made by hand

How To Make A Book.

Most of us don’t really think about what goes into making a book when we pick one up. The beautifully shot and edited video below shows in exquisite detail the art of making a book by hand. This video has such a nice look to it, and it really let’s you appreciate the craftsmanship of something made by hand.

Portrait of a Letterpress Printer.

This put a smile on my face for a number of reasons. First off it is a really nice documentary short. Beautiful cinematography and editing. Solid story line and an interesting character. An insight into the wisdom that one gets from years of creativity. And then there is the portion of the film, where Mr. William Amer comes full circle to rediscover his passion and spread it to others. Love this little film. Great work from

Made by Hand 3, “The Bee Keeper”.

I’m not sure how I missed this but the third installment of “Made by Hand” dropped the other day. Once again we have a stunning short film from the Bureau of Common Goods about things we collect, consume, use, and share. These folks nail it every time with amazing cinematography, editing, post work, and story telling.

Local farmer Megan Paska has witnessed beekeeping as it morphed from an illegal (and possibly crazy) habit to a sustainable, community-supported skill. Mirroring beekeeping’s own ascendance, she found more than just a living: “This is the first time in my life when I’ve just felt absolutely on the right path.”

director-producer KEEF
director of photography JOSHUA KRASZEWSKI
title design MANDY BROWN
sound recordist ROBERT ALBRECHT
re-recording mixer NICHOLAS MONTGOMERY
assistant re-recording mixer JOHN GUMAER

A new Film from Made by Hand. “The Knife Maker”

Each new Vimeo short from the “Made by Hand” crew just blows me away. The look is absolutely fantastic, and the quality of the finished product is outstanding. The second film in the series “The Knife Maker” not only has a really solid narrative, but the look,editing, post production, music, and audio come together to really sell this.

Do yourself a favor and watch this full screen on Vimeo if you get a chance.

Serious hat tip to, director-producers KEEF, and JOSHUA KRASZEWSKI, editor-composer MATT SHAPIRO, music MICHAEL TRAINOR & NATHAN ROSENBERG, sound recordist ROBERT ALBRECHT, re-recording mixer NICHOLAS MONTGOMERY, assistant re-recording mixer JOHN GUMAER, gaffer ADAM ORELLANA, and title designer MANDY BROWN.

The Package Project. Social Networking the Old Fashioned Way.

In the last 5 years we have seen an explosion of Social Networking and Micro Blogging sites. We utilize them to keep in touch with friends, family, colleagues, and the occasional random individual. People spend countless hours interacting with these sites, and what is very clear is, social networking in many ways is about the time invested. While these sites offer instant and almost addictive communication with large groups of people, there are some that miss the older forms of social interaction. In a world where a Flash animation, or a 140 character comment about a birthday, or other important event, there can be a certain lack of sincerity in the sentiment or the time it took to post it.

This is where the folks at the Package Project comes in. Package Projects goal is to build a physical network of interactions by sending creative, hand crafted, colorful packages to other bloggers around the world.

“The Package Project is an exchange aimed to connect bloggers around the world and to grow the blogging community even further. It is all about swapping pretty packages and handmade delights. The packaging only makes the exchange more fun so get creative…strings, manila tags and ribbons galore.”

If you participate in the Package Project you learn about your blogging partners through the creativity of the package they send. And the anticipation that is created through the process helps to build more meaningful interactions due to the time taken to hand craft your package.

Like online Social Networking the Package Project is also about the time invested, but unlike online Social Networking, the Package Project offers a slightly higher level of sincerity based on the time that is spent in creating something by hand. I find  the Package Project to be very interesting, and it makes me wonder if this marks a beginning to a possible Social Networking backlash. It’ll be interesting to see  what this leads to and how successful it ends up being.