Inspiration

Listen and Learn. John Lasseter’s Commencement Speech to CalArts 2014.

Back in the early to mid 1980’s CalArts was my college of choice. Unfortunately I had no scholarships, or financial aid to get me there after being accepted, so I went to art school elsewhere. I have no regrets, it hasn’t hampered my career or creativity in the slightest. At the end of the day, what you learn in college isn’t what you practice in your career of choice, and that is especially true in the ever shifting world of design and the visual arts.

The video below is John Lasseter’s commencement speech for the CalArts graduating class of 2014. It is presented to fresh faced, eager to start their career, wide-eyed graduates that will go on to create amazing works of art and design in ways we can’t even imagine yet. We have all been there. If someone had told me back then, that I would be working with the tools I have today, making the things I make, I probably would have laughed at them. Here is Lasseter’s words of wisdom on making the transition from student to pro, and staying inspired along the way. The first five minutes are introductions, just incase you want to skip to the core of the speech.

Some Monday Magic. “The Grand”.

 Glen Milner does some really nice short film work. The piece below was commissioned by Steinway & Sons to highlight and reveal the craft that goes into producing one of their pianos. Working with a small crew, Milner shooting with Camera Assistant Arne Zacher, the two created a wonderfully timed black and white short. The editing is tied tightly to the original composition by Elwin Hedrijanto and Dominic Ferris with cuts hitting on time to the music. In just two and a half minutes Milner shows the amount of skilled work and love that goes into producing a Steinway. The film highlights the Hamburg factory, the workers, the 1200 parts in each piano, and slowly builds through the performance by  Hedrijanto and Ferris ending with the star of the show on stage.

“Trail Therapy”. Steve Fugate, Peace Pilgrim.

The video below will move you. This short documentary by Cyrus Sutton about Steve Fugate is tragic and inspiring. Produced originally for Korduroy.tv it tells the story of man who has walked 34,000 miles on a pilgrimage for peace. I could talk about the aesthetics of the film itself, but that wouldn’t do justice to the story.