Geena Matuson

[my art, video work, my face - and various endeavors / www.geenamatuson.com]

Happy birthday weekend to my loving, supportive, fantastic boyfriend! Remember when we took this photos last December? You are so cute ;)

Love,
Geena

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Happy birthday to my boyfriend who is beautiful, and I love you! I wish you happiness and sexy looks, always ;)

(And that’s my Insanity Workout T-Shirt sent in the wrong size, haha.)

Love,
Geena

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I Am Monroe: Screenshots

I recently helped cut an IndieGogo Campaign Video for Jocelyn Padilla’s short film ‘I Am Monroe?’, working to raise money for the last half of filming this August/September, 2014. The first half of the film was shot last year, but the team needs your help to complete this amazing film! As a surreal, period piece surrounding starlet ‘Norma Jeane’ and the idea of an alternate realm between our world and ‘the next,’ there is a lot this film can offer - if completed!

You can check out the IndieGogo Campaign Here, and watch the campaign video I cut, below (you can also watch it directly on Vimeo or YouTube):


I was able to grab some awesome screenshots (or ‘movie stills’) from the first half of filming in 2013 for promotional purposes. Check out some of my favorite images, below:

Here, Carlyne Fournier as Norma Jeane’s mother Gladys clips film and imagines another life…

Lindsey Elisabeth Cork as ‘Red Death’ pretends to console the abused starlet, played by Andrea Kinch. Her plan is working…

In a nightclub - perhaps a venue entirely created in Norma Jeane’s own mind - Red Death appears as a seductress…

We’re working towards the IndieGogo campaign goal so we can complete the film - hopefully these images enticed you to be part of the project! For more information, check out the film’s facebook page and Twitter, and follow us!

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Botanicals Art Exhibition: Online Gallery Show

I recently heard back from the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery with the results of the 'Botanicals Art Exhibition 2014' competition I entered in early June, and it turns out I received ‘Special Recognition’ for my photograph ‘Sparkling Dew,’ taken last summer as part of my Cape Cod Travels!

This international contest received 697 entries from 20 countries, and of all those submissions - I won ‘Special Recognition’ (SR) in the show’s Photography Category! According to the gallery’s site “We also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art this month. The artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was exceptional.” Aww, isn’t that nice?

You can view all photographic winners, here, and you can see the overall event catalogue, here.

The site also explains, “All winning entries will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of July 2014 and thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives. Congratulations to our artists who made our 4th Annual “Botanicals” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winning artists and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s archive page for further ongoing promotion.”

So, I guess my work will be on their site for all-time! And you can enter their upcoming competitions, too! Add my website event page to your iCal and gCal now!

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I Am Monroe: IndieGogo Campaign!

Just last night the official 'I Am Monroe?' IndieGogo Campaign launched, complete with video, amazing rewards, and screenshots from the first half of filming last summer! I helped edit the campaign page created by actor/director Jocelyn Padilla, and also created the film’s IndieGogo Campaign Video, and am helping with online promotions. (You can watch the video below either in this post, or directly on Vimeo, or on YouTube.)


The campaign was created to gather funding so the second half of Jocelyn Padilla’s film 'I Am Monroe?' can be shot and completed in late August/September 2014. This surreal period piece features tragic starlet Norma Jeane portrayed by Andrea Kinch, along with the evils of ‘The Womb Realm’ such as Red Death played by Lindsey Elisabeth Cork, and ‘Woman In The Womb’ played by Jocelyn Padilla.

In short, the film follows a young Norma Jeane who awakens to find herself in a womb-like realm, a limbo between the past and future. The starlet realizes she’s no longer in her own body, but is the ‘Woman In The Womb,’ and learns that passage from one realm into the next can only be achieved by facing a series of challenges. Laine, a whimsical spirit guide, aids this new soul on her journey. However, things are quickly shaken when horrific images appear in a magic mirror; ‘Red Death,’ an evil, mysterious succubus plays minds games and tries desperately to keep ‘Woman In The Womb’ from progressing…

This 1-minute ‘Teaser Trailer’ below was created last year by Nelson Reis and uploaded to Jocelyn Padilla’s YouTube Channel. You can check it out below, or watch directly on YouTube.


The film, still in the production phase, has its own IMDb movie page, Twitter account, and Official Facebook Fan Page! Check them out, ‘like’ and ‘follow’ for constant updates about this great film, looking to premiere in early/mid-2015.

Please, share the IndieGogo Campaign and help this film make its goal so it can be completed! You’re invited to the premiere, plus a bunch of great rewards for campaign backers!

