Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Justin Lassen special guest at Comikaze 2012!

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jlassen_2012This year I was invited to Stan Lee's Comikaze 2012! It was an amazing time. I met so many incredibly cool people, writers, artists, producers, directors, actors, celebrities, etc. It was a fun time all-around! I signed a bunch of autographs too, which was fun. I also chilled out with my good friend RH Stavis (creator of the back story for Lara Croft/Tomb Raider) who was announcing her project with Elvira (who was a TOTAL sweetheart)!. RH Stavis has some AMAZING stuff in the works for 2013!! She was kind enough to educate me on how the comic world works, and there's even hope for my comic to get published now after some meetings. I love that! Thanks RH!

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There was a ton of cool people and artists at the event like Elvira, Linda Blair, Morgan Fairchild, Andy Dick, Amber Benson, Kevin J. Anderson, John Zurr Platten, Andy McKenzie, Olivia De Berardinis, Todd McFarlane, Stan Lee, Alex Ruiz, Shannon Denton, CJ Draden, Jamie Tyndall, Tony Moore (The Walking Dead) etc. This list would be ridiculous to actually complete.. Needless to say, I also became friends with the show-runner and CEO of Comikaze, Regina Carpinelli, who is totally awesome, hard-working and incredibly sweet. Her doggy is also totally adorable . :)

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I picked up a few more really cool projects while I was there and I impressed a bunch of new people too. I met Alex Ruiz in person for the first-time ever!! Which I actually consider the highlight of the trip for me! That was awesome! We talked about our exciting new project (that I hinted about in the "It's Art" Interview below). Just overall, it was an awesome show. I was even invited back for next years show, for more panels and stuff. Thanks so much everyone for making my trip so amazing and memorable!

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Back to work for me!! I’m working on some COOL projects right now! :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Justin Lassen Interviewed at It’s Art Magazine September 2012!

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"We’re proud to feed our interview series with Justin Lassen, the awarded and talented artist we follow since the early day of IT’S ART."

"My own story is filled with tragedy and heartbreak. However, I try to tell a story of hope. I believe in happy endings, even if you have to get through the sad parts first. I try to be optimistic. Realism is over-rated. Live in the imaginary."
- Justin Lassen

"It's Art" has started a new Interview section to their website and have previously interviewed Michael Fink (Blade Runner, Batam Returns, The Goldem Compass, Avatar), Jordu Schell (Avatar, Men in Black 3, The Thing, 300, Cabin in the Woods), Sue Rowe (Prince of Persia, John Carter) and David Luong Senior Cinematic Artist II at Blizzard Entertainment. I'm honored to be interviewed next in this cool interview series at www.itsartmag.com (There is also a great new iPhone app for itsartmag.com website and all cg news and updates!)

“Justin Lassen’s music showcases a dynamic blend of next generation savvy and timeless messaging. It is obvious that Justin Lassen has storytelling in his blood, and he brings to that art the sort of primal skills once celebrated around ancient campfires along with a cleareyed vision of how stories can be compellingly told in the rapidly evolving media landscape. His continuing collaboration with the makers of new technologies and the leading artists who employ these innovations keep him relevant. Justin’s creative range, positive attitude, communication skills and eagerness to plunge into any challenge make him the perfect partner for directors and producers of films, games, web experiences, specialty installations and themed attractions. Justin Lassen has generated an intriguing buzz among fans and industry peers alike, and for all the right reasons.”
- Jerry Rees, Producer/Director/Imagineer, Disney

“What are your future projects ?”

Find out in the full interview at It's Art! [FULL INTERVIEW]

Lord Retro™ Prelude (Unwind Remix)

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I’ve been digging through the Lord Retro™ vaults from 2007. I found this never-before-released remix by good friend and musical collaborator DLP of “Prelude” from my “The Rise of Lord Retro” Soundtrack releases.

The artwork on the Lord Retro™ cards above was created by world renowned artists Martin Bland and Alex Ruiz, whom I consider the soul of my LR universe.It’s hard to believe it’s been over 5 years in the making! I thought this would be the perfect track to release to announce that we’ve got a beautiful project in the works together (separate from Lord Retro), brand new concept. It’s going to be amazing.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Presenting Long Nguyen’s “Out of Hell” Post-Mortem 2012!

outofhell_postmortem1I am so proud to share a Post-Mortem that my good friend Long Nguyen created for his indie-mod success zombie horror survival video game "Out of Hell". This is a classy and super honest read, all the way to the end! I think new modders, and artists in general on all levels can really appreciate and benefit from what he went through to create the game. [READ THE FULL POST-MORTEM HERE]

The blood, the sweat and the tears. He opens up and tells about the ups and downs of the development process, in this extensive look-back on the making of the mod that won best original art direction in 2009 when it was finally released! Lots of cool artwork, funny comments and classic “CRC” (his modding nickname) moments, i love it!

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Over the years It has been truly an honor to help him get coverage in magazines, trade shows (thanks Seth Perlstein), blogs, industry events and face-time meetings with big companies and celebrities. I know the guys at Epic Games and Valve are fans of his work to this very day! He's definitely earned the status of "Omega Man." but on a deeper level, you can see all the careful attention to detail he puts into every scene in his games. Everything is so well thought-out and breathtaking considering the engine (ut2k4). if you haven't tried the mod yet, even just for artistic reasons, it's worth checking out and its free!. I loved when people thought he made UT2k4 look like UE3 when the mod came out. Now that he's working in UE3, he's already impressing the world with his new darker visions!

oohI have found it a privilege and adventure to know him and be a part of his work. He is a true artist and visionary. I created 58 tracks of music for that game, which was narrowed down to about 27 for the game itself in a darker period in my life, so it seemed to fit the mood of the environments quite well. I remember him telling me that the music really brought the game to life and gave it a soul, and as a composer, I couldn't have asked for more than that (and I didn't). :)

"...It was about this time that I became friends with a fellow artist named Justin Lassen. I met him online through a series of pretty fortuitous events which you can read about in the archives. He was a composer and was eager to make a soundtrack for Out Of Hell and offered his services without so much as demanding a cent. He worked purely from inspiration and out of his love for creating art. I had finally met someone who I could relate to on that level and I took him up on his offer." - Long Nguyen, Out of Hell (Post Mortem 2012)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Justin Lassen featured at Blue Microphones!

bluemic_justinlassen_ces2011Cool! I’m featured up on the Blue Microphones (MOB) page in the producer/composer section! I’ve been using Blue Microphones for a while now, and I’m proud to mixed in with such a cool group of artists and friends!

justin_lassenThe Musicians Of Blue, or as we like to call it, The Blue MOB, is an exclusive community of artists, engineers, producers, composers and DJs who are users and fans of Blue (Microphones). This specially selected group of artists uses any number of our mics whether they are performing live with the en•CORE mics, recording in the studio with our Application Specific Series or capturing sounds on the go with our USB and iPhone mics. All artists specifically chosen for Blue’s MOB are very active in the studio, online and on the road, flying the Blue Flag wherever and whenever they can.”