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New Year Rising

Happy New Years 2013 from Lazarus Rising #deadinsideRise

Happy New Years 2013 from Lazarus Rising #deadinsideRise

A late Happy New Years’. The very reason you are able to read this is because you are a survivor. Welcome to the ranks. 2013 greets us with open arms. Again thank you all for the support that we here at Lazarus Rising has received with the release of Black Box on December the 21st 2012. We are at 7,500+ views already and counting. Thanks for the titanic support and we look forward to growing from strength to strength as we move forward.

That is the horde philosophy we need to adopt.

#deadinsideRise

-Dulani

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Lazarus Rising: More than One Story.

Many may be wondering where we are at as of this moment concerning Lazarus Rising? We’ve made steady progression towards our pecuniary goal, so I thought while we wait on that pesky progress bar to drown the empty space between  it and 100%, I will be making a series of promos surrounding the concepts and issues in the main short. The short, succinct pieces with supporting and branching narratives all add to the surreal atmosphere and issues that make Lazarus Rising a monolith of a film. Not to mention the titanic talent already attached to the various promos, ranging from on stage talent to commercials to feature films.

Just be patient for the next couple weeks and wait for the voice that calls you out of the grave darkness to ‘Rise’:

www.youtube.com/LazarusRisingFilm

www.vimeo.com/LazarusRisingFilm

#BreathCalmAndCarryArms

-Dulani

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British-Industrialised War Propaganda

"Breathe Calm and Carry Arms" © 2012 Artwork by Dulani Wilson. All rights reserved.

“Breathe Calm and Carry Arms” © 2012 Artwork by Dulani Wilson. All rights reserved.

I always found Britain’s ‘Keep Calm’ poster to be oxymoronic. Condescending even. Bold white type against a burghundy, blood red background telling  ordering you to keep calm, and carry on. Never mind if you were starving, your rations finished and bombs were dropping like flies. On the broader scope of things, few people know that the Nazi Propaganda machine was directly influence by Hitler’s observation of Churchills talent to dazzle and razzmatazz the British public in WW1. Remember before that time, the British public generally hated didn’t have strong feelings for the French, and admired the work ethic and reservation of the Germans, who seemingly pulled themselves out of a Great Depression. By the time Churchill did his propaganda slight of hand, British people now hated the Germans and were fighting alongside the French. Ah sheeple.

That impressed Hitler, who then took what he saw and created, along with Goebbels, a vaster, more organised propaganda ministry. The Principles of Propaganda, one of the most significant offsprings of the evil Nazi propaganda machine is still evident today;  politicians, advertisers and corporations still keep a page our two with them like a little red book (hidden anyway).

So,  war being all about deception- as Ping Fa would have it- I thought I’d add some brutal truth and have an honest war for once. Not for land, resources or some clandestine reason. Just good ol’ evolutionary survival.

#breathecalmandcarryarms

-Dulani

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As of this Moment…

This week has been particularly busy, planning and trying to make contact with necessary people. Recently sent off a few film fund applications so will be waiting for word on those in the coming weeks.

Have a look at our Prop List, see if you have anything you are willing to donate. Though as of now this is not as important as rallying up support. I am also planning a little fundraising event…. more news on that soon.

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-Dulani

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Necro Art #6 Premiere: God’s Light.

Light that burns like a quasar. It expands in front of you. A primitive mind fails to grasp the enormity of something that a genius compressed into a simple equation. Napoleon said:

“God is on the side with the best artillery.”

So it is only safe to assume whoever finger hovers over the button is the Saint of Death.

The single, resounding and defining moment the world changes for our Soldier in Lazarus Rising begins with ‘God’s Light’…

… and ends with man’s undoing.

Lazarus Rising: "God's Light" © 2012 Artwork by Dulani Wilson. All Rights Reserved.

Lazarus Rising: “God’s Light” © 2012 Artwork by Dulani Wilson. All Rights Reserved.

#lazaruswillrise

-Dulani

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Necro Art #5- “Behold”

LAZARUS RISING: "Behold" © Artwork by Dulani Wilson. All Rights Reserved.

LAZARUS RISING: “Behold” © Artwork by Dulani Wilson. All Rights Reserved.

Man is nothing but a speck on this vast blackness we have called universe. And there are moments we a dwarfed, overwhelmed even, by great unknowns. I like this image for one particular reason, the composition. The extreme low angle creates a lovely sense of dynamism. But also, in the traditional  sense, low angles connotate the viewed object as powerful. This Image however does the opposite; a soldier, who is already large in the frame, is further dwarfed by the looming clouds of downwind.  This is the first time we see the nuclear explosion, rather remnants of it, and I believe the image both makes a unique cinematic reveal of this man-made blight of chaos whilst connoting a sense of vast despair and awe in the soldier who stands under the nuclear cloud.

