented Structures: From Film and TV to Art and Design" for UFVA Conference.

Submitting experimental film, "Transient," to film festivals worldwide.


MAY 2012

DESIGN DAYS

The Design Department in conjunction with the Industrial Design program celebrates design for the week of May 14th to May 17th with student presentations ranging from print production to interactive design. Students also organized exhibits and events all week ranging from screenprinting to an alphabet letterform study. The week culminates with keynote speaker, Doug Powell, AIGA President.


NOV 2011

MUSIC/VIDEO EXHIBITION

Rustique Studios, Seattle. Exhibited short film, "Neighbours," during music performances.


AUG 2011

UFVA CONFERENCE

Screening "Transient" and reviewing experimental filmmaker Cade Bursell's latest, "Where are you Mission Blue." Also attending panels and workshops about "The Future of Media Education."


JULY 2011

ADOBE DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Student, Shannon Ragan, becomes a semi-finalist in the Film and Video category of this year's Adobe Design Achievement Awards.

SUMMER PROJECTS

Using a summer research grant through WWU to begin work on co-authoring the latest edition of "Producing for TV and New Media."

Developing title sequence, poster, and website for feature film, "Everything Went Down", of which I am co-producer.

Creating visual effects for a new music video for singer-songwriter, Kate Tucker.


JUNE 2011

DESIGN DEPARTMENT NEW WEBSITE

With the help of my mentorship, students, Jessica Lohman and Cassy Meyers finished the new and improved Design Department's website. www.wwu.edu/design


MAY 2011

WOMANMADE GALLERY

"Transient" showing in "Abstracts" exhibition in WomanMade Gallery in Chicago until June 30th.


APRIL 2011

SUNSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL

"Ten Seconds" is now showing at St. Petersburg, FL film festival.

SAN FRANCISCO INTL WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL

"Ten Seconds" is showing at this year's San Francisco's International Women's Film Festival


MAR 2011

QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

"Ten Seconds" is premiering in Queens, NY.


JAN 2011

WESTERN GALLERY

"Travel, Vanish" is on exhibition at the Faculty Show in Western Gallery until March.


DEC 2010

"TRAVEL, VANISH

I spent my winter break working on this video installation for the upcoming Faculty Show at Western Gallery and have plans to submit it to other exhibitions in the future."

In this video, popular busy landmarks versus possibly more 'local' environments are compared and juxtaposed throughout several spaces in London. Each pair of environments is within approximately a few blocks distance. One can try and make this distinction between travel and tourism by observing these locations. Which destination allows a person to have a 'true' experience and gain 'full' perspective?

While addressing this inquiry, this video frees the viewer from the limitations of the standard viewfinder, allowing them to experience the surrounding spaces in full 360-degree entirety by stitched together separate frame areas.

The viewer is also liberated from experiencing a standard passage of time, the video fragments time across several minutes so one can see how the space is used over a prolonged period. Watch the passing of large masses of people and cars, as one blends into the next becoming almost faceless, and observe the quieter moments of individuals ghostly appearing and disappearing in and out of frame.


AUG 2010

EVERYTHING WENT DOWN

Just wrapped production on Dustin Morrow's feature film, Everything Went Down.

"This film stars singer-songwriter, Kate Tucker, and Vancouver theatre artist, Noah Drew. Everything Went Down follows a young college professor who has become a shell of a person following the death two years earlier of his wife. Crippled by a numbing grief, he's shut himself off from the world emotionally. In the same small Pacific Northwest city, a young singer-songwriter is starting to lose faith in the struggle to make a name for herself as a musician. Bogged down by the pressures of turning her art into commerce, she has begun to lose sight of why she wanted to make music in the first place.

Unfolding over the space of a couple weeks, the film chronicles the budding friendship between the professor and the singer, as the energy and beauty of her music begins to bring him back to life, and the value of her music to this man reawakens her to the true merit of music as an art. "

ADOBE DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Six of my senior new media students at Western Washington University are semi-finalists in the prestigious Adobe Design Achievement Awards for browser-based design, mobile design, and application design.

UNTITLED (London/Tokyo)

Continuing post-production on an experimental narrative video that follows a man and a woman as lonely tourists in two very distant foriegn countries. Even though the locations greatly differ, many experiential similarities are discovered and a mysterious unknown connection exists between these lonely travelers.


JULY 2010

TEN SECONDS

Finished an experimental video entitled Ten Seconds. For one week, eight people around the country took videos at the same designated times; the videos were edited and organized, discovering similarities in people's mundane lives. The sound was manipulated to draw attention to a particular area of the screen over another. The visual structure of the multiple screens enhances the viewer's experience beyond the mundaniety of the familiar content and creates relationships between the people and time zones.


JUNE 2010

LADYFEST | BELLINGHAM, WA

New experimental video, Transient, premiered at Ladyfest, in Bellingham, WA. "Ladyfest is a community-based, not-for-profit global music and arts festival for female artists that features bands, musical groups, performance artists, authors, spoken word and visual artists, and workshops; it is organized by volunteers.

TRANSIENT

Completed experimental video, Transient. This video is a culmination of collecting footage from airports and flights for about 3 years. For frequent flyers, the process of going to an airport can be very routine and waking up in a new place can be disorienting. Through sound and split-screen this video presents air travel in a complex non-linear fashion.


FEB 2010

DESIGN PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES CONFERENCE | CHICAGO, IL

Presented a paper entitled Motion, Space, and Time in Design. In my presentation, I showed a brief history of the representation of time in the visual arts and design, examples of my own and other contemporaries' experimentations with time manipulation, discussed the importance of storytelling, non-linearity, and designing for interaction. I also thereby initiated discussion about the future of utilizing time, motion, and space in visual communication and interaction design. If time allowed, I could have also touched upon methods for teaching time-based media in the classroom.