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What is this Awesome Achievement?
The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out
on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.

The Deviousness Award for May 2012 goes to TimberClipse.
Get to know more about Zev with this interview.

First things first, who is Zev? As an artist and a member of deviantART?

Who am I? That's a good question! I am 16, finishing up my junior year in high school and a lover of film and video. I have been on about 50 film sets in the last two years working on a different array of jobs from production assistant (PA) to key grip, gaffer, director of photography (DP), and editor. My passion is to continue on sets likes these and eventually become a DP.

(I am going to keep talking about that short, but if you'd like to see more of what I have done please check out my website)

Although I am young by most standards I haven't let that get in my way, and I do not believe it should be allowed to get in the way of others. I have found, partially thanks to deviantART, that age means nothing if a "teen" puts their mind to use. I have met a number of individuals across the United States and the world who's ages mean nothing. I have even had the pleasure to work with some of them on projects such as my film, The Symbol of Peace. While creating the film I was able to work with numerous deviants to bring digital, traditional, literature as well many other forms of art into the film. In addition, our composer. Dylan Dunlap, who is around my age and wrote almost all of our music. The film has now been submitted to 10 film festivals across the United States and is waiting to be accepted or rejected.

You have had the opportunity to collaborate on a large number of projects despite your young age. Is there any particular project you feel more attached to? Any particular challenge you had to overcome?

I mentioned my largest project above, The Symbol of Peace was an absolutely amazing experience I had the opportunity to work with and meet amazing artists and people on dA and across the world. Now it is basically in its final stages waiting for film festivals.

I have had the unique and amazing opportunity to work with actors and actresses including John Slattery (best known from Mad Men), Melissa Leo (academy award winner from The Fighter) as well as absolutely amazing photographers and filmmakers. Most recently, I worked with George Holz, he has photographed a lot of fashion, nudes, and celebrity portraits (everything from Hugh Laurie -from House M.D.- to SMASH and beyond). Being able to work with him recently has been an absolute honor and pleasure.

I don't think that I could pinpoint a single project that I am most attached to because opportunities will keep coming. Two weeks ago, it would only have been a dream to have met someone like George Holz, but in just a week that all changed. The same is true for countless other people I have met on set, it really is like a second home.

It is a challenge though. I am 16, and that age is not looked fondly upon at most locations. Heck, I am barely allowed on set for most films -regulations prohibit someone under the age of 18 for many larger sets. In addition when I come on set I have to be able to establish myself, most people see a 16 year old and don't even consider them a part of the team, it takes being a step ahead of others in order to show that I actually have what it takes.

You received the senior status a few months ago, and now you've been bestowed the Deviousness Award, how does this make you feel? How was your reaction?

My reaction was a mix of a number of words that I would not want to repeat here and a face more or less like this: :jawdrop:, the only difference is that my chin is still on the table. :lol:

It is absolutely amazing to have been given these honors here. It means so much to me. Perhaps it's a little silly to some… to see so much in an award that is really only a spec of data on the internet, but the community, support and love that backed that tiny spec means so much to me. I have made friends here, some two, three, four times my age, of different origins, religions, and none of it makes a difference, they care about me and I could not live without them. People put differences behind them to support what we are all here for. Art. That is what makes this community absolutely unbelievable to me. We are different and accepting. Anyone who isn't, won't fit in. THAT is a community.

Be My Valentine by TimberClipse Playing With Fire by TimberClipse Yellow Eye? by TimberClipse

What are your aspirations short and long term, as an artist and as a community member of this site?

I discussed this a little previously, so I will stick to the "as a member of this site" part. I want to see more film and video on deviantART. No not like YouTube, but the actual art. Since 2012 began the community has seen some huge changes that are moving in the right directions. Interviews with different professionals in the industry, but I really hope to see it continue, and really want to be a part of that growth. One day, I might be able to toss YouTube and Vimeo, be able to upload all my future films to deviantART and link 100% of my work from here. But it's just not ready yet. :shrug:

"Zev has been one of the most enthusiastic community involved persons I'd met on DA who really inspired me to be more socially oriented on DeviantART. He is constantly working on a project, something that gets everyone excited. It may sound silly to say this, but it's like a pep rally. I was never school spirited, but I've got the DA Spirit. It is contagious.

Through his continuous efforts to engage his watchers he has created positive attitudes and brought many various artists together. He always knows what's big and happening on DA, informs his watchers and gets us all happy bouncing.


"TimberClipse is the one of the deviants that I met that made me want to stay on deviantART. His passion for the site and friendliness towards the community makes him easy to approach. We've watched him grow over the last few years and I'm really proud of what he's achieved so far.

I couldn't really imagine what our dA lives would be without him, and on behalf of the community I'd like to say thank you. :hug:

What role do you consider DA has played in your life as an artist? Has it affected your work in any way?

Aside from critiques, which are so incredibly valuable for artists here, I think deviantART has shaped my life. Many kids grow up with only one support system at school and/or at home. I grew up with two. The second one being deviantART. I think that changed everything for me both artistically and as a person. It's hard to convey in words but it has made such a difference.

Anyone who joined this site and has been an active part in the community for more then a year or two will likely understand :dalove:

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?

