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Is Creativity Worth It?

Katie Baker —  September 19, 2012

My first thought would be yes. Of course creativity is worth it. All things wonderful and entertaining are born from creative minds, but lately I’ve wondered if it takes a special kind of person to deal with the side effects of being creative.

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As I’ve been compiling notes for my (temporally shelved) book on iOS Filmmaking, I’ve noticed that filmmaking iOS apps aren’t exactly spreading like wildfire. I was a little surprised at first; filmmakers as a whole tend to be the cutting-edge, Apple-loyal types. I’ve found so many apps already that I consider essential to my workflow, apps that save me time and support better communication within my team. What’s gone wrong?

While AT&T’s dismal LA area cell service in the early days of the iPhone may be partly to blame, I have noticed a couple of things I feel are holding iOS back:

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In parts 1 and 2 of How to Quit Your Day Job and Follow Your Dreams we discussed understanding your why, and what kinds of goals you should be setting. Today we’re talking about establishing your platform.

Welcome to 2012. If you’re going to put yourself out there, you have to build a platform. Your platform is your soapbox, your megaphone to the world. What exactly it looks like is entirely up to you. Sometimes all you need is an email address, others may find they need to be on every service imaginable. Here are some of the guidelines that I’ve discovered both in research and practice: Continue Reading…

If you’re just joining us, in part 1 of this series, we talked about the importance of knowing and understanding your ‘why.’ I walked away from a secure, good paying media production job to pursue my dream of becoming a full-time filmmaker. This is no flight of fancy or delusional entitlement; I spend almost an entire year thinking and planning my escape from the 9-to-5.

Today we’re going to be talking about goals. Not the ones you talked about with your Guidance Counselor, I’m talking about the nitty-gritty, full-contact type goals you need to push through to success. Ready to get your hands dirty? Continue Reading…

I believe all of creation is telling a story, whispering secrets to us.

It’s so fun to find things in other things, like the layers in a painting. If we look closely we can enjoy that there is so much more going on under the surface, over the surface and relating in between the many faces.

I do believe in a personal God. One that enjoys sending special messages to individuals in big and small ways. Is it possible for a cloud to be formed just for you? Although it may be enjoyed by many, I happen to think it could be formed at a certain time, in a certain way to speak a certain thing just to you. Continue Reading…

Are our day jobs killing us? Katie asked this very question a while back, and I felt it warranted a follow-up.

In the Fall of 2011 I walked away from a secure, good paying job to pursue my dream of making films. As of this writing it’s been about nine months. There have been many difficulties, but the steps I took to test and prepare for this decision are really paying off.

If you’re itching to do the same but are not sure how to proceed, or are afraid you’re making a huge mistake, I want to invite you along for my very first multi-part blog series: How to Quit Your Day Job and Follow Your Dreams. Continue Reading…

Every screenplay I’ve worked on has demanded very different things from me. Sometimes I need to be home blasting some Derek Webb, other times I need to be out and about, writing wherever I can find a quiet spot.

I need the flexibility to move at a moments notice, and that means having the right iOS apps on hand to keep the creative process moving. I’ve complied a collection of apps I’ve found useful while writing, a few of my gripes, and a new alternative that could transform the way people write on their iDevices.

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Normally on sites like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo, a project is not funded unless it meets its fundraising goal. Even if it’s $1 short on the day of the deadline, everyone’s money is refunded. But, on IndieGoGo and other crowd-sourcing sites, a ‘Flexible Funding’ option exists where all funds pledged during the campaign are delivered, regardless of whether the goal is met.

There are obvious situations where ‘Flexible Funding’ makes sense (as was the case with our successful Avarice campaign), but for the average fundraiser, it should be a no no.

What’s so bad about it? Wouldn’t you want to keep the money you raised? Isn’t some money better than none?

Whether you’re a potential donor or hopeful fundraiser, here are three warnings against the dangers of ‘Flexible Funding:’

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Thrift Store Fun!

Sarah Hascher —  June 13, 2012

I love Thrift Stores. It’s like going on a little adventure every time you set foot in one.

If you’ve spent any length of time in a thrift shop, you would discover there are some funny things out there. By funny I mean scary.

Thrift stores are great places to find film wardrobe, props and set dressings. They can also be a great way to humor yourself. Continue Reading…

I’ve never been good at sports, a tolerable singer, or a 4.0 student, so high school was a drag for me…until I got involved in theater. For one week a semester I felt like a rock star. My senior year I got to play Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Those were the “good ol’ days” I look back fondly on.

Imagine my shock to get an email from a friend of a friend who needed help finishing the motion graphics for THE FLIPPING TONY AWARDS! My very first broadcast gig was for the biggest night in theater! I about fell over.

I had to pick myself up quickly, though, because what ensued was a fast-paced week of animating, revising, red bull drinking, and sleep deprivation.

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