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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Back Channel

You see what I allow you to see. But there is always a "Back Channel." Conversations taking place, work being done, media being made.

All this footage is from my everyday life. It was filmed with my little digital still camera. Looking for a new apartment, hanging out with friends, driving around town, concerts, shopping, eating and drinking, it's all there. With the push of a button, I have recorded my life. The good times and the bad. It comforts me to watch it. Hopefully, it will have a similar effect on you.

Back Channel
Music: Yann Tiersen - Loin Des Villes


  • Always neat to see how you can take the seemingly ordinary and make it interesting.
    I can't believe you got video of getting a ticket! Stinks you got a ticket thanks for catching it on video.

    By Blogger Anthony, at 9:53 PM, March 02, 2006  

  • it seemed you had a bunch of little videos you were trying to make.
    instead they became a meta-video.
    what i like is how every little moment was a whole story. Its a lot of info packed into a short video.

    By Blogger Jay Dedman, at 9:55 PM, March 02, 2006  

  • Josh, honey, PLEASE, PLEASE clean that bath tub! AND PLEASE don't kill the lady bug! Don't think of the hole as a bad thing, call it a "feature!"

    By Anonymous Andy Melton, at 10:56 PM, March 02, 2006  

  • BRAVO! That was great. I got butterflies watching it. "wink wink, nudge nudge"

    By Blogger Michael Tyas, at 11:08 PM, March 02, 2006  

  • I solemnly swear to comment more on your vlog than Michael Tyas.' Well, at least I'll try! But that's gonna be hard cuz he posts more than anyone else I know. Nice podcast BTW. Did you post it on Stone Farm?

    Oh well, I love your recent vlog. Love it! Love it! Love it! K, bye.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:17 PM, March 02, 2006  

  • I liked the stream of moments that do create the essence of this post...your life, your ordinary life becomes this ball of fire we must hold dear, burning our eyeballs, it moves with great speed...however one thing I was recently told by a buddist priest...the more one tries to control/record/edit/understand this essence, I guess he was talking about life...the closer ones becomes to meeting his maker...perhaps a negative aspect to vlogging, yet I cant be too sure...I think he was disciple of a buddist sect called zairinshu...yet don't hold me to it...劑凛宗??? not sure, anyhow this was great video...

    By Anonymous Nathan Miller, at 11:42 PM, March 02, 2006  

  • A pleasing amalgam of clips. Nicely done. I have dealt with infestations of ladybugs, even to the point of shooting one with a blowgun (after leaving many fruitless dart holes in the wall.)

    By Blogger Brad, at 11:46 PM, March 02, 2006  

  • Aw, come on...you know you don't hate ladybugs...do you?

    I loved this video. A long string of little moments that aren't necessarily related but add up to--well--daily life!


    By Blogger missbhavens, at 1:05 AM, March 03, 2006  

  • I liked this video. I liked the amount of editing energy you put into pacing all this footage. There were like a million cuts in there and they were all placed perfectly! Thanks for another great window into the life of josh leo.

    ps. the cutlery through the hole in the closet had me cracking up!

    pps. i love ladybugs, but when they infested my apartment years ago I found that their lady-bug poop smells really musty!

    By Anonymous bre, at 1:46 AM, March 03, 2006  

  • I really enjoyed that Josh. A litte different from your usual style it seems.

    Of course, what is your "usual style"? I not sure I can or want to peg it down, but there is definitely a Josh Leo style and this video extends it.

    Hold the presses. Flash! Steve Jobs just called and sez Ken Burns Effect is out and Josh Leo Style is in. :)

    By Blogger Markus Sandy, at 7:32 AM, March 03, 2006  

  • I agree, it's amazing how you can take ordinary life and turn it into something like that. So much better than "reality" TV! Even better, I know you! Well.. kind of :)

    By Blogger Erin, at 10:53 AM, March 03, 2006  

  • Really great video Josh. I agree, the hole down to the kitchen is really great. Saves on walking not to mention you tested it out good!

    By Blogger Phxxguy, at 3:45 PM, March 03, 2006  

  • You created facinating order in the chaos of those random shots.

    This video is a true breath of fresh air. good pacing, good music. Good.

    By Blogger Graham Walker, at 6:23 PM, March 03, 2006  

  • Josh Leo, you have a far too interesting life. And ya . . . it was a very . . . . unique vlog . . . I liked how you crafted the scenes with the music . . . The beginning was interesting in its own way . . . the ranting about the shower . . . the wallpaper . . . the ladybug was brilliant. It added some comic relief . . . the police ticket was a fine addition. Was the officer hot? I couldn't tell . . . You should have stalked her or something . . . did a vlog commentary on a jail cell . . . interview your "neighbours". And I'm sure you could have done so much more. Nonetheless it was a superb vlog. Kudos.

    By Anonymous Ben, at 10:16 AM, March 04, 2006  

  • pretty dope, kinda gave me a sad feeling, like the beginning to middle of sunshine for a spotless mind.

    also, im very impressed you got footage of getting your first speeding ticket, i would have never thought of that.

    play on playa

    By Blogger shawnsninja, at 10:48 AM, March 04, 2006  

  • Josh Leo, I think this is one of your strongest posts. I throughly enjoyed that montage of Life coming from you. I can't believe you video taped getting your speeding ticket. I think that's againist the law, but you're Josh Leo so I doubt they'll be coming after you anytime soon.

    P.S. I listened to the ENTIRED Podcast you and Mike did. Oh buddy.

    By Blogger Des, at 11:36 AM, March 04, 2006  

  • Pretty depressing apartment, have no fear Spring is near!

    By Anonymous Jimmy jchtv.com, at 3:41 PM, March 04, 2006  

  • my favorite vid yet. I have those dinosaur chicken nuggets in my freezer! lol ;-P

    By Blogger Natasha, at 4:07 PM, March 04, 2006  

  • A new apartment might be fun. What about a loft unit? Or maybe some kind of work/live space sorta thing? Probably hard to find.

    By Anonymous Giovanni, at 12:20 AM, March 07, 2006  

  • Lovely - as always, Josh.

    By Blogger The Faux Press, at 6:57 PM, March 07, 2006  

  • Very cool post, I have enjoyed watching your video's, they inspire me to be more creative, not just with my videos but how I look at life. I really enjoy your stuff....

    Long live Batman! I was bored..... ;)

    By Blogger Batman Geek, at 8:27 PM, March 09, 2006  

  • quite a humble meditation of the ordinary -exquisite with an unforgettable crescendo.

    omg, all I drink are cinnamon dolce lattes!


    By Blogger french/new/wave/nerd, at 11:52 PM, March 12, 2006  

  • Back Channel to Background.
    Do I see "een friese vlag" (a flag from the province "Friesland" in the Netherlands) behind you?
    Visible from the 17th till the 20th second.
    Is there a story behind it?

    My story:
    I was born on a island called Ameland (lots of dunes) that's part of Friesland. Lived there for most of my childhood. Therefore I was quite surprised to see it in your video.

    By Blogger erik, at 5:33 AM, March 20, 2006  

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