Creative Statement ~ Josh Couturier (JaeOhEsH)

Josh Couturier is a multi layered media artist, entrepreneur, & designer. He uses art to communicate ideas of emotion, self motivation, meditation, and sustainability. Josh has been using all avenues of media to make art since early in High School. After High School he has been a Media Intern for Shadow Puppets Entertainment, KahBang Music Film & Art Festival, The Maine State Pier Concert Series, Bourgeois Guitar, Tip Whip, RAPPORT, Bevy and Odigo. He owns two organization start-ups Campus Green, and LED MEDX, where he manages media and business from the ground up.

What’s next for Josh (JaeOhEsH)? Josh plans on managing social media marketing graphics, and creative visual and audio content for Campus Green and LED MEDX. Therefore continue to ground a larger following and community for his art & business and spread his message of agricultural activism, sustainability, self motivation and meditation.

The X-Change

This is a year in film project where we filmed using a Blackmagic Cinema Camera 18mm-135mm Lens, on a Fluid Head Tripod, using boom microphones above the subjects collecting audio based on conversation directions, and external LED set lighting with a light blue filter on the stage right and left lights. From here the conversation and dialogue was edited to give a dramatic cinematic feel, using quick cuts to action and dialogue and Lumetri Color Correction in Premiere, to communicate “The X-Change”.

Trails Of Life

This is a documentary short about Colby and his Appalachian trail adventure. This story gives viewers a sense of what the Appalachian trail is like for adventurers today. The challenges that they can encounter and the wonderful sights, lessons and friendships they take away. Truly a must see. Colby answers and elaborates on my questions that help chisel out his reflection of the trip. The majority of this video was a compiled archives of cell phone and a computer webcam diary that were organised to help tell Colbys story, in Premiere and iMovie.

Campus Green – “Locust” (Explicit)

Campus Green is a collaborative music group myself and four others created in 2010. This particular collaboration is between myself, and the instrumental creator Cote Vanidestine. Here I used a Blue SnowBall USB Microphone, recording to GarageBand. The lyrics were then mixed using plugins of compression, equalization, DeEsser, pitch correction and delay, to give it a more textured and contemporary sound. The visual piece was a metaphor on the lyrics showing how were all parts of nature, writing our own path, in this case a “Locust” by the bars of a fence, bars are also lyrical measures in rap music. The video cuts through scenes to help convey lyrical points. Color corrected for brightness, vibrance and saturation, black and white effects. The video was filmed with a Canon 7D and 18-135mm lens using manual aperture, ISO, shutter speed, zoom and focus, on a fixed tripod, custom made slider bar and dolly.

Elemental Skating

This is a documentation of a projection mapping project. Elemental Skating was intended to show the metaphor about skateboarding on an Element. Element is a brand of skateboard, and is also the skate board used in the filming and is the same board physically hanging in in the middle of the screen. The elements skated on are Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire. The venue was the APE space at the IMRC, and also featured a mirrored projection outside where the physical board casted shadows. See how we can use technology to skate on elements. All videography in this project was done using a Canon Rebel T31 and a 18-55mm lens. Editing was done in Premiere and iMovie, along with using Millumin video mapping projection software to fit elements to the stock images, and align them.

Chas Bruns Documentary (Short Film)

This is a documentary short telling the story of Chas Bruns and his love for media, and how he followed his love for media through his life in this spectacular interview. The interview was done using a Canon 7D and 18-135mm lens using manual aperture, ISO, shutter speed, zoom and focus, and a LAV microphone. The edit was made on IMovie and Final Cut, manipulating Ken Burns effects on stills and color-correction, to magnify brightness, contrast, vibrance, saturation, shadows, sharpness, and light levels.

Dirt Cheap – Bar Harbor, Maine

My good friend and mentor Chas Bruns, directs, stars and produces “Dirt Cheap – Bar Harbor, Maine”, one of a few of his episodes on Youtube. I was lucky enough to help him film a portion of the feature, including follow shots, over the shoulder, panning, tilting, and establishing shots. Not to mention myself and LED MEDX are featured in the episode. A really great piece!