The Guru #1: Directing

This was a nice listen. The beginnings of film director David O Russell, The movie influences of Romola Garai, and more.

Another favorite from BAFTA was the David Lean Lecture by Paul Greengrass.

I’m a growing fan storytelling, directing, and action/thriller stuff. So yeah, this is good stuff.

Cloud Nine

Arpeggiator Plugin

The arpeggiator plugin from Logic Pro X is an amazing tool. Along with track stacks, I was able to produce some nice sounds. Think of several instruments or sounds layered together acting as one. If you choose them right, you might come up with interesting music.  With three simple tracks, I was able to produce a drum groove, a track stack of 3 instruments, and some ambient sounds in the breaks of the song. The approach was pretty simple. What sounds can I come up with 3-5 notes?  an arpeggiator effect? and solid drum patterns? and Voila.  Anyways, I thought it would be nice to shared the process. I hope to do it again soon. Enjoy it and download it for any creative use.

 

The Underdog

I think I’m ready to write my super hero story. For one, I’m super motivated by the stuff I’ve been watching lately (Star Wars, Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Gotham, Brooklyn Nine Nine,  X-Men and more). I want to bring something different to the market. Maybe a hero with some Latin flavor. This is not the first time I mention it.  I don’t want to bring another cape crusader. I’m actually in search for an underdog.  Some one weak, reluctant, and the closest thing to being normal. Yet, a story filled with action, adventure, and entertainment. Most importantly, I want to work on a character that can teach us something. Gone are the days where we learn something from a super hero. It’s rare. I want to be one of the few that brings that back.

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Game Night For Two

That’s a silly song title. I usually don’t think about it too much. I just write whatever comes to mind first.  But yeah, this is the most recent stuff I’ve been fiddling with.

There’s much to learn. Musically and Technically. For one, songwriting is tough. I usually follow my gut. What sounds good? What feels right? But  to make a judgment like that towards the end when you’re actually mixing is a tough on. Messing around with EQ, Compression, Reverbs, an stuff is no joke. It’s something I want to get better at.

 

The Creative Frustration

I’m comparing my terrible first-attempt designs to the beautiful work I’m stumbling upon in Tumblr. I think it’s just plain dumb to keep doing that. And us creatives, keep doing it so often. Hindering our health, growth, and success as a creator. Will we ever be satisfied? Will we ever be good? I’ve dealt with this issue more than once. It’s not a pleasant feeling. It’s the closest thing to depression, I think.

It’s frustrating. Not knowing enough. And the restrictions of time! Hate it.

I think this is when we have to accept, we can’t do everything. We can’t know everything or enough. We will never be as our taste. Our taste will always a be a step ahead.

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Color Theory

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I can’t express how important color is when it comes to the craft of filmmaking, animation, and storytelling. Colors can say so much. It’s personal,  spiritual, and part of every art and culture. Think about it.  It’s crucial to know how they blend, mix, compliment, and are used to the benefit of a story.  While playing with the color and textures tools within Illustrator and Cinema 4D, it frustrated me how much of a hard time I had figuring out the colors. I plan to change that.  Here’s some nice references to have. Thanks to CCDZN , Seth Wilson , Apartment Ideas,  and others.

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Kids Summitt in Miami

This could of been the perfect opportunity to network and dive in the animation industry right at home, Miami. But here I come to find out about it two days after it’s over! What are the odds of that? Bad timing, I guess. But now that I know about it, I’ll keep my eyes and ears open for it next year. My interest with the hopes attending kind of reveals what’s been going through my mind this pass few weeks. For one, animation has been a big part of my creative homework. The technical and incorporation aspect of it in my filmmaking has been a huge motivation for new stories. From the actual animation through the use of programs like Illustrator, After Effects, and Cinema 4D, to writing, industry news, and now to maybe launching a kids and entertainment channel to test some new stuff. With all of this said, the Kidscreen Summit could of been a nice thing to attend . But not having anything in hand, could of been a waste of time for me and others. So, next year we might have something to present to people who know people that knows people that pays people to do what I do.

Here’s a bit more about them. Got this from their website.

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Steven Spieldberg on Story

Here some quotes from Spieldberg that I think are pretty powerful. 

“The older I get, the more I look at movies as a moving miracle. Audiences are harder to please if you’re just giving them special effects, but they’re easy to please if it’s a good story. The audience is also the toughest critic – a good story that exists in your world may not be the first choice for an audience. So I just do the best I can.

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YouTube Kids

Families worldwide are watching millions of videos on YouTube. And lately, those of us at YouTube have been working on a new way for our kids—and yours—to discover and explore videos on every topic in, well, the universe. — Youtube Blog

This is kind of a big deal. I’m excited about this. And for two reasons, from a parent and business perspective. As a dad, I tip my hat to the people at YouTube for bringing on an App  like this that gives us parents a piece of mind when our young ones are browsing the internet. I have tiny little girl,that’s consuming and imitating everything she sees. As you can imagine, I’m being extremely cautious of every click and tap she makes on my iPhone. One time, I saw her watching one of her favorite cartoons but completely dubbed with obscenities and profanities. I was in shock when in reached my ears. Children are only a tap away from any kind of mature content. We are responsible of filtering that.

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