Idea Grave

This week: Illustrator, game designer Ilya Schwarz @ilya_j  www.specialpie.com IdeaGrave is an explicit, long format podcast. Conversations between Toronto indie filmmaker Jesse Yules and his friends, about culture, art and technology. Cohosted by Brendan Black (when he shows up… ) 

This week: Toronto musician and college friend Dean T. Explicit, long format podcast. Conversations between Toronto indie filmmaker Jesse Yules and his friends, about culture, art and technology. Cohosted by Brendan Black.

This week: Chris Eaton, Toronto author and musician best known for his band Rock Plaza Central and his novel Chris Eaton, A Biography Explicit, long format podcast. Conversations between Toronto indie filmmaker Jesse Yules and his friends, about culture, art and technology. Cohosted by Brendan Black. 

This Week: GTA 5, self medication, life imitating the internet, digitized memories, bad barbers and sad childhood. Explicit, long format podcast. Conversations between Toronto indie filmmaker Jesse Yules and his friends. Cohosted by Brendan Black. 

Explicit, long format podcast. Conversations between Toronto indie filmmaker Jesse Yules and his friends. Guest: L.A film composer Alexis Marsh. @samandalexis

Explicit, long format podcast. Conversations between Toronto indie filmmaker Jesse Yules and his friends. This week: Brandon Silva Computer Genius discusses The Moncton Maniac, new battery technology, world’s strongest man on Game of Thrones, the power of ancient pizza ovens. Cohosted by Brendan Black.

IdeaGrave Podcast - Ep06 | Good the Bad and the Ugly

Podcast Episode 06 | the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Explicit, long format podcast. Conversations between Toronto indie filmmaker Jesse Yules and his friends. Guest: Toronto Musician and friend, Shawn Clarke. Full length audio commentary track for the classic film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

IdeaGrave Podcast - Ep05 | Jerome Anthony

Podcast Episode 05 | Jerome Anthony

Explicit, long format podcast. Conversations between Toronto indie filmmaker Jesse Yules and his friends. Guest: Our former roommate Jerome. Topics: Whisper tapes, Rob Ford, Toronto Transit and Condos and World-star Hip Hop.

IdeaGrave Podcast - Ep04 

Podcast Episode 03

Explicit, long format podcast. Conversations between Toronto indie filmmaker Jesse Yules and his friends.

This week: Spoilers for every great television show of the past 10 years, how to quit smoking weed without going insane, shitty jobs, big budget film making and high park bathrooms.

IdeaGrave Podcast - Ep03

Postcast Episode 03

Explicit, long format podcast. Conversations between Toronto indie filmmaker Jesse Yules and his friends.

IdeaGrave Podcast - Ep02 | Mike Juneau

Podcast Episode 02

Explicit, long format podcast. Conversations between Toronto indie filmmaker Jesse Yules and his friends. Guest: Mike Juneau is an independent video director in Toronto. He is best known for his work with Tokyo Police Club and his Live in Bellwoods concert series.

IdeaGrave Podcast - Dark Knight Rises (Fan Commentary)

Podcast Episode (Beta) 

Explicit, long format podcast. Conversations between Toronto indie filmmaker Jesse Yules and his friends. This week audio commentary for the disappointing Dark Knight Rises.

IdeaGrave Podcast - Ep01

Podcast Episode 01

Explicit, long format podcast. Conversations between Toronto indie filmmaker Jesse Yules and his friends.

Doing it Live

"I would have been more successful if I’d left movies immediately. Stayed in the theater, gone into politics, written – anything. I’ve wasted the greater part of my life looking for money, and trying to get along… trying to make my work from this terribly expensive paint box which is … a movie. And I’ve spent too much energy on things that have nothing to do with a movie. It’s about two percent movie making and 98 percent hustling. It’s no way to spend a life."
- Orson Welles
Welles’ warning has dissuaded very few filmmakers. Kevin Smith is ready to make a change though. The Clerks director is giving up movies in favour of podcasting. Like Wells, Smith spent years hustling for money to try and turn stories from his life into films. Stories that were, easier and more effectively told by him directly to an audience with a microphone. Smith’s personality, as it turns out, is much more warm, witty and provocative than any of his movies. And so he’s changing. Unlike Wells, Smith is brave enough to put his ego aside, to ignore critics that might see a switch to the internet as being a step down.

It’s conceivable that the internet may flip the production cycle for future movies upside down. In the past a filmmaker would design a personal film. She write a story and take it to a small group of investors that believed in the idea enough that they would fund it’s transformation into a movie. After years of marketing, word of mouth and award wins the film would be considered a success and the masses would seek it out. Spin off novels, Wikipedia pages, fan fiction and Comicon merchandise would follow years later.

But the internet is flipping that cycle. Now it’s web comics like the Professor Brothers that get offered television show. It’s the sketches, the wiki pages, fan fiction, experimental shorts and all the other secondary tribe building elements, published online that lead to bigger deal. The internet allows for simple, text and still image based ideas to flow quickly between people all around the world. Perhaps in this era storytellers interested in making films, should work to build the biggest possible tribes around certain ideas and themes first. If filmmaker can demonstrate to money-men that already have an audience for a project, producing the movie becomes simple.

One more example. After a successful storytelling season at the Moth podcast, Mike Birbigliahis took his insane sleepwalk stories to the large audience at public radios This American Life, then to the huge audience in movie theaters across America, then to unlimited audience online at Netflix. Mike started with just some notes and a microphone. What movie projects could we launch if those tools were all that was needed?


My friend Todd and I planned a follow up to our 2007 Nuit Blanche exhibit Secular Confessional. It was not approved. 

GOTHIC AEROBICS | NUIT BLANCHE 2008 | TODD JULIE AND JESSE YULES

For one night only Toronto’s hip downtown yoga studios will be exposed as the seedy backroom torture chambers they are. We would like to stage a goth-themed exercise class inside one of these studios, combining dominatrix style and attitude with traditional aerobics.  Visitors to the exhibit will see something that goes beyond fitness. They will see the mortification of the flesh.

Three actors will be rear projected on a 8 metre screen within the venue. These actors will be dressed as a dominatrix and her two slaves. They will be wearing a combination of vinyl, leather, black make-up and spandex. The dominatrix’s outfit will be tight and restrictive. Her two slaves wear more functional gothic attire, in order to properly execute the moves for the audience (her off-screen slaves). After her initial demonstration the instructor circles her two slaves, correcting them with harsh criticism and a whip. A brutal mistress, she exacts total submission to her work out plan while forcing her on and off-screen slaves to work progressively faster and harder.  The pace of the workout will be fueled by the dark rhythms of late 80’s and early 90’s industrial and gothic-techno music.

Her interaction with her off-screen slaves will be similar to the popular ‘Nightmare’ board game series from the 1990’s – she will pretend to single out specific audience members, addressing the ‘silly bitches’ upfront or the ‘jailbait’ in the back.  The pre-recorded exercise film will be 25 minutes in length and will run on a loop, seamlessly all night.  The tempo of the music accompanying the workout will get faster as the dominatrix’s demands become greater. Strobe lights will flash in the room as the routine hits it’s full intensity.  

The lighting in the yoga studio will be dim„ similar to a night club. Yoga mats, will be laid out on the studio floor. The walls of the studio will be adorned with images of bondage and other leather-clad dominatrixes, to further draw out the parallels between torture and exercise.

To encourage participation we will seed the event with at least one volunteer per hour, to insure at least one live person exercising throughout the night.  Visitors refusing to join in the work out will be bullied by our on-screen dominatrix.

Gothic Aerobics will be a chance for Nuit Blanche attendees to be more than spectators.  A full-on workout will pump them up for the night and raise questions about exercise in the modern era. The exhibit will run for 12 hours.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Goth culture is synonymous with self –mutilation, loathing and a fascination, if skeptical, with religious contemplation.  It is an ideal presentation style for the considerations we wish to raise with the participants in our event. Superimposing gothic imagery over a traditional workout video, we playfully call into question all the body-image issues that motivate such practices.  Physical fitness is normally presented in media as entirely positive.  This allows participants to engage in the act without much thought about just what they’re engaging in and their reasons for it.  While our installation draws out these hidden aspects and motivations for consideration, we believe a proper questioning and consideration of them will ultimately enrich and enliven the experience.

