I haven’t done a political blog post in awhile; I’ve been trying to be more open minded, less reactionary, and more open to ambiguity- but I’m seeing this argument come up more and more online and I want to put in my two cents. I’m seeing people say “If only more of the people in the club had guns, none of this would have happened”. Bullshit.
I live in Orlando, I've been to Pulse before. There were at least 320 people in the small building that night, probably more but 320 is the reported capacity. 320 people in a small bar with a small dance floor, a little karaoke room, and a little patio. When scientists are studying roads, and moshes, and clubs to understand how human traffic reacts as a group, they tend to simulate using fluid dynamics, using individuals as particles. A "sea of people" is almost literally that, an ocean of individuals getting buffeted around and carried with the currents that are available to them. There's some individual bias as people have minds, they have intentions and places they want to be, but they still have to do so by going with the flow, and overall the crowd acts much like a liquid. This is why in a club when a fire breaks out the worst immediate danger to you isn't the smoke or flames, it's the people around you, surges and crushes which can literally squeeze the life out of people. In a small bar, when guns start going off, the panic, hysteria, and pandemonium is not an ideal place to try and play hero and introduce more weapons into the mix. That tide, that flood of people fleeing makes it almost impossible to figure out where the danger is, and to make a clear shot. And worse, the confusion is going to lead to more killing. One guy starts shooting, another guy starts shooting back, another guy hears this and pulls his gun... is the man standing over the body the original shooter or the guy who killed the original shooter? In your terror with only a split second to judge are you going to be able to make that rational decision or are you going to shoot to protect yourself, potentially killing an innocent. A slaughter with more weapons only becomes a greater slaughter.
Just a quick shoutout video about a project I'm working on with some friends and local filmmakers. If you want to check out the project, you can find us here:
Not much to say here, just thought I'd give a quick update on where I am at the moment in terms of projects and ideas.
The other day I released another poetic short called 'An Echo' in the same vein as 'Creative Curse' from years back, and using the smoke effect from my 'Harry Potter FX Experiment'. I said in that description that I'd be trying to release more regular content, and I'm still committed to that, though writer's block has hit me harder than I expected. I'm planning on releasing a short character piece this weekend, with an old monologue I found lying around from a story idea I scrapped years ago called 'Cold Blood'. It should be a slightly darker piece than even I've usually done before, with a much more brooding and nihilistic character. I've enjoyed the opportunity to grow not just as an editor and cinematographer, but as an actor and pieces like this have been great practice.
The other big piece of news is I've been brought on by a friend as sort of the Visual Effects Creative Director for a small indie project called Conjurors of Composition (You can check it out on Facebook here, or Twitter here). It's an interesting idea, the tagline is "Magic meets Poetry", and I'll definitely be putting out updates as we make progress with that. I'm really excited, there's a lot of potential here, and the nature of the project gives a lot of creative flexibility for myself as an artist.
I'm also getting a lot more active over on Twitter, so if you want to see some more of myself, things I like, content updates, or whatever else, you can find me over there as @BlackhartFilms.
Thanks to everyone who's been supportive over the years, and have a great day.
This has been one of the biggest weeks for Civil Rights the United States has seen in a long time. Confederate flags are being pulled down with even orders from governors to remove them from State Capitols, and are getting banned from NASCAR and removed from major retailers, the Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the Supreme Court, and more importantly, so has same-sex marriage!
This is a great week for America, and one that gives me a shred of hope in a country who from Ferguson to Baltimore, Charleston and New York, hasn't given me much. That said, this is not a clean victory, and the Conservative right and dissenting Justices haven't been quiet about their discontent, and that's something I wish to address, here and now.
Did some recording work for Chianti's Pizza & Pasta down in Sanford, FL the other night, and put together this little piece. Just a typical Friday night at Chianti's Pizza & Pasta, where old world taste and good friends meet.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the actors who volunteered their talents to make Survivors possible, so as a little bit of thanks, here's a project our lead David van den Berg just finished working on. He's trying to raise a little to fund festival entry fees and pay off the crew, so if you can it would really help to spread it around and help him out.
My name is Jeffrey Hepburn, and I'm a young writer, graphic design artist, and aspiring filmmaker.