Most likely nothing. I ate it all. :giggle:
But… I'm a vegetarian, so no meat :eyes:

Thank you so much for the interview :heart:

Getting to know more about each month's Deviousness Award recipients.
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Paranormalmoon Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I wish I got famous for just taking pictures and putting them in projects.
I work 13 hours on some of my drawings and they just get a few favorites.
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The amount of time put into a project and the amount of effort put in are two different things. It doesn't matter how long things take if they aren't quality work [I'm not talking about your works, as I haven't seen them]. This sixteen year old is just one year older than me, and has put more effort into his love for art than I have in a long time. That's what separates him from you, me, and the rest of the people on deviantART.

It's not his age.
It's not the time he took.
It's how far he was willing to go to get where he is now.
Paranormalmoon Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful speech. I'm not saying he took no effort and time. I put all my effort and time into my best portraits and I feel they get me no where. And yet someone takes a picture, probably edits the brightness and such, puts a filter on it and BOOM instant sucess. All I do, is sit around and do nothing but put time, effort, and love into my art and costumes. Yet it's like no one cares. It seems to me only the My Little Pony artists, the Photographers, and the Anime Artists get what other artists deserve; not to say those kinds of artist don't deserve such. I've seen and met people that deserve this award just as much or more as this young man here. I don't know it's just something about the photography part that really gets into my skin because I feel it's not as... Majestic? Colorful? Expressive as what drawn/sculpted/painted art is?

I like to view artists from their artwork mostly and in my point of view Photography is a block from all that and makes me feel like the artist is bland and effortless. That's probably another reason.

And He's also not much older then me either. I'll be 16 next month.

Oh and please take note, I do not hate photography all and all. I admire it because it's able to capture so much history. Seeing old war photos and family photos always make me happy that we have such technology. I just have a hard time seeing it as an art or something with much talent.
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, now that you've expressed your ideas, I understand what you're saying. I like photography. I'm one of the thousands of people here that like to take pictures. And I understand that a lot of people here just point, click, and call it art. I think that instead of taking a picture of just any little flower, or any old building, just centered in the middle of the picture, instead people should try to find pictures in the most unlikely of things, like rusty pipes, old dirt roads, cityscapes.

And unfortunately, do to the recent growth of the anime fan population, anime is going to be very popular, whether it is well drawn/painted or not. It's just how people work. There's a lot of young people on this website that like the style. Needless to say, that also applies to MLP, which I don't understand. I just really don't get how one movie got so many people drawing the same vector-styled animals just to stick them on the world's largest art website. But hey, the human mind is unpredictable, and I guess since I'm not a big fan of the movie [nor have I seen it], I can't speak in the place of actual fans.

As for photos, if you're doing the same things over and over, it gets annoying. People that take three pictures of the same sunset on the same day with their iPhone and post them all to deviantART irritate me. But deviantART is lenient when it comes to standards, so I can't do much about it. But this kid, Zev, not only take pictures, but has done many other things [which I will list from the article]:

- Has been on about 50 film sets in last two years.
- Has worked many different film related jobs, such as production assistant, to key grip, gaffer, director of photography, and editor.
- Has created his own film, "The Symbol of Peace", which was also created with others around his age, and has been submitted to ten film festivals.
- Has worked with people like John Slattery, Melissa Leo, and George Holz.
- Has created and maintained two of the largest groups on deviantART.

And those are only a few of the things listed.

The Deviousness Award isn't just for the art people submit to deviantART, it's aimed mostly towards those people that go all out on art in general, doing everything they can to get where they want to go. I don't know about you, but I've sketched portraits. I've painted huge, wonderful pictures. I've earned money from art. But I admit, I'm very lazy when it comes to anything, really, so I take forever to do everything. But seeing this kid, where he is now, to me, that's inspirational. It's like it puts the feeling into you that if you put in as much effort as possible, that you could be where he is now.

Of course, traditional art styles will never be as popular with the modern day media as film and digital art will be, because people pay to see movies and watch cartoons. I still prefer traditional over digital though, because it's natural. But unfortunately, drawing is getting less popular with the younger generation, because unfortunately kids nowadays are lazy [I'm a wonderful example for that], and don't appreciate art, unless it's in the form of either a video game or a barbie doll.

It's just how people work. If you want to find work or popularity in art, you can't always do what you want, it has to be what everyone else wants. That's why I could never base my work on art, because then I would never finish work on time.
Paranormalmoon Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, you got a point. Maybe I'm just focusing my strength too much on the old timey sort of POV like during the times of Leonardo Da Vinci. He's a rolemodel of mine. A brillent man of art and science. He's inspired me to go farther then just my art! That's why I began working on costumes. Sometimes I feel maybe I get a little to wound in that mind set of sticking with the way how things were and get noticed for who you are, but I understand were you're coming from.

Granted this Kid's list of achievements is impressive. Though I feel he just isn't that colorful of an artist.
As rude as it is, it's just my point of view.
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I respect your point of view.
Paranormalmoon Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yours too.
phoenixleo Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
What does the time it takes someone to complete something equate to this?
Everyone takes different times to finish their work as well as practice, which I suppose you are continuing as well. And submit to groups and be active.
Paranormalmoon Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I always do. I much enjoy submitting to groups and running them.

And to me, most of the time, time normally shows the effort.
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