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PH21 Gallery Show: Open!

Tomorrow, the PH21 Gallery show ‘Harmony’ opens for their international, juried photography exhibition, running from July 1st - 22nd. My work ‘Italy as Cuba’ was chosen as one of the gallery show artworks, and will be professionally printed to hang in the gallery at the Budapest Institute of Technology!

The PH21 Gallery has added a new exhibition page for the ‘Harmony’ show, featuring juror reviews, more details about the artists, and a lookbook! Check it out!

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I took this photo on my 2011 trip to Italy, and you can see more on my ‘Trip to Italy’ project page. I will be entering my photography into more competitions and gallery shows in the future, hopefully with more good results to share!

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I Am Monroe?

Last month I was asked by Jocelyn Padilla if I’d work on the second-half of production for her film ‘I Am Monroe?' - to which I said, sure! I'll be working on the film's upcoming crowd fund campaign video, and will help promote the facebook fan page, and the film’s Twitter! I already went through all of the previous footage shot in 2013 by D.P. Ben Heald, and gathered some great stills to use for the film’s publicity!

But what exactly is this film about?

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This surreal period piece, written, produced and directed by Jocelyn Padilla with co-director Nathan Suher, focuses on a young Norma Jeane, who dies a mysterious death. When she awakens, she finds herself in a womb-like realm, a limbo between the past and future.

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Norma Jeane, portrayed by actress Andrea Kinch, glances at her reflection in a mirror to find her being is no longer in her own, familiar body. She quickly learns that passage from one realm into the next can only be achieved by facing a series of challenges.

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One must be subjected to their past misfortunes and sins along with the “happy memories” in order to move on. Alongside ‘Woman in the Womb’ played by Jocelyn Padilla, is character Laine, a whimsical spirit guide aiding the new soul on her journey in this mirror-like world, a warped realm.

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However, things are quickly shaken when horrific images appear in the magic mirror. ‘Red Death,’ an evil, mysterious succubus portrayed by Lindsey Elisabeth Cork, plays minds games and tries desperately to keep ‘Woman In The Womb’ from progressing into her next life…

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Even the chosen color scheme and lighting seem to work well to convey the emotions and thoughts running throughout each scene.

Jocelyn has also spent the last year revising the second half of the script, the ‘womb realm’ scenes, so they are just as impactful both visually and emotionally.

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Check out the above screenshot of my editing setup with Adobe Premiere! You can see a clip on the left, a frame of a clip being used in the campaign video on the right, and the editing timeline below that! All of those little, colorful rectangles in the timeline are bits of audio and video I’m piecing together to make the ‘I Am Monroe?' IndieGogo campaign video!

We’re working towards the final touches on the crowd funding campaign video and page, and plan to launch in early July - I’ll keep you updated! In the meantime, check out the film’s facebook page and Twitter, and follow us!

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Behind The Scenes, Mike Jacobs

While I go through a huge selection of preview images from my shoot 2 weeks ago with Mike Jacobs Photography and Paula Roderick-Voisembert H/MUA, I found some great ‘behind the scenes’ preview shots to share!

Here’s me and Mike, pulling each others’ tie - or whatever I’m wearing!

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Aww, me and Paula! This room we’re in was actually used as one of the sets for our shoot! (Every room in her house, in fact, was used as a set for one of our many ‘looks’.)

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And, of course, I had to snap a photo of Paula and Mike! The lighting was so great that evening…

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And here are some of the hair and make-up prep shots with me and Paula Roderick-Voisembert H/MUA! From the beginning stages of make-up…

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…all the way to some final touches on my crazy, curly hair! This definitely gives you a sneak peek at one of the looks we did at the shoot that day! Paula is an incredible H/MUA, as well.

I can’t wait to get the final photos back and share more! You can see more of my work with Michael Jacobs Photo from our winter, 2013 photography shoot here with a ‘purple goddess dress,’  and here in the American Apparel ‘Scuba Suit’! You can also see more of my work on my Model Mayhem page - and can follow me on facebook for even more!

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A ‘before + after’ image demonstrating my color work - I like to shoot in a flat mode to ensure I have the color space to play with the range of lights and dark (and, of course, the color). I took this photo in Cape Cod, MA this summer 2013.

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A ‘before + after’ image demonstrating my color work - I like to shoot in a flat mode to ensure I have the color space to play with the range of lights and dark (and, of course, the color). I took this photo in Cape Cod, MA this summer 2013.

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