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Feb 2014

Five Tips for Successful Collaborating

As part of Public Records #Top5Tuesday I was asked to provide them with a list of my top 5 tips for a successful collaboration. So you’re a musician and you’ve got a concept for a music video floating around. Or maybe you’re a filmmaker and every time you hear a song you see the perfect video in your head. Or maybe you’re two filmmakers and you just need to make that short film. Either way, you’ve found someone you’re excited to work with. Finally, someone you trust! Now what?

1) Delegate Roles

The first step in a successful collaboration is to delegate roles. Everyone wants to have their hands on every part of the project and if that’s what you agree and that’s how you can work, more power to you. I’m assuming that, more often than not, you won’t be working with much (or any!) budget and you’ll probably be on a tight schedule. Two heads are better than one and two people working a 12 hour work day becomes 24 hours of work completed. When you can trust someone is organizing locations, it’s a lot easier to focus on keeping your production under budget.

2) Be Open to Suggestion

Even while you all work on your own roles, remember to gather feedback from the rest of the team. A great suggestion can come from anywhere and anyone. You may think you know the absolute shit out of everything — and maybe you do — but debating ideas is important for creativity and achieving “Group Genius.”

3) Make a Meal Together

You learn a lot about people when you make a meal together in a kitchen and making a deeper connection with each other keeps your idea red-hot. No wonder you both have the same neon-vision-of-a-future-landscape-for-this-video-but-what-the-80’s-thought-the-future-would-look-like because of course you watched the same movies growing up! I love broccoli too! Using cooking as a creative shift can be just as refreshing as taking a break and will help rejuvenate your creative process. Plus there’s a good chance you’ve all been working long days and not eating properly; right now is a great time to make sure everyone’s getting some produce in them.

4) Talk About Everything

Don’t hold on to anger, celebrate your small victories and be aware that just about everything can go wrong on your project. Building your collaboration is, in a lot ways, like building a family. Respect the people you’re collaborating with and work through problems. Clear the air.

5) Choose One Thing That Scares You

A huge upside to working with people now is that you never know who might look you up down the road when they’re working with that million dollar budget. You also have a chance to share risks and grow in the process. Try something new. The more you feel yourself resisting doing something, the more that means it’s something you need to do. Push your boundaries, learn something about yourself, aim to make the world a better place.

 

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  • Feb 22, 2014
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13

Jan 2014

As part of his film Stainless, photographer Adam Magyar shot high speed cameras out the window of his subway train car in three different cities: New York, Berlin and Tokyo. The result is a stunning and still masterpiece. The featured video is from 42 Street—Grand Central.

Here’s Tokyo

And Berlin

 

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  • Jan 13, 2014
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20

Dec 2013

This is totally incredible. The classic Jonny Quest intro, re-created in painfully time-consuming stop-motion animation.  Roger D. Evans does the show proud.

More after the jump

 

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  • Dec 20, 2013
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27

Jun 2013

I’m a little late to the table with this, but while planning the High Tide Fashion Show/Fundraiser I’ve been looking up new music by old (subjective term) favourites, like Montreal’s CFCF. Upon hearing the Exercise EP, track 3 kept standing out and I’m sure it’s because I’ve seen the video before. I’m digging The Giver vibe here.

I also came across this fan version below:

I don’t know about it being sped up, but I feel like the cityscape’s lend themselves well to the song. Would love to see a mix between the official video, and aerial/helicopter shots of these huge cities, all in black and white.

 

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  • Jun 27, 2013
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Jun 2013

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Deutsche & Japaner, a design studio created in 2009 and responsible for some great branding pieces including Bruno Mars logotype, took part in FLAGS, an exhibition at the ABOUT Independent Publishing Fair in Mainz.

The flag they designed was one of my favourites for it’s use of shapes and colours, but all the flags are pretty impressive. Check them out if you get a chance.

 

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  • Jun 21, 2013

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Apr 2013

Title Track from M83’s Score for “Oblivion”

In what is good news for literally the whole entire world, M83‘s Anthony Gonzalez provided the score for the Tom Cruise-starring sci-fi film Oblivion. The track “Oblivion”, features Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør. Anythony himself has confirmed via Twitter that it’s from the films End Credits.

According to Rolling Stone, Gonzalez collaborated with Joseph Trapanese on the soundtrack; Trapanese previously collaborated with Daft Punk on the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy. The soundtrack arrives April 9 via Back Lot Records. The film, directed by Joseph Kosinski, apparently pays homage to the science fiction films of the 1970s, which is just peachy. It will be released on April 19.

 

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  • Apr 01, 2013
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14

Mar 2013

Meet Maxim, the young inventor of a truly jaw-dropping new technology with limitless applications that will eliminate the need for screens and monitors — and all manner of electronic junk.

 

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  • Mar 14, 2013
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Feb 2013

I get a lot of inspiration from vintage pulp cartoons and sci-fi films from the 30’s—60’s, it drives a lot of what of the design choices of films and print work I do. I also love the people who nod to this bygone era of hope for the future, like Sky Captain director Kerry Conran. I recently came across this old Superman animated short from 1941 and couldn’t believe the quality and smoothness of the animation in it, on-par with some of ’80s greats like Akira. I can definitely see the similarities in the 1990’s Batman Animated Series to this original comic. The colour, lighting and futuristic technologies in this are just fantastic.

 

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  • Feb 26, 2013
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13

Feb 2013

This is a really great video from Samsung titled Unleash Your Fingers.

 

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  • Feb 13, 2013
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Feb 2013

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I’ve always loved symmetry (to an almost OCD state of being) and found that’s often been on par with a love for geometry. It’s exciting to see it revisited in design these days with the help of newer computers, it’s all very beautiful. Seth Hardie has been taking some great Instagrams (@hallwood) using the iPad app Poly. I mean, I already want to buy an iPad, but this is enough to really push me over the edge.

 

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  • Feb 11, 2013