A flare for fashion

Meet my friend Alison! She has her own fashion blog called The Flare and she’s a wonderful person with a fabulous sense of style. I had a lot of fun shooting this short profile of her and it taught me a lot about not only video techniques and editing but also about the world of fashion!

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A little inspiration

I have always really loved quotes and for years whenever I see a good one, I write it down. I have a notebook filled with inspirational quotes on every subject imaginable, I have quote books, and I also have quotes written down on my phone by the dozens. To me quotes are very special because they express exactly how you’re feeling and say exactly what you want to say, but in the most perfect way possible. You may not have the words, but someone else before you did.

I decided to put together this gallery of some of my favorite inspirational quotes, and as a background I saw it fitting to put different pictures of the sky. The sky represents no limits and clarity, and that’s what I think these quotes stand for and are trying to get at. I took the photographs myself and designed each layout. Everyone can use a little inspiration so enjoy!

Another stop motion video example- drink up!

Here is another example of a stop motion video. This one is more amateur than T-shirt War, but it still serves as a decent example of stop motion. What I like about it is that it’s simple but still has entertaining elements to it. In my opinion however, it is too long. I think 30 seconds to a minute would be perfect for this video, but 2.23 seconds is a little much. Although, it’s still a solid piece, and this is more like the kind of stop motion that I will be attempting for my project. T-shirt War is a bit too advanced for me right now, but taking an object and doing cool things with it seems to be right up my alley at this point, so this video has provided me with some inspiration as well!

Stop motion- it’s T-shirt time

Check out this awesome stop motion video that has reached 8,673,937 hits so far on YouTube. Think about how much time and effort went into creating this. I watch it and it just blows my mind! All the preparation and patience and precision that making this video must have required is incredible in my opinion. This is the best example of stop motion video that I have seen so far- not that I’m a master at finding great stop motion videos or anything.

I have an assignment for  a class to create a stop motion video and although it will not be up to par with this one, I now have a better idea of how to make one. This is such a creative idea and it’s entertaining and thoughtful and it’s excellently captured as well. Similar to T-shirt War, I want to use a compilation of photographs to create a video “flip-book” you could say. Enjoy T-shirt War and maybe you’ll find yourself being inspired as well!

multimediashooter.com exploration

The other day I was checking out multimediashooter.com, and I came across an inspiring page ( 8-rules-awesome-videos-and-inspiration-galore ) about creativity and motivation. It featured 10 different videos that are meant to motivate creators and get those creative juices flowing. A lot of these videos reminded me of what one of my college professors always tells my class. He says that although the creative process is grueling and troubling and often extremely frustrating, it is necessary. Without that self-doubt and aggravation, nothing great would ever emerge. All you have to do is get past that point; past that point of being so close to giving up that you almost do. Everyone is capable of being creative- you just have to find it within yourself.

My favorite video featured on this page is by Daniel Pink and it is called “The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us.” Pink explains to us an experiment that was done which reveals that there comes a point when money or other rewards do not motivate us anymore. Instead, what motives us is purpose. Humans have a desire to make a difference in the world and a lot of times we’re simply motivated by those means alone. Pink’s story is done very creatively with illustrations, and it’s something that you should check out.