Neil Gaiman’s Advice For Creative People Is Harsh, True, And Mostly Optimistic

If you are currently struggling with your art, your career path, your passion, this is a very good speech to hear.

If you never heard of Neil Gaiman you must not have consumed any content in the last 10 years. Neil’s been practically anywhere, from Books (American gods), Comics (Sandman), the movies (Stardust) and plenty of others.

Aside from being one of my favorite authors, Neil seems to have ‘wondered’ into success, rather than set a goal and charge forward. In this 20 minutes Commencement Speech at the University of the Arts from 2012 Neil pretty much throws the truth about being in the creative field in everybody’s faces, and he does it in the most charming way possible.

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Dear Adobe, I Want to Join The Creative Cloud, Please Help

Dear Almighty Adobe,

This is not a break up letter, you know I love you, but, I have questions going around in my head…. I really want to join the creative cloud, please help.

I love the idea of the Creative Cloud. Really, what’s not to love there. Laptop/desktop/tablet integration; instant updates; $10 for the photography plan. So why haven’t I moved yet. I actually consider moving almost daily. Well not daily, you know, but quite often. If you just made those really minor tweaks, I would hop over in an instant.

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Kirsty Mitchell’s ‘The Fade Of Fallen Memories’ Is An Ode To Passion And Details

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If you are not familiar with Kirsty Mitchell you may want to take a few minutes and check her work. Her latest project, Wonderland (previously) is already one of our all time favorites. Today, Kirsty released a new installment of the series and it is as amazing as everything that led to it.

This piece called The Fade Of Fallen Memories is about saying goodbye and Kirsty does a wonderful job of explaining it:

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Practical Shots: How They Executed the Car Chase Sequence for The Raid 2

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Sometimes the film you’re watching has a scene that you just can’t comprehend; you start asking yourself how in the world they could have pulled a shot like that off, and you’re absolutely sure there must have been some green-screen involved.

Though this scene may not be entirely unbelievable, it’s one of those scenes for me. When The Raid was first released in 2012, it pretty much caught America by surprise by being one of the best action films of the year, and undoubtedly the best choreographed film of that year. This year, we got The Raid 2, the bigger, grander, more action-packed sequel that was originally written before the first.

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Mind Boggling Ultraviolet Shoot 2 Years In The Making

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Sometime making a great photo is all about getting the courage to ask making it. Photographer Benjamin Von Wong recently completed a spectacular photoshoot involving one of the most talented make up artists I’ve seen – Michael Rosner. It took Ben almost two years to bring a plan together that would make a fantastic shoot worthy of the art.

Ben approached both high end designers Amber Kusanagi and Michelle Hebert, and hair Stylist Dinah Raphaelle toput together an offer Michel can not refuse.

And the shoot came to life with an ultraviolet theme. Photographing Black Light requires a lot of illumination since the material emits really low light, Ben opted for a  Broncolor UV Attachment filter which mounted on the move unit was strong enough to freeze the action. (those are only $1,500 a pop, but you can rent them, or ask your local police station forensic team for a lender).

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How They Shot The Iconic Exploding Head Scene in Scanners

In today’s movies have exploding heads, torsos and all around exploding bodies is quite common, thanks for the aid of special digital effects, but back in the 80′s getting someone’s head to explode was not as easy as starting after affects.

Scanners, David Cronenberg’s 1981 classic happens in a world where certain people have the ability to read other people’s minds and control their bodies. They are called Scanners. The story revolves around an organization, ConSec, who tries to weaponize this ability. But not everyone is happy with this plan. One of renegade scanners who is definitely not happy with this plan literally explodes one of ConSec’s Scanners heads during a demo they are performing. All done with real shot footage and without a single line of code. How did they do it?

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Photos Of A Soviet Union That Once Was

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Fine art photographer Rebecca Litchfield was commissioned earlier this year to photograph the abandoned buildings of the former Soviet Union and its Satellite states. In a long trip spanning over 10 countries and a year of many individual trips, Rebecca shot buildings in Eastern Europe, The Baltic’s, Ukraine and Russia.

This was not a random roaming around, Rebecca shares her goals which were pretty specific, while leaving space for creative freedom.

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Is Shooting A Video On Film Still Worth It?

You know Steven. He is the crazy hacker who made the Battlefield Pinhole Camera (and others….). This time around he sent me his latest music video. Here is the thing, it was shot 100% on film, and well worth the effort.

The clip was shot with a rented Aaton LTR 54, using a full Zeiss Prime f/1.2 series lens kit (80mm, 50mm, 35mm, 25mm, 16mm, 12mm, 9,5mm, 5,6mm aspheron)

First, this clip is just oozing with creativity, but that alone does not justify film. I asked Steven why he shot this on film and basically he has two reasons:

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10 Important Lessons in Creativity

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It’s confession time. I’ve been struggling lately with my creativity. The client work is fine. It’s the personal work– the stuff that’s supposed to satisfy my soul between the paid gigs– that’s taken a dip. I have a few theories, but a funk is a funk and sometimes the harder you try pushing through it the deeper it gets. Chances are I’m just over-thinking it. After all, we’re talking about art, right? You’re supposed to feel it, not think it.

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