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Blake’s machine

Posted: April 10, 2010 in 1

Blake, 2007 Beijing


Atlanta 2010

Posted: April 4, 2010 in 1

Birthplace revisited

IRE: Origins

Posted: October 12, 2009 in 1
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Back in 1998 in New York, I had an idea for a film called “Faction,” about an underground spy network entrusted with keeping tabs on the rest of the intelligence community. It was also when the internet was still in its big bang phase, and startups were popping up everywhere like mushrooms. Tony Verderosa, who did the soundtrack for what the film finally became (another project called “Burnout“), was the first to record a track over the internet, working with Sinead O’Connor and Thomas Dolby. We discussed the possibility of making the story interactive, yet too little experience with would-be investors clouded our approach. The idea was still in mind, however.

In 2001 I left the rat race to teach English in China, a “vacation job,” to give me some time and space for a more clear approach next time. I reinvented myself, shooting another short film in my first 3 months there, which got me hired to be the advertising department of a US-Chinese corporate training joint venture, which got me into Beijing, and introduced to an editor for Cosmopolitan Magazine. I then ended up shooting “Asia’s Michael Jackson” with a Hasselblad for a 6-page spread, then as editor for a Starbucks magazine, then producing and shooting a nationwide multimedia campaign for Olay, then producing and shooting a 5-day shoot for a regional (5-country) campaign for IBM with Ogilvy in Sydney, and then hired by Getty for more international clients like Epson and Shell Oil… between that came more shooting for other clients, from upscale hair salons to a German magazine, model testing, private clients… all while getting a front row seat to history in the world’s fastest-growing economy and new cultural revolution.

Finally my idea resurfaced, and I ran it by Scott Mollan, very likely Asia’s most brilliant creative director. He caught on rather quickly, about the same time as I was shopping it to China Venture Labs for development. Scott gave IRE its name, and slashed away all the fog around the idea, leaving only a clear definition of IRE which anyone in the ad industry could understand. It’s value was clear: for less than the cost of a single tv spot, it is now possible to create multiple times the impact with an entire season of IRE programming.

Finally I hunkered down and wrote “Trace,” designed to be IRE’s first demonstration and proof of concept.


Faction – Part 2: AD 2057

Posted: January 12, 2009 in 1

Part 1:

Real Time:

China Nites

Posted: January 12, 2009 in 1

Created, Written and Produced by Jesse Burke
Directed By Shannon L. Frady
Associate Producers: Matthew Abeyta, Anton Hendrinata, Ryan Harper
Music: David Mitchell
Editor: Antoine Breton
Executive Producer: Cheryl Harper

Unfortunately due to legal hangups the whole version can’t be shown. However this much is something of a documentation of the pre-Olympic transition China experienced, a new cultural revolution. Please share.

Protected: Catching up with the past

Posted: December 21, 2008 in 1

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Flashback: The Alex Constantine File

Posted: December 5, 2008 in 1

I visited Alex in the summer of 1998, at his home in Los Angeles. Although he greeted me initially with caution, he allowed me to crash out on his sofa, and the next morning I eagerly treated him to breakfast at a nearby diner.

I had written a script called “Faction” and met an agent at one of the four Hollywood agencies, United Talent Agency, at Alex’s home. I was also in town for a screening of “Bang,” an indie film milestone that was said to have cost less than a single costume for “Batman” to make. The star was Darling Narita, and her mother, Jude, the executive producer, was also a performance artist I met while in college in Syracuse. I had met the both of them at a previous premiere in New York, and I later introduced Jude to my father at his home, where he had written a script with Paul Monash based on his book “George Wallace.”

But beyond all the movie talk, there lay an old leather suitcase, seemingly neglected, in a dark corner of Alex’s apartment. Inside were volumes of letters, many of them handwritten, from people who were seeking out Alex with their own proofs of being implanted, experimented on and harassed by mind-control and EM assaults. There were x-rays, photographs, medical records, a mountain of proof that Alex was telling the truth. I had read his two books on the subject of illegal mind control experimentation, “Virtual Government” and “Psychic Dictatorship in the USA.”

Fast-forward 7 years. It is 2005, in China. I walk into a Beijing DVD store and come across  “Control Factor,” a Sci-Fi Channel production barely making the B grade, if that. Also about mind control, the film incorporated so many of Alex’s writings that it even went so far as to name a paranoid/psychotic murderer version of Alex, “Trevor Constantine!” Alex was irate, needless to say, when I emailed him about the find. He’d already heard about the show, and now that it had showed up in China on a pirated DVD, it was, for him, “the last straw.”

Where is this all going? Where are we 10 years later?

Available on pirated DVDs in China