My Personal Journey

April 9, 2009
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For my Video Art class at Emily Carr, I decided to move forward with the “Personal Journeys” project and so I went ahead and recorded the story of the day my mom died from ovarian cancer in 1994 and the Journey that I and my family went through that day and made a video about it. I published it on YouTube last night and wanted to share it with all of you:
– FlashAddict

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John DeVeaux is a second year Film, Video and Integrated Media student at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Classifying himself as a Digital Artist with future aspirations to work in either the film or video game industry, his work focuses on combining a wide range of media including crowd sourcing, data capture, film/video, installation, storytelling and web based material.

My Personal Journey tells the story of the day John’s mother died from ovarian cancer in 1994 and features the artist providing a solitary monologue over a black screen with white text providing an ongoing narrative, as he describes the mental images that haunt him to this day.

Inspiration for this video comes from Derek Jarman’s film, Blue, which showcases the director looking back on his life as he was losing his sight and dying from AIDS. The film is 79 minutes in length and features a single shot of saturated blue covering the entire frame of the screen.

My Personal Journey is also part of an ongoing digital art project dealing with personal storylines about significant or memorable Journeys in peoples respective lives and can be viewed at:

The Personal Journeys blog is now active

March 10, 2009

Hello again everyone,

I wanted to take this opportunity to invite everyone to check out the Personal Journeys Blog that was publicly unveiled and launched earlier today for my Digital Interactive Arts class at Emily Carr. Everyone was very interested in reading about the stories that people submitted to the art project and would like to extend my deepest thanks to everyone who submitted their stories.

This is not the end of the project however, and I will be working with several faculty at school in pushing the project further over the summer. For those of you who wanted to participate, but haven’t had a chance to write up your stories, don’t fret because you still have the chance to send them in and I will put them up on the blog as they arrive.

Furthermore, two other avenues for the project that I would like to explore are to setup a venue at the Athlete’s Village for 2010 Winter Olympics, which I had previously mentioned; but the most important one to my heart is to contact the BC Cancer Foundation and see if they would like to work together in recording and documenting the Journeys of Cancer patients currently going through radiation treatment and chemotherapy as well as the stories from their families.

I will be contacting them tomorrow to look into the feasibility of this project as well as starting to piece together a video which recounts the details of My Personal Journey, which I wrote about January 28th, 1994, the day my mother died from ovarian cancer at the BC Cancer Clinic in Vancouver. I will keep you guys posted on how both of those progress.

So without further ado, here is the link to the blog:

Read through the Journeys, click on the links to view the maps and also look at the Visual Journeys section of the blog to see other outcomes that I developed as well.


John DeVeaux

Reading the Screen – class notes and film clips

November 4, 2008


– what kind of music…jazz, hip hop, rap, opera?!?!? that is genre, a certain kind of something
– Hollywood studio system – huge money making machine – makes genre films for audiences
– western, musical, melodrama (chic flic)…
– film noir is a subset of the detective/suspense/thriller genre
– linked to audience pleasure (I love/hate horror movies!!!)
– horror = fascinated and disturbed at the same time

Tale of Two Sisters – Korean horror film

Bound – Wachowski brothers made this film with Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon = demonstrated that they knew how to make a very good genre movie

– narrative structure = ie: Western hero riding off into the sunset / film noir is typically a retrospect…
– characterization
– themes = ie: Western – can you tame the Wild West / Gangster movie the bad guy was always caught
– visual design = Western – how the land is portrayed / Comedy – objective camera in your face perspective

Some conventions are expressed by iconography: props, costumes, settings, visuals that immediately tell you the genre, the audience is comfortable with these conventions.

Musical: In varying measures and combinations, music, song and dance have been its only essential ingredients

To be successful, film makers need to present the film in a contemporary context because genres evolve and change over time.

1. Primitive – this phase is usually naive, though powerful in its emotional impact, in part because of the novelty of the form. Many of the conventions of the genre are established in this phase.

2. Classical – this intermediate stage embodies such classical ideals as balance, richness and poise. The genre’s values are assured and widely shared by the audience.

3. Revisionist – the genre is generally more symbolic, ambiguous, less certain in its values. This phase tends to be stylistically complex, appealing more to the intellect than to the emotions. Often the genre’s pre-established conventions are exploited as ironic foils to question or undermine popular beliefs (ie: The Godfather, Thelma and Louise and Unforgiven).

4. Parodic – this phase of a genre’s development is an outright mockery of its conventions, reducing them to howling cliches and presenting them in a comic manner (ie: Mel Brooks and Zucker, Zucker, Abrams)

Balance between the familiar and the original is a delicate thing to achieve.

THE MUSICAL – resolves binary structures more imaginatively and ideally then we can in real life.
– in the Hollywood musical (Singin in the Rain / Wizard of Oz) = community versus fragmentation

Singin in the Rain

Community was represented as Cathy, Don and Cosmo
Fragmentation was represented as Lena

transparency vs. manipulation
energy vs. exhaustion
abundance vs. scarcity

– binary poles that need to be resolved in a musical

– considered to be the greatest American musical ever made

Gold Diggers of 1935 – Lullaby of Broadway
dir. Busby Berkeley – 1930’s revolutionized the musical genre

Une Femme est une Femme
dir. Jean-Luc Goddard

Dancer in the Dark – Bjork