War transforms wholly. Eternally.

#deadinsideRISE

-Dulani

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Necro Art #4- “Theta 6 Nerve Gas”

LAZARUS RISING: Theta 6 Nerve Gas. ©2012 Artwork by Dulani Wilson. All Rights Reserved.

LAZARUS RISING: Theta 6 Nerve Gas. ©2012 Artwork by Dulani Wilson. All Rights Reserved.

Man’s ingenuity is only matched by his gruelling sadistic nature. In Lazarus Rising, they use of a volatile nerve agent called Theta 6 plays a ugly role in the creation of sanguineous, subhuman creatures. Even moreso than a sadistic Soldier. The can’s design a relative designs of CS gas used for ‘crowd control‘ all over the world. Funny how this batch will help lead to the world plunging in to utter chaos.

Being an important device in the narrative contract, I felt it necessary to design and make concept art surrounding the look of the can. As for the name. The Theta symbol is Greek and is commonly synomynous with death (vaguely representing the human skull and used as a warning symbol). The symbol was also used by Athenians when they voted for the death sentence on the imprisoned. ’6′ is just a bad ass number. From a phonetic stand point, the whole word is fricative, the sounds that mirrors and mimics a hissing sound. Then of course you could make certain analysis, like multiples of 3 being ominous in Elizabethan times, or the biblical reference to the Anti-christ. But over all, on top of that, it’s just a cool-sounding name.

Eyes will water, Throats and nostrils will flair and burn. It will do everything it says on the can. Almost everything

Harshly squashing dissent will only give rise to something uglier.

#deadinsideRISE

-Dulani

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“Lazarus Wil. Rise”

This post is like the subsets you learnt in first form high school mathematics. A blog within a blog. A recent blog entry of my recent excursions is up on Talenthouse by the ultracool Fabrice. The post particularly talks about my creating an animated music video for Morning Parade, my ebook of poems Harbinger: The Medium and the Message, and Lazarus Rising (of course).

Couple sentences in you will see how I feel about British film holistically, and why I thing Lazarus Rising has the potential to bring about true monumental change in the right direction.

Check it out:

http://blog.talenthouse.com/2012/06/21/where-theres-dulani-wilson-theres-a-way-lazarus-rising/

Sum up,

Rise! Rise with me.

-Dulani

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Necro Art #3- “The Dead Rise”

Eyes are said to be the windows to the soul. It is arguably the most expressive element of the facial features. The idea has also been used in cinema to connotate the emotive state of being of a character with CU and ECU shots… Fear, amazement, happiness and every emotion in between can be expressed. Anime takes it a step further; characters traditionally drawn with big bubbly eyes are good guys, the windows to the soul are wide and open; they have no hidden flaws or animosity or skeletons in their closet. On the other hand, characters with narrow eyes are mysterious at the least, and an embodiment of pure evil at the most.

So as you can guess, we can show a range of emotion just by the eyes of a character. But what about no emotion. Something soulless. Maybe by making a reference to how the eyes look when someone is on drugs. Dilated pupils. Like zombies: drugs that cause dilated pupils usually cause a decrease in brain activity, relative loss of conscious processes, with their bodies as if under a trance, oblivious to the waking world or the tacit that govern it.

This is all good except they still have an emotive aura about them. Evil, angry even. So how do they manage to connotate this through the eyes. The answer is Focus. To see a spastic junkie siezing violently by himself is scary enough but what about one who does all that dead focused on you? That’s why I think this image works well. The idea also surrounding this image is I needed the Zombie to look as if he has been through hell and war: chemical burns, deep lacerations and hanging flesh. Lazarus Rising creates a different type of Undead, not rotting flesh caused from sped-up decomposition, but as a result of being exposed to radiation and nerve agent gases and other tools of war.

LAZARUS RISING: "The Dead Rise" © 2012 Artwork by Dulani Wilson. All Rights Reserved.

LAZARUS RISING: “The Dead Rise” © 2012 Artwork by Dulani Wilson. All Rights Reserved.

The lighting, almost like a spotlight, helps draw focus towards the cold, bloodshot eyes of the Zombie. The idea of this once human being being (double word usage… yes) exposed to a chemical agent similar to mustard gas, also fits nicely with the pinpointing of the pupils; it was common that miosis occurred when exposed to mustard gas, as well as conjunctivitis and exposed eyes and blindness. Horrible.
Aren’t you glad WW1 is something you can experience from the comfort of your livingroom?

#deadinsideRISE

-Dulani

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The Radio Interview

I, Father Author and Creator, had a little radio interview over the weekend with David Michaels on OnFM 101.4, where I talked about Lazarus Rising amongst other creative projects. Have a listen (sorry for the poor quality sound at some parts, I wasn’t working with the best of mics):

We are on the rise.

#deadinsideRISE

-Dulani

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