I'm new to this site, so i'm not quite sure exactly what to do, but i guess i'll take advantage of this opportunity. I was told by Jazmina Figueroa that (in her opinion) my posters are beautiful and thus i was invited to come display them here. So, i guess i'll tell you all a bit about myself.
I'm Edward J. Moran II, and i think i'm one of the few people I know that loves their full name. I'm a 20 year old hailing from Michigan, and i'm an aspiring filmmaker. Now, when i say ''aspiring", i don't mean that i've been making movies for years and i'm just waiting for success to come to me. In my opinion, when you're doing something that you love and that you have a passion for, you are that thing. So if you're enthusiastic and in love with painting, sculpting, dancing, playing music, writing...you are those things. Right now, i consider myself a screenwriter whose been studying the art of filmmaking and storytelling for the past year as i save money for equipment to do it myself.
Since March, i've been designing alternative and minimalistic posters for films, television shows, and video games and selling them in my online stores and using those sales to save for filmmaking equipment. Thankfully and frankly luckily, i've attained quite a bit of success and i'm now just around the corner from getting the bare-bone essentials to start my career. If you're interested in stats or what this graphic design career has led me to...well, i guess i'll tell you.
As of now (July 4th) I have over 14,000 page views on my deviantART (in just 3 months with little promotion), and i've sold over 50 pieces of merchandise (including prints, shirts & post cards). I've gained the attention of the band Face the King, and a director who's hired me to work on a new digital series with Machinima. My artwork has also been shared and seen by Xbox's official tumblr and Gearbox Software's community page. I'm incredibly thankful for all of the great support and feedback that i've been getting for the past few months, and it's very humbling to know that there are people who support me and what i want to do.
I'm not extremely confident in a lot of things. Not to say that i'm a self-loathing or nihilistic person, but when it comes to things that i can say "i'm really good at that", there's only one thing that i truly believe for myself that i'm good at: Writing. I believe that i'm particularly good at screenwriting. Although i have only written two complete scripts in the past year (both of which i'm re-writing completely), i'm confident, even borderline delusional to some people, that these movies that i write are good and will be good once they're made. I think to be a filmmaker or have any aspirations to make a good piece of cinema, you need that vessel of lunacy that runs through your blood that convinces you and forces you to not believe but KNOW that your work has value and must be seen.
I have very big goals and achievements that i have a very strong desire and need to fulfill. I want to rebuild my decaying state of Michigan and give to those that break their backs to put food on the table for their families. I want to be someone that can save lives and give someone the inspiration to chase for what makes them happy. I want my films to ignite a flame within them that burns a fire of salvation, and to transcend their understanding of what a film can be and how powerful its message can be. I want to follow in the Goliath and colossal footsteps of Kubrick, Tarantino, Nolan, Hitchcock, The Coen Brothers, Aronofsky, and those that have changed my entire perception of what a film can be and how cinema is more than a sheet of cheap action and mediocrity, but a canvas of intelligence and superiority.
But i digress.
Filmmaking and even the simple idea of making a film of any length has literally changed my life. It just last year, around this time, that i was sitting on my couch, nearly engulfed in depression and sulking in the feeling of failure as i have now become a high school drop out. As i was changing the channels, i noticed that "The Shining" just started, and i've never watched it completely before, so i decided to watch it. That was the day the switched was flipped, and it instantly clicked right after that movie that i knew what i wanted to do with the rest of my life. From there, i've been climbing a rather steep hill of personal challenges, constantly doubting my worth because of the poisonous idea that a certificate of completion equates to my worth as a human being, questioning if i'm good enough to even make anything, and episodes of panic and paranoia that have always tainted my mind...but this, this filmmaking concept and world has shifted my life into something positive, and if there's anything i want to share in my life, it's just that: Positivity.
Now i guess it's the time to do some shameless self-promotion. I have 2 stores where you can buy a select amount of my prints. On my society6 store, prints are generally cheaper (starting at $17.68, i receive $5 of that) and that's where i've sold the most. On my RedBubble store, you have a bit more options and the smallest print size is larger than the ones on socety6, but it is a bit more expensive (i believe they're around $25). You can see everything that i've made that i chose not to put in my stores on my deviantART profile.
Here are the links:
If you want to be a part of changing someone's life and helping them with their career of giving back to communities and families that are desperate need of a helping hand, please consider purchasing a print from me, or share my links with people who would. I'm not trying to sound like one of those terrible donation commercials, because honestly i won't be able to do nearly as much giving as soon as i'd like to, but i can ensure you (although i don't know you nor do you have any reason to believe in a stranger on the internet) that i am going to dedicate my life to the people in suffering and offering my hand to those that keep getting knocked out.
And if you can take anything from this 5 minute read, is to simply live for what makes you the happiest. Avoid arbitrary ideologies that preach the intangible reality of perfection. Forget those that abandon you when you've found something that you truly enjoy. This miniscule life that you live is so insignificant to our universe that spreading your joy and happiness is one step further down our path of evolving as a species, and growing past our politically unjust and morally corrupt.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and have a wonderful day.
"If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do." - Mahatma Gandhi