I’ve poured hours into the quest for inspiration every day this summer and every day I’ve thought: Enough! Get on with the creation of the new tutorial and policy videos. But every day I’ve had a feeling, a feeling I’ve learned to trust. And every day it’s been right. The last two pieces just fell into place and the recording sessions will begin tomorrow.
I should mention that what you see here is only the tip of the iceberg. We passed 500 inspirational images yesterday. How many have you seen? How many links have you clicked? (Every image is a link.) Been to our third party Vimeo Channels lately? Over 100 great videos there. This is all foreshadowing where we’re headed next year. Expectations are rising but so is the focus of our curriculum. And it’s all due to a sudden moment of inspiration. (Read the second paragraph.)
There’s a movie that’s built around a sudden moment of inspiration. Well, there’s a lot of movies that fit that bill but I’m thinking of this one (got a copy for Father’s Day). In the Mac Lab, this was our change of tempo. But unlike the movie, we’re no one-hit wonders. We’ll be cranking out hit after hit next year so long as I do my job. My job? Well the part I’ve been concerned with — the 90% unseen part — is coming together nicely. The last two pieces I spoke of are the absolute certainty that typography will play a much stronger starring role in every class, as will many layers of collaborative interaction (ignore the subject matter and the title and focus on process).
0629: That movie I mentioned is set in 1964, the start of the British Invasion and the year music became a force in my own life (I turned 9 in May of that year and spent hours glued to the radio, much to my parents’ chagrin). Mac Lab veterans can attest to the fact that music is almost always playing in class (and a surprising number actually like what I play). Music is my first love. From my POV, it represents humanity’s ultimate collaborative accomplishment. (Yes, I know we landed on the moon and mapped the human genome. There’s just something transcendent about music.) That I never learned to play along is one of my great regrets. (I do juggle to music, though. Something I started in 1979 after this night.) I’ve got a grainy tape of this episode of TNG and it touches me on several levels (especially the flute and what it represents), always ending in tears for the beauty of the story. But back to collaboration, music, and the Mac Lab. In 1981, MTV happened (scathing and interesting info) and the visual/music mix rocked my world. Most younger readers can’t imagine how MTV changed our visual world. Directors made 3 to 4 minute mini-movies, packing information into ever more creative cinematography with ever more rapid camera cuts. If you weren’t there, you might not be able to imagine how profound these changes were. Since we’re going to be Rotoscoping, a-ha seems a natural example. This tragic talent really pushed the envelope too. That I find myself in a position to help kids realize multimedia visions of their own is a dream come true.
0630: Whoa! That was scattered. Continuing that theme… Tunisia brings us to 105 (10 in Africa). So, back to the story. What’s music, typography, icebergs, TNG, collaboration, and a-ha (among other things) got to do with vegetables? (Andrea C) Well, we’re all good at something (or can learn to be). Andrea’s veggies tell a story. She likes photography. The top third of the image is her original photograph. She learned to wield the pen tool masterfully. The middle third attests to that. And finally, the bottom third demonstrates that she learned to hand-color the pen-tooled portion. She turned her photograph into an illustration using skills she’d acquired. Wonderful! But as anyone in the Mac Lab knows, not everyone learns to put the pieces together. What to do with the flatliners? And believe it or not, this and this led directly to this — the a-ha moment of clarity. (Don’t worry. I’m not going to follow Archimedes’ celebratory lead.) There’s too many details to lay down in this post but if you can get past the peeing of pants in the Artist’s Comments and read the “art by” credits, maybe you’ll see what I have in mind. The same may be applied to this oh-so-cool typographic animation. Only a very talented artist might create that alone. However…
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