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.

Blue J’s Ft. Cal Carter (Prod. J.3K) – JaeOhEsH

This audio project was a collaboration between the instrumental producer J.3K, artist Cal Carter and myself. This piece belongs to a larger Mixtape of mine. We completed this recording using an AKG Perception 420 Studio Condenser Microphone, recording in Pro Tools 10. For mixing plugins in Pro Tools we used compression, equalization, reverb, and pitch correction. My verse is in the beginning. The idea of this piece is to save your money, create a means of art, and create means of sustainability. The visual for this piece is from another one of my visual and audio pieces called “Locust”. The photo was treated with contrast, and color filters to give it the dark purple and pink treatment.

Destroying Nature Makes My Face Hurt: Free Verse

Destroying nature makes my face hurt

I don’t hug trees

but somethings

We should savor

Nature 

If illuminati’s real 

How do they allow 

Hatred 

Nature 

Should be left in pristine rest

Human beings are ruthless 

We Struggle to find where Were rooted

I dissolve when it’s humid 

because were glued to our sets

If entertainment you seek

Then replay our clips!

Show there’s one heart in me, 

N trees have unlimited rings.

I furnish respect down to the spec,

No particles lost

if we all made of Mass 

we all make a mess 

we all make a mess

This piece is a written and soon to be audio & video piece of a free verse poem using internal and end line rhyme schemes. The idea of this piece was propelled from a brainstorm session where the word nature was broken down into its two syllables and matched from that point on with slant rhymes and direct rhyme patterns to communicate that as humans we are all searching for the meaning of why we’re here, saying we are all made of mass and so is the earth. Overall its an idea of a scientific creationism and consciousness. The photo above the poem i took to show how man and nature can coexist.

Remember Boston: Freeverse

Media messaging can be a depressing thing,
News writers are on the scene,
Covering how bodies bleed,
In public riot, or place of peace,
Masked are their identities,
Communicate the people will,
Tweet until the passing bills,
Distraction is what its become,
Bombings of the Boston run,
CNN has failed again,
Id rather turn off the Television,
When people go to search for truth,
The internet is where Im tuned,
Provide the images,
Unlimited supply,
To feed us news that isnt dry,
The peoples camera never lies,
The people have been innocent in this time,
All the rage thats staged within,
Can breed an age of revolution,
Make amends with all the Hate,
To see where it originates,
Its easy to control the masses,
By Digital or printed actions,
Consuming cultures,
To feed corporate vultures,
Interject themselves in oval office!
Where has the country gone?
Where is George Washington?
Stand in hope and go against,
Fix our broken government,
The mess we’re in is very steep,
Facebook’s turned us all to sheep,
Limit abuse is what we need,
and Sustain a focus on air we breathe.

This lyrical piece is textual based. Its a free verse poem using internal and line ending rhyme schemes. The idea of this piece is to communicate to the masses that while all of the things in the media seem to be important, some things are not as they appear, to question information, government, and leadership in constructive ways. Concluding the free verse is thoughts of sustainability and pioneering.

Campus Green – Charmander Lemieux (Official Music Video)

Campus Green is a collaborative music group myself and four others created in 2010. This particular collaboration is between myself, and the instrumental creator Alec Dacar. Here I used a Bluebird Cardioid Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone, recording to Logic Pro. 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 sometimes you need to have faith, and trust yourself through taking shots in life. The video was captured with a camera phone for a “selfie” feel using multiple cross blurring transitions to help convey lyrical points. Color corrected for brightness, vibrance and saturation, using a cartoonism effect to give it a dreamlike feel in iMovie.