“I Want Everything We Do To Be Beautiful.” Saul Bass

“I want everything we do to be beautiful. I don’t give a damn whether the client understands that that’s worth anything, or that the client thinks it’s worth anything, or whether it is worth anything. It’s worth it to me. It’s the way I want to live my life. I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.” ~Saul Bass

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Moving On After Final Cut Pro

Goodbye old friend.

Final Cut Pro will always have a special place in my heart. Believe it or not, before even touching iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, or even knowing what Adobe Premiere was, I learned how to use FCP. In my grade 10 film class there were 2 iMacs that had FCP installed. Many horribly shot, toilet humoured short films were made back in that day using none other than Final Cut Pro.

And that is why it is a little sad to see Final Cut Pro 7 in the state that it is in today, slowly breathing it’s last breath. Continue reading

Ruin: Oddball Animation

RUIN is amazing animated short film created by the folks at Oddball Animation.

On top of the obvious awesomeness of the final product, you can check out some test renders and making-of tidbits on their project page.

As impressive as it is, RUIN was not made for a client or done for any specific marketing or commercial reasons. It is an internal project, meaning they pretty much did it for themselves. Now this is a personal project.

“Fresh Guacamole” – PES Stop Motion Animation

I’ll admit that my knowledge of stop motion animation production is limited. Obviously, I understand the fundamental aspect of it but I have yet to wrap my head around how to do it properly.

There was a stop animation video I saw a year or so ago called Iron Man vs. Bruce Lee. It’s awesome. But this short video, although a little more subtle and subdued, is equally, if not even more impressive.

There are so many amazing things going on, so many little visual effects, that my head explodes just trying to figure out how it was made. Mind-blasting I tells ya.

Do a Lot of Work… Wait, Really?

What really got me in this kinetic typography piece was that part about what Iyou’re making isn’t so good and actually knowing it’s not that good. I’ve been at this video editing and motion design thing for a few years now and I believe I am pretty good at what I do, but I know I can be a lot better. Especially when I compare my work with some of the elite editors and designers in the industry, my work is far from the best. And it’s not because I don’t work my butt off, believe me I do, but just as Ira states, my taste exceeds my current skill.

I have a generally good idea of what’s good. I could see it playing in my mind and I could I see it in other people’s work. So why do I think my own work at times doesn’t meet my own standards? Continue reading