HAPPY BLOG
Sound infotainment for artists and filmmakers pulled by statistical processing computers from the internets and the personal journals of happy product inc.’s two-time academy award nominated filmmaker MARK OSBORNE©




EMBRACE THE FLAWED ARTISTIC PROCESS

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The HAPPY PRODUCT STATISTICAL ANALYSIS ENGINE© has determined that the surest way to success is to make mistakes. A lot of them. It sounds stupid, but you can’t learn if you’re not failing.

This seems counter-intuitive to the HAPPY PRODUCT INC. STATISTICAL PROCESSING ENGINE© but in-depth analysis shows that it is true that mistakes are more valuable than playing it safe if you want to innovate. Pixar’s Ed Catmull discusses this idea and others in this insightful talk about the success of the ongoing creative process at Pixar.

Pixar’s Ed Catmull CEO talks to “The Economist” on the Creative Company

A NEW HAPPY PRODUCT© HAS GONE LIVE!

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The new short film I just made with my brother Kent Osborne has gone live on the internets!

Check it out!

We had fun making it, and it almost killed us. It’s called THE EXHIBITIONIST and it’s not porn, I promise.  Here’s the synopsis:

A man and his suitcase take an extraordinary pixilated journey through MOCA’s exhibition Art in the Streets at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, as works by BANKSY, RAMMELLZEE and KENNY SCHARF come alive all around him.

The film was created in an improvisational fashion during three very busy days at the museum.  What an incredible setting to work in and be inspired by.  It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and we couldn’t say no.  The short was made in collaboration with the Levi’s Film Workshop and Happy Product, Inc.

Produced with the generous support of the MOCA – http://www.moca.org

The MOST EXCELLENT Original Music and Sound Design is by old chum and CalArts alum Pete Houser http://www.bassbintwins.com

Here’s a behind the scenes shot showing you the crazy camera rig I built out of a rolling cart, a plastic crate, two tripods, some bungee cords and hot glue (oh how I miss the smell of hot glue…).  We had to be nimble and flexible to get all our shots.  Our original plan was to do it all in a day, but it ended up taking 3 days total.  It was my first real intense use of the most amazing stop-motion software ever created by humans, Jamie and Dyami Caliri’s DRAGON STOP MOTION.  If you don’t own it yet, get it!

Go check it out, tell us what you think!

Q: Can I share the short film MORE on youtube?

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A CURIOUS CUSTOMER ASKS: “Can I share the short film MORE on YouTube? If I can’t…is there any way I can get permission from the author? Because I think is a great great! short film but not everyone knows it. Beforehand, thank you so much.

ANSWER:  First of, thank you so much for liking the film and wanting to share it with others!  But actually since the film is now available at the iTunes Store, I can no longer give it away for free at sites like YouTube.  Although I would love to keep giving it away, so as many people as possible could see it, the quality of most of the shared versions I have seen is so low that I decided to do a new HD version for iTunes.  Now anyone can go there to buy it for the tiny sum of $2.99 (or $1.99 in standard def).  Each purchase helps offset the cost of making the HD version, and it looks pretty swell in HD, I have to say.  Seems like a good plan right?  Or what do you think, did we sell out?

“MORE” is now live on iTunes!

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Yay!

After a long wait, I am excited to announce that the brand new High Def fully restored version of MORE is now available on iTunes!  I am very excited.  And it’s only 2.99!  Check it out and pass it along please.


ART IN THE STREETS at MOCA

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Have you seen this amazing exhibit yet? It’s an excellent show with tons of great stuff to see. I highly recommend it.

I liked it so much I made a new short film with my awesome and multi-talented brudder Kent about it.  It is called THE EXHIBITIONIST and it will be premiere very soon–this SATURDAY in fact!  In the meantime go see the exhibit.  Here’s a tiny taste of the short film:

What do you think?  Look interesting enough?  The short is coming soon to an intertubes near you!