Posted On:April 2009 | Greyscalegorilla

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Five Second Project – “Hero”

April 24, 2009 - By 

This week’s Five Second Project theme is “Hero”. 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 will not be added to the channel. Please be sure to post a link in this post’s comments to ensure me seeing it.

It’s really great to see so much participation. Tell a friend about the five second projects and get them involved too. Don’t forget to push yourself to try something new every week. What about a new piece of software or technique you have wanted to try?

Bottom line… MAKE COOL SHIT!

Need some more help getting started? Check out my After Effects and Cinema 4D tutorials.

Here are the HERO! projects so far…


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GSG Cast: ShakeItPhoto and How to Set up a Photoblog in 5 Minutes

April 20, 2009 - By 

In today’s cast, I show you a demonstration of my new Photography iPhone App, ShakeItPhoto.. I also show you how to set up your own Posterous account so you can photo-blog directly from your iPhone. If you are using ShakeItPhoto, drop a link in the comments to your photos. I love seeing them. Thanks!

Buy ShakeItPhoto at the iTunes Store

Official ShakeItPhoto Site

My Posterous ShakeItPhoto Blog

Alexia’s Posterous ShakeItPhoto Blog


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ShakeItPhoto Launches

April 16, 2009 - By 

It’s been 3 months in the making and 3 months of waiting for Apple approval, but wait no more… ShakeItPhoto is ready for download at the iTunes App store for the low price of 99 cents. Take a photo and shake it like a polaroid to make it develop! I have been having a ton of fun with the app at my Posterous Blog and on Flickr.

I would love to hear what you think of it. A review or two would be helpful too (I love feedback!) We are really excited about this app and can’t wait to hear what you have to say. What are you waiting for?

Take it, Shake it, Share it!
Cheesy tag-line eh?


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Becoming a Creative Creator – My Journey Through School and Into A Job. Q&A

April 14, 2009 - By 

The number one question that I get asked is “How did you get into Motion Graphics?” More specifically, people want to know the steps to take to get into a creative industry.

I got a set of questions from a student named Izzy about this topic. He wanted to know what school I went to and how I ended up at Digital Kitchen. I decided to answer these questions on video so that I could share the answers with everybody.

Questions:

  • How did you get started in animation??
  • Where did you go to college??
  • Was it worth it??
  • What were your first thought when graduated??
  • Did you have any idea where you were going when you got out of college??
  • Is it any surprise to you that you are where you are now??
  • Do you like where you are now??
  • You seem to have alotta time to experiment, how much of that is at work or directly related??
  • How much time do you usually put in at work per week??
  • How do you keep from getting burned out??
  • When you are looking to hire do you do that per project??
  • Do you look for people who are specialized in one area? Or do you find generalists to fit the bill??
  • Does it really come down to working really hard and applying for jobs and getting them eventually over time??

The Movie that Got Me Into Motion Graphics: MK12 – Man Of Action
Trust me, this shit was HOT in 2000!

Please leave your questions, if you have them, in the comments and I can answer them in a future GSG Cast.

Make sure to check out “How to be Creative and Get Paid” for a less scatterbrained look at how to become a creative and creator.


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Jim on Hiring and Curiosity

April 13, 2009 - By 

We don’t care so much about talent. Were more interested in taste.

There is that old saying that the meek shall inherit the earth. Well, I think that’s crap… I think it will be the curious that will inherit the earth.

– Jim Coudal

Full Presentation Video
Coudal Site


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New Five Second Project: “Peanut Butter and Jelly”

April 10, 2009 - By 

Awesome turn out and really good work last week for the Your Name Project. This is getting really fun!

This week’s theme is “Peanut Butter and Jelly”. 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 will not be added to the channel. Please be sure to post a link in this post’s comments to ensure me seeing it.

It’s really great to see so much participation. Tell a friend about the five second projects and get them involved too. Don’t forget to push yourself to try something new every week. What about a new piece of software or technique you have wanted to try?

Bottom line… MAKE COOL SHIT!

Need some more help getting started? Check out my After Effects and Cinema 4D tutorials.

Here are the entries so far…


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Your Name – Midpoint

April 9, 2009 - By 

More great entries this week. You have two more full days to get your video in. Stay tuned to Five Second Projects. We have some contests and other fun ideas planned. Here are some of my favorites so far. Great work everyone!

RSS Readers, go to the blog to watch the videos.


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New Five Second Project: “Your Name”

April 3, 2009 - By 

UPDATE: The “Your Name” project has ended. This week’s contest just started. Check it out here

Really great work last week for the Circle Vs Square Project. The work keeps getting better and better!

This week’s project is all about YOU. Everyone needs some personal pimping. Need to finally make that reel intro you have been putting off? Maybe you always wanted to see your name in lights? Now is your chance. Use this theme to make a short motion piece with your name or company’s logo and link it in the comments of this blog post. “Shout Box” submissions will not be seen. Please be sure to post a link in this post’s comments to ensure me seeing it and posting it. Can’t wait!


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GSG Cast: Bike Accident, Cut & Paste, 37 Signals Getting Real

April 2, 2009 - By 

Bike accident: Hot Pavement on Face Action

Go To: Chicago Cut&Paste Festival

Read: Getting Real


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Circle Vs Square Midpoint

April 1, 2009 - By 

Great work from the Five Second Project army this week. Keep them coming! Only three more days left until the next theme will be announced. It seems to be inspiring some people to try new things. I love it.

I would love to hear some feedback about the projects in general. Any ideas for the next theme? What do you think about this format so far? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

If you need one more push to get started, check out these great submissions to get your mind grapes flowing and make your own submission.