Articles

My unfortunate experience with Aero Quartet and Treasured software

I don’t hate many things, but I hate Aero Quartet. If you’ve ever had to deal with Aero Quartet, or come across their software Treasured you probably know what I am feeling. Their perfect etiquette, the cheap price for their service, and the simple fact they can do something that no one else can. They make me jealous – and that is a rare thing to do. Before you get confused to the title, and the extreme sarcastic opening, I absolutely love Aero Quartet. Now I think it is vital to mention that this is not a sponsored article, or...

Continue reading article

How to be a video editor: The basics

I’ve been following the editing game for a long time and I’ve been editing for nearly as long as that time too. But one thing that really astounds me is what people dismiss as being the basics of being an editor. You’ll probably read this and say, “are you serious?” or “surely this is some sort of joke post!” but I assure you (and I am deadly serious) on how many of these factors editors fail to adhere to. Let’s break down some fundamental aspects which you should be applying. Keyboard layouts and shortcuts I kid you not, the amount...

Continue reading article

Hollywood accounting and Piracy

Why do people pirate films and television shows? It is the burning question that has Hollywood executives and producers alike trying to figure out (despite really knowing why). But is there more to this topic than just accessibility to content, and it’s immediacy? We might as well delve right into this, because you’re going to be shitting bricks. In the recent article on Kotaku the author Mark Serrels explains how he went about trying to legally obtain a copy of Game of Thrones. And by obtain, I mean watch it through the legal broadcast service in Australia – Foxtel. I...

Continue reading article

Writing hidden characters

So the first post of 2015 comes a third of the way into the year but I sure you there has been good reasons. But to break up that hiatus, is an interesting discussion about writing characters. There are thousands, if not millions of resources about writing characters for your television show or your film. They often tell you about writing about a back story, and make them seem human. There seems to be some sort of check list that will form (even in the new age manuals who claim there is “no one way”). What they won’t tell you,...

Continue reading article

#InspirationFriday: Beta Beta Bar

Look I’ll be upfront about this, I’ve worked on some promotional stuff for the people behind Beta Beta Bar. I even made a crowdfunding video for the actual Beta Bar, but I didn’t want Inspiration Fridays to become a platform for promotion or unwarranted praise. It is a place to showcase some of the work that is done around the world, express a message from it, or simply inspire. So this comes (purposely) nearly a month after the closure of their crowdfunding campaign so we can explain independently from the pledges how this should be an inspiration for people out...

Continue reading article

#InspirationFriday: Patience is a Virtue

A friend of mine told me about a video essay that he watched about Leonardo Da Vinci which changed his outlook on life, and mentality of current social trends. I have linked to the videos before as Hot Links but I think this warrants a post explaining (or highlighting) the message. It is no secret that Da Vinci was an excellent person who excelled in nearly every field he dabbled in. We still project his work, admire the masterpieces, and marvel the craftsmanship. But what we forget is that he, like all of us, had to work his way through...

Continue reading article

#InspirationFriday: Design vs. Practicality

This Inspiration Friday is going to be a down and dirty one. One of the most important lessons you will learn the further you get into your creative process will be: “Who is my audience?” or more importantly “Who is my client?” I know what you’re doing right now, and that’s sharpening your pitchforks ready to combat the fact that I have said the client is more important than the audience. In an idealistic world, yes the audience is more important, but in reality the client is the one who will allow it to be approved for the audience to...

Continue reading article

#InspirationFriday: Unique teaching

This Inspiration Friday branches off from three previous posts (Engagement, Have Fun, and Create Usefulness/Uselessness) but I didn’t want to mash it into other posts because I think it definitely warrants it’s own Inspiration Friday praise. A project by Josh Worth it is called, “If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel – A Tediously Accurate Map of Our Solar System” and I have to say, it is simply one of the most beautiful and well designed projects I have ever seen. One of the greatest challenges growing up as a kid (and even as an adult) is comprehending how big...

Continue reading article

#InspirationFriday: Create usefulness/uselessness

This week the inspiration comes from not one, but two near identical ideas: HEX clocks. Both the developers of the clocks – Jaca Pocolo HEX Clock and The Colour Clock – have an interesting idea, and something very visually appealing. The idea of a HEX clock is something I’m borderline about. Is it useful or useless? I understand it’s premise, and how it is a unique approach to the idea of a clock, but what does it offer that a normal clock doesn’t already do? And this is when it struck me! This epiphany point of view of the whole...

Continue reading article

#InspirationFriday: Have fun

Having fun is possibly the only way you should live your life. Nothing is enjoyable if there is no fun, but it doesn’t strike a more important chord than when you’re talking about creativity. Working in some very stressful workplaces, under some intense deadlines can make you question whether the product is really worth that stress. But when you’re having fun, then you actually want to be there and I guess that’s the time where productivity is high. You’ve probably seen those final days of shooting for The Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter where the cast and crew...

Continue reading article