“How To Stop Time” is a beautiful and inspiring video by Jason Lee Segal.
Inspired by an Alan Watts quotes, this video will inspire your highest self.
I asked Jason about his inspirations for the video. Here’s what he had to say..
Mortality has been a pervading theme throughout my life.
I was born with a defective heart and have had several open heart surgeries.
If I were born 20 years earlier, I wouldn’t have been alive for more than 2 weeks.
While considering one’s mortality can be a thought provoking and beautiful subject, it was too much for my young mind to handle.
I developed acute panic attacks and a fear of the morbid that permeated my young life. Roadkill made me sick and when my friends tried to kill ants, I peacefully protested.
Last Summer I spent a month at a meditation retreat center creating videos for Shambhala Mountain Center.
During my free time I captured footage that all had the same tonal quality to it.
The images reminded me of death.
At the same time, I was listening to many Alan Watts speeches on youtube and stumbled upon his video essays. I listened to a talk that reminded me of the footage I captured. I edited together the images to an abbreviated version of the talk and had the finished product.
Through art and meditation, I have been attempting to connect with an acceptance of impermanence.
Alan Watts illustrates the beauty of the morbid in his speech and I tried to parallel his prose with my visuals.
Most of the process of creating the video was quite joyful aside from filming the animal bones; that part still disturbed me!
AUTHOR: JASON LEE SEGAL
Jason Lee Segal is a writer/director currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. He is a graduate of Chapman University and has directed over 50 shorts, music videos and documentaries.
When not behind the camera you can find him making music and smoothies.
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