Sunday, June 27, 2010

marlow moves

looks like as of today i'll be abandoning blogger and moving "marlow makes art" to tumblr. thanks for all those who followed me on this blog. why the sudden move you might ask? tumblr just seems to be easier to share media and network which is what i'm trying to focus on. you can continue to follow me on tumblr.

thanks everyone!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

still filming

we're still truckin' along with fatblueman's "take my heart" music video. the weather was awful last sunday which put filming on hold. hopefully next sunday's weather will be nice enough to film our outdoor shots. in the meantime enjoy these photos i stumbled upon taken a couple months ago at a fatblueman gig at shooter's.

flickr set

Monday, June 7, 2010

minxy mentioned

as of right now fatblueman's "minxy" music video has about 37,000 views thanks to mentions by hannah minx herself and japanzine, one of the biggest english magazines here in japan. right now we're working on fatblueman's next music video, "take my heart." it's his first song written in japanese. we're hoping to get it featured on youtube japan. expect to see that video sometime at the end of this month.

flickr set

Monday, May 24, 2010


ok here it is. my cool video of the month.

as i mentioned in an earlier blog post i have been involved in a youtube collaboration with some popular fellow jvloggers on youtube. here's the result- the fatblueman "minxy" music video. its about our fellow jvlogger, hannah minx and her rise to fame. be sure to check out all the people that were involved in this video's info box on youtube. be sure to watch it in HD and let us know what you think!

Friday, May 14, 2010


here are some panoramas of beijing taken on antonette's kodak v1253 point and shoot. quality is not as good as my canon, but it takes some nifty pics with it's built in panoramic with auto stitching function. enjoy!

flickr set

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


again, sorry for not keeping this blog updated this month. i've been busy with work and side projects. keep an eye out for a youtube collaboration video i've been working on with fatblueman and miss hannah minx. also i'll be making a short series of videos about our recent 5 day trip to china. i'll try to have that started by the end of this month. until then enjoy these photos!

flickr set

Saturday, April 24, 2010


this month has been pretty busy so i haven't been blogging as much as wanted to. we're going to china during "golden week," sort of a spring vacation here in japan. we'll be spending 5 days or so in beijing. expect video of that early may. i'll probably have photos to go along with it. in the meantime i've been playing around with fake HDR photos in iphoto and photoshop. pretty easy to do with nifty results. here are some samples of rocky in his different stages of puppyhood. let me know what you think or if you have any tips. i'm going to try to get better at this later.

flickr set

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


here are more recent subway photos taken with hipstamatic for iphone. pretty nifty results. my friend mike suggested making a small coffee table book after a while of the good ones. i think i might do that. let me know if you want a copy. enjoy this slideshow for now.

flickr set

Monday, March 29, 2010

benito middle's japanese food and culture questions

this is the first video response to questions about japan sent from students from benito middle school in tampa, florida. these are their questions about japanese food and culture. if you're here in japan already then watching this 10 min video might be a bit of a bore. if you're abroad and curious about what japan is like then take a look.

Friday, March 19, 2010

one day four lines

this is one of the last days i'll be working at kuwana in mie prefecture. i'll miss the kids and the staff, but i wont miss this thursday commute. it takes about an hour one way door to door and takes four different train lines to complete the the journey. here are some pictures using the newly updated hipstamatic for iphone. these are views from the various train lines during my commute. enjoy.

flickr set

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

square 1 (ft. derrius dean)

looks like i have a solid production team to shoot fatblueman's "take my heart" music video that has been long overdue. here is a quick video of the three of us testing out our canon kiss x3's. it was mostly shot with a "plastic fantastic (canon 50mm f1.8 lens)." lots of fun that day.

creative commons music by: jemex (ft. derrius dean)
video by: marlow gum, yeelee wong, masanori shimamoto

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

e shiritori

i learned this new picture game recently from one of my students. shiritori is usually a word game. you say a word and then say another word beginning with the last letter of the previous word said. you can add themes to it too. we usually use 'food' as a theme a lot cause i'm super hungry in class all the time. e shiritori (picture shiritori) takes the game a step further by drawing pictures instead of just saying words. here are a few examples. my students all draw pretty well!

Sunday, February 14, 2010


here is another video by antonette. a tribute to our new italian greyhound puppy, rocky. check out her original post here.

antonette on the runway

antonette has been getting a few modeling gigs lately. here is a video she put together of her recent modeling job at a famous fashion school, here in nagoya. we should be getting a dvd of her going down the runway later. for now, watch this video of her and some friends getting dolled up by the fashion school students and check out her original post here.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

snow day

believe it or not these pics are from the 2nd floor view of ECC's headquarters in kanayama, nagoya. it's a residents, but also a "business." it's a holy place where couples bring their newborn children to get blessed. it also happens to be the home of one of my students. as you can see it snowed a good amount this morning during my commute to work. snow is still very mysterious to me because i grew up in florida. this is only my second winter in a place that snows.

the photos were taken and color processed entirely on my iphone using autostitch, camerabag and photo fx.

mobile version

Friday, February 5, 2010

antonette and takeshi

so i mentioned earlier last month that antonette was in an ad campaign with kitano takeshi along with a few other of our coworkers. this video is of the posters and billboards she appeared in all over town and on the trains and subway. check out the tv commercial if you havent already.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

what's in the bag?

here are some photos. all of them were taken, processed and uploaded through iphone apps only. the first pics are of my 10th floor class room by nagoya station and are made by using autostitch then color processed with camerabag all on the iphone. last few are made with hipstamatic. all photos were uploaded using flickr for iphone. shhuper shhweet!

mobile version

Monday, February 1, 2010

Odani Misako 小谷 美紗子 - Who - Cover by Fatblueman

new addition to our new fatbluetube channel. this live performance was filmed friday, jan. 29th, 2010 at john's place and edited by yours truly. take a look. i recommend taking advantage of youtube's new 1080p HD option if your computer can handle it. also, check out this neat mobile video of them practicing i shot on my iphone just before their performance.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

daichen, take my heart

here is a quick video done by a pretty popular jvlogger here in aichi and fatblueman's #1 fan, daichen. you might have seen him recently on my channel in the fatblueman's "a fat blue christmas" music video. he was kind enough to give me a shout out for the album art that i did. you can see it beside him as he plays.

R.I.P. Rodger Swan

fellow jvlogger, Rodger Swan, has suddenly passed away. it's amazing how fast you learn things on twitter. i wish i knew him better than just a guy i subscribed to on youtube. i wasn't a huge fan of his, although he did have many. thousands even. his videos may have been a little too cute and cheesy for my taste, but they were always good, well edited and just fun to watch. if you're checking out my blog for a foreigner's perspective of living in japan you should check out his youtube page. Rodger has a lot more experience than i do and his youtube page would be an excellent resource page.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

japarents (part 1)

here is part 1 of my parent's visit to japan last summer. i know, i know - it's long over due. better late then never right? and it's nice to see a bit of summer during this miserably cold winter.
in the video you'll see some delicious food, inuyama castle, and cormorant fishing; a traditional japanese fishing method where they train cormorants to catch fish and then choke the fish out of the cormorant before the cormorant has a chance to completely swallow the fish- pretty neat!

Friday, January 22, 2010

we're on iTunes!

the new fatblueman album, "still a long way off," is up on iTunes along with my album cover ;)

it's still available for free on jamendo if you're short on cash, but want to listen to good music.

Monday, January 18, 2010

10th floor classroom (mobile video)

here is some quick footage of my new swanky classroom on the tenth floor of one of the ritzy places in town. pretty nice view. having a shhhweet view of the outside world keeps the day a little more interesting.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

antonette's ECC commercial

i mentioned earlier that antonette has been in a new ECC ad campaign that includes both printed ads as well as a tv commercial. the ads are with takeshi kitano, one of the most famous actors/filmmakers in japan. below is the tv commercial as well as one of the two printed ads. the printed ads and tv commercial can be seen nationwide. so far we've been seeing the printed ads on the subway and trains here in nagoya. pretty exciting stuff!

Monday, January 11, 2010

leaving on a jet plane

fatblueman just started their new youtube channel thats strictly for their music videos and their music production. the first video is up. it's a live performance recorded at my place. it's mostly just a test video to test filming techniques. the audio isn't the best, but we know how to fix that in the future. on another note fatblueman's new album, "still a long way off," is in the top 20 most downloaded albums on jamendo recently. if you haven't got it go get it. it's free. here is the first video on the new fatbluetube channel.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

antonette underneath herself (mobile video)

Antonette has been in a new series of ECC national advertisements. we were on the way to a grand opening of one of our schools when we noticed we sat down beneath one of the ads on the subway. more video of this to come later.

Friday, January 8, 2010

express train to dreamland (mobile video)

snapped this on the way to work this morning. check out this guy fighting to sleep in the upright position on the subway. we've all been there. so fun to watch.

Friday, January 1, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR! (mobile video)

happy new year everyone! hope everything goes well for you all in the new year. here is a quick video of us this morning at our friend's house. it snowed through the night!