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The Big Excuse by marcyintellect The Big Excuse by marcyintellect
So this is just a cover image for my senior thesis "the big excuse".... well, it's the video part of the thesis, anyway. photos to come.

please watch it here -- [link] (you need to enter the password marcythesis to watch it)

when i have a bit of free time i'll submit the stills from the film.
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leipre Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
looks real! good job!
affirmation Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
awesome work i love "yeah its nature and nurture, but I have a good example to follow"
marcyintellect Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009   Photographer
hah just you wait, the new version is even more fun!!

and thanks :)
isky Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
Fabulous!! The depictions of each of the artists was well done - subtly revealing and quite in tune with each. I loved the Sexton one (it had a kind of mania that really worked well) - but all were equally powerful.

I think the idea of madness in the artist is a fascinating one - an interest that really took hold when I was researching Blake's version of Paradise Lost.

They have actually done research that links the creative mind with the schizophrenic and bipolar mind - a lowered latent inhibition - so they filter out less of what they see/hear/etc and receive more sensory information.

So, essentially both "see" more. In the mentally ill mind, the mind is unable to handle, interpret and - here's the key difference between the artist and nameless psychotic - *share* the overload. The artist - though often at the expense of his/her mental state, of course - is able to use their voice (whether in poetry, photography, painting, etc) to show others that extraordinary vision.

Anyway - I think your quote at the end is interesting in this light - since essentially, it is that you SEE so much that gives you your creative vision, and yes, if you were to crumple beneath the weight of it, bail out so to speak - whether through suicide, alcohol, whatever - your creative vision *would* be lost (not only to you, but to us all).

Perhaps I misread the film - or just went off on my own tangent - but either way, it is thought provoking and impressive.
marcyintellect Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008   Photographer
thank you, I appreciate it! the newer version with edited text should be up at the end of the week.

that quote is actually from me i think 2001? i probably should change the date to indicate how early i knew this was all going on, or use something else from more recently. the "end" sequence is still kind of up in the air since I think I am going to reshoot it.
firefly6 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
Marcy...this was incredible! I can't believe you are so grown up, and I am well....just older ;)
You are going to knock the world for a loop, and I wish you all the best.
dreor Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
Very interesting take on self-reflection, analysis, and vow. Having little knowledge of the figures lives', I can still appreciate the whole. I began to see connections and understand meanings for all the scenes about halfway through Van Gogh, even without intimate trivia in my memory banks. Their stories were not needed to see them in your story.

I wish you luck with the Yale application!
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