Friday Sunrise

The benefits of being up and about town early. #sunrise

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Puzzle monster

Unfinished business. #vangoghpuzzle #toomuchblue

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Staying inspired through reading

My how time flies when you’re working hard on a new project. Before you know it, months have passed since the last time you wrote. Oops.

I’ve been feeling a burn out coming on for the last couple weeks, so I’ve scaled back on some of my work to make time for “fun” reading. Reading is my favorite way to refill the creative well and refresh the soul, but when I’m pressed for time, it is also the first thing I cut out. Ditching fun reading is an unfortunate habit I picked up in college that is perpetuated by a workaholic nature.

Gut churn and the creative process

“At the beginning it always felt like life or death.”

Why Pressgram will be great for filmmakers

tivaevae researchOne of the keys to becoming a successful indie filmmaker/creator is to build an audience that is willing to support your work. BTS (or behind-the-scenes) photos are one of the easiest and most obvious ways to connect with your audience, it’s pretty much filmmaking 101. At minimum you should be remembering to whip out your cell phone every once in a while. At best you’ll be putting some planning into it and be strategic in your BTS photos and videos.

Lately I’ve been using my personal Instagram account to drop some hints about my next project. As development continues and we move into fundraising, the opportunity for photos only increases. Instagram is great because it’s fast, easy, and free – all important components to the shoestring indie project.

New to comics: Episode 3 – Art and meaning

In this final episode, we spend a significant chunk of time discussing Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli. While I haven’t had a chance to dig in and read Asterios Polyp yet, it was fascinating to flip through the book as we were recording. When we started this journey, one of my primary goals was to uncover a story that could only be told in comic form. Asterios Polyp is one such story, where everything from the art style to the lettering change throughout the book in order to to tell the story.

The show notes are shorter than usual, mostly because we spend the majority of the episode discussing the art and deeper meanings that can be found in comics. Think of the notes as guide posts for the conversation.

(By the way, when ABC is airing a Star Wars / Marvel crossover TV series Chewie and The Beast [aka Hank McCoy] in a couple years, just remember that you heard it here first).

New to comics: Episode 2 – The continuity complexity

What starts as an explanation of pull lists quickly morphs into a conversation about comic book stores. So far, I’ve been to three different comic book stores and the general vibe towards anyone who was obviously not a seasoned veteran was…less than welcoming. It’s a problem that plagues the comic (and geek) culture. Unfortunately, there won’t be any drastic improvements until people start to recognize there’s a problem and become more proactive in making n00bs feel at ease.

New to comics: Episode 1 – How and what to read

Did you know there is a right way and a wrong way to read comic books? Yeah, I didn’t either until last year. I’m working on widening my appreciation and understanding of different types of storytelling, and I thought comics would be a good place to start.

To get started, I enlisted to the help of a couple of comic aficionados – who also happen to be two of my best friends – Nick Lane and Lauren Williams. Listen in as we discuss how to read comics for n00bs like myself, as well as which books you should read first and which ones to save until you’re more experienced.

The intersection of art, craft, and trade

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“The truth is that story is an art, a craft, and a trade. Only when all three aspects are in perfect harmony do you get a classic.” – Robert McKee.

I’ve been preparing a 3-week podcast series on how to read comics for the uninitiated (aka n00bs like me). It turns out that picking up a comic book isn’t always as easy as it looks, particularly if you have years experience of reading “regular” books. The first episode goes up this Friday, March 15th.

Refresh your perspective

There comes a point in every creative project where you hit the proverbial wall. It might be writer’s block, designer’s block, or an unexpected problem. When you hit the road block you have a couple of choices. You could continue to fight until you break through the barrier. Or you could try hitting the pause button for a while instead.

One of the projects I’m currently developing is a feature-length documentary film that I’ve been calling The Quilting Thing (no, that’s not even a working title). In the early stages it was all research. Everything was zipping along with positivity and sunshine. However, when it came time to turn research into a treatment and a business plan, the storm arrived.

Every time I looked through my notes my frustration increased. It looked like a mess of information that went in ten directions with no connecting threads weaving everything together. Nothing to serve as a foundation for the story. No story? No film.