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Filtering by Category: Creativity

we're all imposters

Music Bed is one of my favorite places to go to feel inspired and to learn about creativity as a whole. They just put out this article that felt like was written directly to me.

If you're an artist or a creative of any type (I believe every human), then you can sympathize with the insecurities that come with the craft. Read this article, be encouraged, and let a weight be lifted off of your shoulders.

the sea in between // a josh garrels documentary

josh garrels is one of those musicians i have a massive amount of respect for. i see my dreams ambitions in his story - in his history, present, and future. check out this feature length documentary he just released about him and a group of crazy talented musicians on a trip to beautiful western canada on a journey to write and record music and to find themselves in the joy of community, art, and expression.

Josh Garrels & Mason Jar Music present "The Sea In Between" - A Mason Jar Music Film. * Buy Soundtrack on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-sea-in-between-soundtrack/id886356304 * Buy DVD Copy of Film - http://store.bandfarm.com/joshgarrels/product/?catID=&prodID=4660 About The Film: What happens when the ever-narrowing gap between artist and audience disappears?

the power of media & marketing // it can wait

AT&T launched a campaign to stop texting and driving titled "It Can Wait". This powerful campaign is a perfect example of the power that media and marketing hold to change behavior, belief, and foster change. Watch one of the many videos below.

In Close to Home, we are introduced to six characters on a perfectly average day. Their lives are then irrevocably changed by the devastating consequences of a seemingly innocent glance at a phone while driving. No post is worth a life. It Can Wait.

DESIGN DISRUPTORS // design documentary

So inspiring. So well done. So INSPIRING.

Thanks to Collider for hosting this screening last week. Thanks to Invision for providing the creative community with inspiration. There's a bright future for the power of design.

Trailer below:

Today’s most disruptive companies have a new guiding principle: a fierce focus on customer-centric product design. DESIGN DISRUPTORS features an elite group of 15 disruptive companies—valued at one trillion dollars combined—who share the perspectives and sacrifices necessary to upend age-old industries and disrupt the status quo. See more at http://designdisruptors.com A film by InVision: http://www.invisionapp.com --- InVision is the world’s leading product design collaboration platform, trusted by more than 1.5 million designers at companies like Uber, Netflix and Twitter. InVision empowers teams of all sizes to prototype, review, iterate, manage and test web and mobile apps—all without a single line of code. Get InVision free forever: http://invs.io/1QOCxZq --- See who else uses InVision: http://invs.io/1QOD5P3 Stay up to date on the latest trends in product design: http://invs.io/1QOD91g Follow InVision on Twitter: http://twitter.com/InVisionApp/

ROOM // soundtrack

My wife and I recently watched a film titled "Room". It's not for the faint of heart, but it was absolutely brilliant. We had a conversation about it after and agreed that it was one of the most moving films we had ever seen, but isn't one that we would suggest to most due to it's intensity. But here I am suggesting it. I'm actually imploring you to watch it. The display of love, sacrifice and fight is extraordinary.

Aside from the gorgeous cinematography, the inquisitive dialogue, and frustratingly genius plot, the soundtrack was prime. The soundtrack includes a wonderful balance of floating pieces and post-rock ballads.

The trailer and Spotify playlist for the soundtrack are embedded below. Watch and listen and let me know your thoughts.

WHY do you create? // MAKE

WHY DO YOU CREATE?

After finishing up post-production on the Musicbed's recently released feature length documentaryMusicbed CEO Daniel McCarthy talked about why they decided to make this film. His response is below.

"We didn’t necessarily want to talk about the process of creating. We wanted to talk about why we create. I do think a lot of people talk about the creative process, I don’t think anyone has talked about what drives us to create.
We’ve been making short films as a company for a long time, and we’ve noticed something. Almost every comment we read about the films — they’re not dissecting the story. They’re not saying how it impacted them. Every comment is, ‘What did you shoot this on? What lens?’ It’s all how-to crap. They’re wondering how they can imitate something. They’re asking the wrong question. You keep asking us ‘how’, but you didn’t ask us ‘why.’ It’s indicative of a much larger problem, one that people in the creative world have battled since art was a thing.
It’s time to have a conversation about what drives us to create — passion or success. I think one of the strongest values we have at Musicbed is relationships. The basis of a good relationship is vulnerability. If we want to build real relationships, I think it requires that we get real with people.
My hope is that creatives can see the film for what it is, and that they can see themselves in each one of these characters. Not everyone that watches it is going to be a filmmaker or a musician. I think the act of creating is so basic-level human, that if you see it from the big picture, it doesn’t matter what you do as a career."

Read the rest of the article here and check out the Musicbed's feature length documentary here or below.

This documentary is a question. A conversation starter. It’s an examination of the reasons we create and the things that drive us to make something new — passion or success. See MAKE, a feature-length documentary featuring Reed Morano, ASC, Aaron Draplin, Eliot Rausch and more, now on Vimeo On Demand! http://mscbd.fm/29GT1tm Listen to the soundtrack here: mscbd.fm/29W3JKv Read Why We Made a Feature-Length Documentary: mscbd.fm/whywmdk Meet the cast here: make.musicbed.com/cast

Redefining Success // PASSION

"Motivate yourself and be good at what you're doing, but if you don't have passion than you'll never improve."

You may feel like you've been losing every game, missing every opportunity, and failing at every effort. That's what the record may show, but how are you responding? A person's character is tested and shown by how they respond to situations.

The team in the video below lost every game in their soccer season. They even lost one game 55-0. But they continually came out to the pitch week in and week out and were prepared to play their hardest. What gets them by? Passion. Passion for the game, passion for their team, and a passion to improve.

How are you going to respond to your hardships today? Redefine success: remember why you do what you do; channel your passion.

when bono met a bible translator // friendship, the psalms, & the necessity of art

Take 20 minutes of your time and watch this short film below.

|| art isn't an accessory // neither is honesty ||

This short film documents the friendship between Bono (of the band U2) and Eugene Peterson (author of contemporary-language Bible translation The Message) revolving around their common interest in the Psalms. Based on interviews conducted by Fuller Seminary faculty member David Taylor and produced in association with Fourth Line Films, the film highlights in particular a conversation on the Psalms that took place between Bono, Peterson, and Taylor at Peterson's Montana home.

STEAL // Creativity

I've heard a certain group of individuals called the "creatives": painters, musicians, novelists, dancers, and more. This seems limiting; it seems exclusive.

Isn't every human creative? We were created and we are constantly creating. Whether we are editing videos, passing a ball, or nursing a child while cooking dinner, it takes creativity, ingenuity, and smarts.

This book has changed my perspective, and I guarantee it will change yours, too. If you are a creative, AKA a human being, you will benefit from this book.

Learn how to steal like an artist and read this book by Austin Kleon. Click here.