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LEISURE
(2014)

Look at these kids, I know these kids. They are us. They are in winter. They are gaining weight. They are making a record at April Base. These kids. What are they doing packing ten people into a five bedroom house? These kids have empty bank accounts and no jobs. These kids are not sure what's going on with their lifes but Sunday they watch the Packers game and eat chili and that's a decent attempt at church. These kids forget to shovel the driveway. They need someone to jump the van because the battery froze. These kids are looking back at the footage from last year and wondering what happened in between now and then because time's all blurring together. But you know what. These kids are children of winter and can handle another season I betcha. Yeah, we can handle it. We'll be fine. Life is long.

Director, Editor

 

DEAR MS BRANSTNER
(2014)

A song (and record) based on 350 letters We Are the Willows frontman Peter Miller's grandfather wrote his grandmother during World War II, and a video composed of personal slides from their life and relationship.

Director, Editor

 

KINGFISHER
(2014)

Crickette. You have some heavy stuff you're carrying around with you and so do I. So do we all. Matt's a calypso-cat drummer and I'm blind to myself. J-Sean heaved in too much helium to sing good and Pep and Dave are worshipping donuts in the river where the current is strong. I wish jellyfish could swim in the air. Maybe if they could swim in the air then he'd love you like you imagined him. Maybe we'd all get what we saw at night. Probably not. Well at least its easier to carry heavy things around with all six of us. Six broken hearts are like one good heart. I guess its fine if jellyfish can't swim in the air or that Kingfishers can't fly underwater. Probably best to keep eating our daily bread and make today into some kind of dream.

Director, Editor

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PHOX
(2014)

Our self-titled. Produced by Brian Joseph.

 

  SLOW MOTION
(2014)

Apocalypse Now for Kids. A sister piece to the original.

Director, Editor

 

BALTHAZAR - IMAGINARY SAILOR, PRETEND PHOTOGRAPHER
(2013)

Balthazar:“I am curious about hidden things: people’s inner lives, their secrets, their bodies. Photography is an extension of my curiosity and a tool for me to learn more about people.  My favorite pastime is taking polaroids and sending them with letters to people all over the world."

Director, Camera, Editor

THE DAM KEEPER (SCORE)
(2013)

The Dam Keeper, a short film by feature animation artists Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi tells the tale of a young pig encumbered with an important job, and the meeting of a new classmate who changes everything.

Behind the Scenes

Score (With Matteo Roberts)

 

STUDIO ANNDUNCEMENT
(2013)

Um.

Director, Editor (With Matthew Holmen)

BABY TEETH
(2013)

Made this video for RAYNE.

Director, Camera, Editor, Motion Graphics (w/ Ben Smith)

POST-TRAUMATIC CONFETTI DISORDER by PHOX
(2013)

An overdone newsletter; a post-traumatic companion piece to Confetti.

Director, Camera, Editor

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CONFETTI by PHOX
(2013)

 

[Confetti is a video-EP from PHOX, a project where video and audio were recorded simultaneously to create an EP and a film.]

Welcome to the domestic, fantastical reality that is born out of winter hibernation -  textured with the digital peasant chic of midi wonderlands and the hum-drum dusty gold mine that is Midwestern thrift. Forgo your pennies, all your common cents for the tasteless-scrap-turned-folk-art-ballroom-fabulous; blanketing your ballerina dance, broken-hearted banjo strum, ice-screams, tinsel-hoots, late-night clarinet lines and improv-whatevers in theatrical style as they shoot beyond the edge of the cosmos but no further than the living room ceiling.

We began this project as enlightened players but by the end we were computer eyes and winter weight, using beer-stained tripods as walking sticks to cross confetti oceans and brush our teeth in dead movie sets. We ripped apart our fully-grown young until we remembered once again that we must let them be themselves and run into the arms of strangers (aka need this done by Friday thx).

Now we can infinitely ponder our experiment in our cold bones and spring-hopeful skin; remembering the dead trees, the sound of cups on wood, and arguably the best sleepover ever; resulting not in the creation of cinema with a capital C, but something equally precious - the reaching for it.

Get the album at bandcamp

Film: Director, Editor, Stop Motion Animation, Sound Design

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OAT FLOWERS
(2013)

A buncha divine nonsense. Techno-Gandhis rejoice.

Soft cover, 54 pages. Written by Zach Johnston. Yellow Cover illustration by Yoshinori Asai. Sheltie illustration cover by Jach Zohnston. Full size image

 

DAYS GO BY I KNOW BUT YOU CAN STILL BE MY FRIEND
(2012)

A dysfunctional family vacation video chronicling the misadventures of ten childhood friends, or four musical groups (PHOX, Sonntag, Daniel and the Lion, Boom Forest) from Baraboo, Wisconsin embarking on a two week tour through the Middle West in the fall of 2012.

Editor

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LIGHTS.ON | APOTHEOSIS
Released December 31st, 2012

Dan Govier writes:

Apotheosis is my attempt at making experimental music that doesn't waste your time. Most of the songs are pretty short and while some of the songs are catchy and - dare I say - poppy, this is not pop music.

I took a break from making music seriously for the last several years. Usually, the way it works is that I get a concept for an album and then I start mapping and fleshing it out. With Apotheosis, it took Zach, my friend who also happens to write and produce music, pointing out to me that some of the songs that I had continued to slowly pump out fit sensibly into a single theme. Most of the work on the album had been done for over a year.

Apotheosis is an instrumental album, but I think you’ll find that even without words the different sounds and feels take you to ponder on certain things. To me, this album is about life, the universe and humankind, and hopefully it comes through. The changes that the world has gone through over the years is what was on my mind while writing these works. The Earth existing for billions of years without human life and the differences in how we live compared with those throughout....read more

Get the album at bandcamp

Album Producer

THE STORM IN MY HEART
(2012)

The landscapes within a grieving heart.

Director, Camera, Editor

ROUND ROBIN
(2012)

Round Robin is a collaborative illustration project consisting of three books undertaken by Pixar artists Daniela Strijleva, Katy Wu, and Jennifer C. Chang.

Editor, Motion Graphics, Music

SKETCHTRAVEL
(2011)

A long animated journey of a sketchbook passed around by various animals to achieve something they cannot do alone. This short was created to celebrate and promote the SketchTravel project.

Co-writer (with Dice Tsutsumi), Music (with Dan Govier)

A VOICEMAIL FROM OMA
(2011)

Oma left me this voicemail on my 24th birthday.

Animation & Illustration, Music (With Dan Govier)

DICE TSUTSUMI INTERVIEWS FRéDéRIC BACK (SCORE)
(2011)

Pixar art director Daisuke Tsutsumi interviews legendary animator and Oscar winner Frédéric Back about his life, passion, and contribution to SketchTravel.

Score

GANGE OF PEACE (PBS)
(2008)

A short video report that aired on PBS's Foreign Exchange with Daljit Dhaliwal about a former nun getting rival gangs to put down their guns and start running their own legitimate businesses.

Director (With Vanessa Johnston), Camera, Editor

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Elder Studio catalogues the work and collaborations of Zach Johnston. Johnston is a musician, filmmaker, and member of the band Phox.