CREATORS

Todd Julie (www.foveaonline.com)

Todd Julie collaborated with Jesse Yules in The City of Toronto’s 2007’s Nuit Blanche arts festival, with their installation, The Secular Confession Booth.  Todd is a freelance illustrator and painter based in Toronto, Canada. His commercial work has appeared in publications across North America. Todd won Gold at the 2003 National Magazine Awards for ‘Best Spot Illustration’ and Silver at the 2005 Advertising & Design Club of Canada awards in the same category. A series of Abraham Lincoln portraits, completed for The Boston Globe, appeared in Applied Arts magazine’s 2007 awards annual.

Jesse Yules (www.jesseyules.com)

Jesse Yules is a freelance filmmaker and animator based in Toronto.  Jesse was awarded Best New Director by the web community Videos.Antville in 2008. He has done music videos for Owen Pallet, Grizzly Bear and Of Montreal.

My friend Todd and I planned a follow up to our 2007 Nuit Blanche exhibit Secular Confessional. It was not approved.

GOTHIC AEROBICS | NUIT BLANCHE 2008 | TODD JULIE AND JESSE YULES

For one night only Toronto’s hip downtown yoga studios will be exposed as the seedy backroom torture chambers they are. We would like to stage a goth-themed exercise class inside one of these studios, combining dominatrix style and attitude with traditional aerobics. Visitors to the exhibit will see something that goes beyond fitness. They will see the mortification of the flesh.

Three actors will be rear projected on a 8 metre screen within the venue. These actors will be dressed as a dominatrix and her two slaves. They will be wearing a combination of vinyl, leather, black make-up and spandex. The dominatrix’s outfit will be tight and restrictive. Her two slaves wear more functional gothic attire, in order to properly execute the moves for the audience (her off-screen slaves). After her initial demonstration the instructor circles her two slaves, correcting them with harsh criticism and a whip. A brutal mistress, she exacts total submission to her work out plan while forcing her on and off-screen slaves to work progressively faster and harder. The pace of the workout will be fueled by the dark rhythms of late 80’s and early 90’s industrial and gothic-techno music.

Her interaction with her off-screen slaves will be similar to the popular ‘Nightmare’ board game series from the 1990’s – she will pretend to single out specific audience members, addressing the ‘silly bitches’ upfront or the ‘jailbait’ in the back. The pre-recorded exercise film will be 25 minutes in length and will run on a loop, seamlessly all night. The tempo of the music accompanying the workout will get faster as the dominatrix’s demands become greater. Strobe lights will flash in the room as the routine hits it’s full intensity.

The lighting in the yoga studio will be dim„ similar to a night club. Yoga mats, will be laid out on the studio floor. The walls of the studio will be adorned with images of bondage and other leather-clad dominatrixes, to further draw out the parallels between torture and exercise.

To encourage participation we will seed the event with at least one volunteer per hour, to insure at least one live person exercising throughout the night. Visitors refusing to join in the work out will be bullied by our on-screen dominatrix.

Gothic Aerobics will be a chance for Nuit Blanche attendees to be more than spectators. A full-on workout will pump them up for the night and raise questions about exercise in the modern era. The exhibit will run for 12 hours.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Goth culture is synonymous with self –mutilation, loathing and a fascination, if skeptical, with religious contemplation. It is an ideal presentation style for the considerations we wish to raise with the participants in our event. Superimposing gothic imagery over a traditional workout video, we playfully call into question all the body-image issues that motivate such practices. Physical fitness is normally presented in media as entirely positive. This allows participants to engage in the act without much thought about just what they’re engaging in and their reasons for it. While our installation draws out these hidden aspects and motivations for consideration, we believe a proper questioning and consideration of them will ultimately enrich and enliven the experience.

CREATORS

Todd Julie (www.foveaonline.com)

Todd Julie collaborated with Jesse Yules in The City of Toronto’s 2007’s Nuit Blanche arts festival, with their installation, The Secular Confession Booth. Todd is a freelance illustrator and painter based in Toronto, Canada. His commercial work has appeared in publications across North America. Todd won Gold at the 2003 National Magazine Awards for ‘Best Spot Illustration’ and Silver at the 2005 Advertising & Design Club of Canada awards in the same category. A series of Abraham Lincoln portraits, completed for The Boston Globe, appeared in Applied Arts magazine’s 2007 awards annual.

Jesse Yules (www.jesseyules.com)

Jesse Yules is a freelance filmmaker and animator based in Toronto. Jesse was awarded Best New Director by the web community Videos.Antville in 2008. He has done music videos for Owen Pallet, Grizzly Bear and Of Montreal.

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