Posted On:March 2009 | Greyscalegorilla


Show N Tell Show Interview – Slow Motion Theatre

March 31, 2009 - By 

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I had a fun time being interviewed at the Show N’ ‘Tell Show last night. I showed some videos that were shot a couple years ago and haven’t seen the light of day… until now. The format was great, I wish that I had the “Mom” of the show on camera. She really made the show; cracking jokes and asking me not so swear. She was really funny. I wish I would have framed her up in the shot so you could see. Anyway, if you didn’t make it this week, they will be at the Chicago Cut & Paste festival next Saturday. I will be judging the Motion Category and hanging through the show. Stop on by and say hi if you’re in town. Anyway, here is the recording of me on stage at last night’s Show N’ Tell. I also posted all of the videos below so you have a better look at all of the Slow Motion Theatre films. Enjoy!


David On Ideas – Ideas are Almost Worthless

March 30, 2009 - By 

What you should be focusing on instead is Execution and Perseverance

A mediocre idea with fantastic execution and staying power is going to be an awesome success

A fantastic idea with a guy who cant hold a single thought in his head for five minutes and thinks of another great idea is not going to be anything.

– David Heinemeier Hansson

From: The Real World: A video of David’s talk at FOWA Dublin


New After Effects Tutorial at Aetuts+ Retro 80s Title Animation

March 30, 2009 - By 

Aetuts+ just posted my “Design an Awesome 80’s Inspired Title Animation” tutorial today. Head on over and check it out. For those of you that wanted a more advanced tutorial, this one is for you. Let me know what you think of it and what other tutorials you want to see.


New 5 Second Project – “Circle Vs. Square”

March 27, 2009 - By 

Over FIFTY entries in last week’s theme! This week’s theme is “Circle Vs. Square”.

Need an excuse to make something cool this week? Well now is your chance. Use this theme to make a short motion piece and link it in the comments of this blog post. “Shout Box” submissions will not be found and added to the channel. Please be sure to post a link in this post’s comments to ensure me seeing it.

Great work so far on these themes. It’s really great to see so much participation. Don’t forget to push yourself to try something new every week. Always wanted to try a specific technique, idea, or piece of software? Now is your chance to make something new and great. Can’t wait!!!

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Simple HTML Tips Posted Above the Google Chicago Urinal

March 26, 2009 - By 

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What the Google Chicago Employes read when they pee. I picked up a tip or three.


GSG Cast: Flip Mino HD vs Canon HV10

March 26, 2009 - By 

Super unfair test between a $600 1080 HD HV10 Canon camcorder and the Flip Mino HD. Just wanted to see how my new toy stacked up against my everyday workhorse Canon. It did pretty well I must say. The color was a little washed out, but the video quality holds up pretty well. What do you think? I will have a more detailed review of the Flip Mino HD soon.

In other news:
I will be speaking at the Show ‘n Tell Show this Sunday, March 29th. Be there or be square. I will be recording it so there will be a less fun video-based option for those of you that can’t/won’t make it.


Stu on Video in DSLRs

March 25, 2009 - By 

Saying that photographers need to learn video because their cameras now feature video is like saying that you need to start a rock band because you bought an iMac that ships with Garage Band.

It is entirely possible that you are a still photographer who has no interest in video. That is OK. You know what’s pretty cool? Photography.

The only reason for a photographer to start doing video is an interest in shooting video.


The video mode on these DSLRs is exactly wrong for photojournalists.

But it’s exactly right for filmmakers.

Filmmakers have time to set up a shot. They control their environments. They can try a few different primes before settling on one. They expect to use manual focus. They plan on dual-system sound recording that involves a whole extra person who thinks only about sound. And they are gaga for shallow depth-of-field.

Filmmakers, at all levels from pros to wannabes, are thrilled about video DSLRs. They get it, they want it, and they know how to work around the limitations—if they even think of them as limitations.

Everyone else is scratching their heads wondering if they suddenly need to learn to pull focus, and if photography is dead. They’re so busy hating on the crippled video in the new 500D that they’ve overlooked that it’s a great stills rig at a great price.

Stu Maschwitz


Balloons in Black and White Midpoint

March 25, 2009 - By 

Only 3 days left until the deadline for the “Balloons in Black and White” Project. What a great turnout so far. I love seeing all the different approaches. Make sure to post a comment with a link here at the blog so that I can add it to the channel.

Here are my favorites so far.


GSG Cast 03.20: New 5 Second Project – Balloons In Black And White

March 20, 2009 - By 

Over forty entries in last week’s theme! This week’s theme is “Balloons in Black and White”. Only videos in black and white will be accepted.

Need an excuse to make something cool this week? Well now is your chance. Use this theme to make a short motion piece and link it in the comments of this blog post or in the Vimeo channel’s shout box.

Don’t forget to watch this week’s LayerTennis today.

Edit: Here is my submission for “Coffee and Triangles”


DK Possibly Awesome 2.0

March 19, 2009 - By 

You may have been following, but we have been doing these short projects at work as well. For last weeks theme, we typed in the original theme “Five Seconds and Orange” into youtube and the first link was this video from the video game, Portal.

We decided that the theme would be to “Use this Sound” from the youtube video. Here are the results…


What to Try to do in a Recession

March 19, 2009 - By 


GSG Cast: Coffee and Triangles Midpoint –

March 18, 2009 - By 

Coffee and Triangles: Great turnout! 29 videos and counting!

Watch them all at the Vimeo Channel

Check out: Chad’s new site,

Coffee and Triangles Roundup: