“How To Stop Time” is a beautiful and inspiring video by Jason Lee Segal. Inspired by Alan Watts quotes, this video will inspire your deepest self. In this post, Jason shares his life journey and the inspiraiton for his video.
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 ones mortality can be a thought provoking and beautiful subject, it was too much for my young mind to handle. I developed acute anxiety 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.
Alan Watts Quotes: