About Blogology

Blogology is a glimpse into the work being done at Imaginology. Follow in the pursuit of its mission to improve the human condition with imagination technology. Articles in this blog are contributed by Imaginology staff, leaders in the imagination technology industry, and collaborators working on projects with Imaginology.

Monday, November 7, 2022

Bony Tony Mission

The labor of death. How a skeleton puppet helped me cope with quarantine, isolationism, grief, mourning and the pandemic.   

Bony Tony is a skeleton and puppet. A dead entity. Bony Tony represents death in visual form. If you could see death, it would look like Bony Tony. Complete with sparkling red hat and bowtie as was part of his original costume. As a representation of death, the performance and embodiment of this character is challenging and rewarding both. Sometimes even cumbersome as I have promoted Bony Tony as a social media influencer and creative force for good for many years now. To have a Bony Tony mission seemed a natural progression of my work with him. If I am to embody death when performing the character, I should have a reason for doing so. Performing in the darkness of life can have consequences and having an intention and purpose helped align the character with my own values. 

Bony's purpose - to help ease the pain and taboo of death as a topic for conversation and well-being. By acknowledging and discussing death, we are able to process and accumulate knowledge of our reaction to the topic as a means for health and healing in a real-time feedback loop. To create engaging and uplifting experiences where people and puppets interact to establish a layer of understanding between the conscious and subconscious mind.

This occurred in a great wave of interest and demand for Bony Tony during the pandemic. While the rest of the world went into lock down mode, I was gifted the opportunity to run a small puppet animation studio and produce Bony Tony segments that were being watched more than ever. Bony Tony's time had seemingly come. It was now the moment for him to produce some of his most effective work. While the world was mourning, Bony Tony was there.

Many partners are still needed. I have reached out to establish partnerships within the industry of palliative and hospice care, including an interview with Stephen Jenkinson on the topic of discussing death with children. I am also now a trained Hospice of the Valley facilitator.

Great care must be given to how the youth perceives a representation of death in a physical form. Bony Tony is a responsibility. I take my work with Bony Tony very seriously as a means of communicating compassion to the world. The youth need to experience radical forms of self expression with positive intentions.

Carrying the character of Bony Tony has been a mission of mine for 23 years now. Meeting the Skeleton Puppet Theater troupe in 1999, led me down a path of creative discovery and collaboration.

Collaborations have included such people as Creator, Writer and Puppeteers Pete DesRosiers, Character Designer - Georgann Prince, Musician - Randy Greer, Costume Designer - Ruth Anne Greer and many others including Cinematographer - Brian Thorsen, Musician - Paul Boruff, Art Director - Todd Shealy, Fabricator and Partner - Ryan Gallagher, Photographer - David Dupree, Jim Burk, Nicole Clemetson, Paul Markow and many other amazing artists in their own right. Also should be mentioned is Animator Daniel Fleck who created the underground tomb scene with ghosts, bats and spirits. All collaborators are owners of copyright as stated in the credits of each program developed and published by Imaginology.

There is an entire town of characters we have brought to life over the years. Brock Buttman (Randy Greer) has perhaps the most public exposure, having been the man on the streets and reporter for KRAPTV13. His personae engaged him with the fascinating characters and TV moments including Comicon and Roller Derby.

We have explored very little of what's possible with these characters and stories and look forward to further development. We need your support now more than ever!
Get to know Bony Tony. Bony Tony wants to be your friend and your favorite social media dead guy @ogbonytony on Instragram, Facebook and TikTok. You can also find videos at https://www.youtube.com/@imaginologyllc.
In memory of David Knight aka the original bone daddy, Bony Tony.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Adaptability in an Endemic Era

With a couple endemic years in the dust, we must now reflect on the fragile nature of humanity. The explosive nature of humanity and both the humane and inhumane aspects of humanity. 

Yes, it seems we are all learning our lessons. Whether it's in strength and courage, or frailty and the delicate nature of health and wellness. Global financial systems and supply chain disruptions due to an overwhelming over-dependence on globalized business operations and fluid transport of goods. Demonstrating just how dependent we are on allocation and availability of goods and fuels. Globally and locally.

Adaptation may be the next sustainability hot term as we learn to change course and redirect our intentions from inner exploits of passing interest to higher degrees of value. Americans are waking to the inner conflicts with consumption. Consuming fuel to arrive to an unnecessary office of individuals whom also consumed fuel and burned carbons to arrive to the same unnecessary work environment.

After years of stalled activities and uncertainty in employment and health, Americans are now identifying with their core values and acknowledging with the intent to alter the antiquated systems built to support a petroleum based economy. This old model is undergoing a cultural shift. One of lesser consumption and greater contribution. A healthy new America.

However, the existing infrastructure is still embedded into the environment and businesses systems are stacked to leverage these systems and capitalize on their operations. Removing or even simply altering their course takes time. We are undergoing a global shift in mindset and old wars are old men jokes in todays woke world. But progress is expensive, especially when profits are to be made. 

Perhaps this is why we are seeing new value systems, bit chains and currency's to support a new incoming economy that is ever further embedded in technology. However, we must also acknowledge the failure points of simplifying every concept into mere 0's and 1's. Our value systems must analyze these digits for another third possibility. A middle way.

Free higher education still seems a fantasy world away for North America. Yet this seems the obvious future. Educated and skilled humans engaged in empathic and affective labor. We must prepare for the continued mechanism of previous labor systems. To author, create and engage with a minimal carbon footprint. This will require education to live and thrive. Loneliness is the new illness and community will be required in new and unexpected ways and forms.

Creative community. Creative culture. Creator economy. Whatever you want to call it or formalize it as. The new coming lifestyle will even further expand on the notion of standing on the shoulder's of prior generations. There will be many painful global lessons along the way too. Adaptable we must become.

"Imagination is the ultimate technology."

Nathaniel Jack Greene - Chief Imaginologist and Founder, Imaginology, LLC

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Managing Virtual Festivals and Clients

 Managing clients can be one of the most challenging aspects of running a successful business.

  • Expectations
  • Budgets
  • Deliverables
  • Agreements and contracts
  • Adaptability/flexibility

Ultimately, the name of the business game for a humanist oriented mission is: to improve the human condition. This can look many ways, but starts with clients as partners aligned with your mission.

Another way is in devoting a year to another organization's non-profit cause and mission. Reducing rates by as much as 65% to ensure that the client has enough room to grow. Advancing their cause and ideally, ensuring they take you with them, as they see the ever increasing value brought to the table in addition to experience and knowledge. Somehow justifying the vast discounts provided for a good client, doing good work for the community.

Show up early. Leave Late. Commit. Grind. Sweat. Produce. Deliver. Confirm.

Unfortunately, ungrateful clients exist, work goes unnoticed, discounts are discounted, demands increase and services and products offered are undervalued.

We work hard to maintain a professional approach to all business handlings, clients, vendors and partners at Imaginology.

Contracts and agreements are how we base all of our business. Imaginology signs the same agreements we request our clients and partners to sign.

All projects are handled with a confirmation of agreement (COA). This is for everyone's protection and ensures that we are all in agreement of what we are delivering etc.

This ensures the client AND Imaginology understands the scope of the project, the timeline for completion and the materials & budget required, with payment details specified in black and white and signed by both parties.

It IS common for the client or Imaginology to need to change the scope of a project when underway. The world is imperfect and we sometimes must adapt to the new circumstances in order to continue to conduct business in a professional manner.

When clients do not acknowledge these changes in contract terms, details or even the concept of "confirmation of agreement", business gets muddy quick.

Communication with the client about these changes and their effects is crucial. Education of these concepts is drastically lacking for leadership in some arts and culture sectors.

Unfortunately, this can lead to underfunded artists and/or business relationships and even exploitation that ends unsuccessfully.

After 25 years of business in multimedia productions, we have seen many client types, productions successes as well as a few failures. 

When Imaginology is doing it's greatest service, it is sometimes simply educating the client, customers and the industry on opportunities for improvement. A good lesson is one that is learned loud and clear.

Given the erratic business climate of a pandemic year, clients appear to be learning the hard way this year.

Imaginology is holding fast to these standards and invites you to reach out to us for consultation on making your live, virtual festival, event or digital culture experience a success worthy of a legacy.

"Imagination is the ultimate technology."

Nathaniel Jack Greene - Chief Imaginologist and Founder, Imaginology, LLC

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Return of Flesh Eating Ghouls From Outer Space - Concept Teaser

A concept teaser trailer for the much anticipated sequel to the cult hit, "Flesh Eating Ghouls From Outer Space". Crash landing near YOU! 

Production by Imaginology, LLC