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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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Feb 2011

Moleskine Silk Screen Printing

Take an up-close look on how Moleskine notebooks are customized. This decorating procedure is used to create Moleskine custom edition.


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  • Feb 05, 2011
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Jan 2011

Live the Language

Some really great typography and cinematography in these commercials for EF Language Schools directed by Gustav Johansson. The excellent examples of typography are thanks to Albin Holmqvist.


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  • Jan 27, 2011
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Sep 2010

Pigeons at Dawn

Extraordinary efforts are being made
To hide things from us, my friend.
Some stay up into the wee hours
To search their souls.
Others undress each other in darkened rooms.
The creaky old elevator
Took us down to the icy cellar first
To show us a mop and a bucket
Before it deigned to ascend again
With a sigh of exasperation.
Under the vast, early-dawn sky
The city lay silent before us.
Everything on hold:
Rooftops and water towers,
Clouds and wisps of white smoke.
We must be patient, we told ourselves,
See if the pigeons will coo now
For the one who comes to her window
To feed them angel cake,
All but invisible, but for her slender arm.

Charles Simic, Pigeons at Dawn


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  • Sep 02, 2010
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Jun 2010


Hauntology is an idea within the philosophy of history introduced by Jacques Derrida in his 1993 work Spectres of Marx. The word, a portmanteau of haunt and ology, and a near-homophone to ontology in Derrida’s native French, deals with “the paradoxical state of the spectre, which is neither being nor non-being”, according to a professor at RMIT University.

The idea suggests that the present exists only with respect to the past, and that society after the end of history will begin to orient itself towards ideas and aesthetics that are thought of as rustic, bizarre or “old-timey”; that is, towards the “ghost” of the past. In this, it is has some similarity with the cyberpunk literary movement. Derrida holds that because of this intellectual realignment, the end of history will be unsatisfactory and untenable.

The name and concept fundamentally come from Marx’s assertion that a “spectre is haunting Europe, the spectre of communism.” Derrida holds that the spirit of Karl Marx is even more relevant after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the demise of communism, that the West’s separation from the ignorance of the suffering still present in the world will “haunt” it and provide the impetus for a fresh interest in communism.

The idea of hauntology has been criticised by a number of philosophers including Jürgen Habermas and Richard Rorty.


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  • Jun 13, 2010
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