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Home Stretch (Week 30)

by on Apr.25, 2011, under Blog

Much of our failure to understand human nature arises from neglect of the need to have our faculties excited and our lives thereby enhanced. The human animal cannot be itself without this exciting enhancement. Excitement is not merely good, it is indispensable to a proper human life.
— Lancelot Law Whyte

As we race toward the end of the school year, you have a simple choice:

a. Try as hard as you can and win.
b. Coast and watch opportunities pass you by.

This is your race. But the people sitting next to you aren’t your competition; you’re competing against that person you see in the mirror each morning. Become excited about the possibilities your own life offers. Do your best, try your hardest, and day by day you’ll make your life extraordinary.

You’ve got 34 school days (plus 5 Mac Lab Saturdays) left this year. Make ’em count!

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Go Pro (Week 29)

by on Apr.11, 2011, under Blog

Your blog looks very clean, and has great content. Your tutorials have always gone above and beyond. In fact, the format of how you taught is vastly superior to any class I have taken at the university. The systems you embedded in us not only taught us how to use the applications, but also how to use our creative process to generate new ideas. In turn this has given us the ability to apply our creative processes to our fundamental methods of learning. I don’t just know how to use Photoshop, Photoshop has become a well tuned mechanism of my conscious and subconscious mind.

You should be proud; the fundamental skills I acquired in your classroom have put me leaps and bounds ahead of my peers. Whenever anyone asks how I got started with my profession, I tell them I came out of one of the best multimedia high schools programs anywhere.
— Brian Sweat / CSU Chico Senior

As self-serving as it is for me to use Brian’s kind words to open this week’s post, he does illustrate a point I’ve been trying to drive in all year:

The systems you embedded in us not only taught us how to use the applications, but also how to use our creative process to generate new ideas. In turn this has given us the ability to apply our creative processes to our fundamental methods of learning.

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Break the Bars (Week 28)

by on Apr.04, 2011, under Blog

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.
William Blake

And the artist who never alters her technique, builds bars around her imagination. I keep pushing each of you to break out of the confines of your stale routines, to try something new. Have you?

If you have, great! Keep pushing into unexplored territory. If you haven’t, if you’re still repeating the same steps over and over, what are you waiting for? Set your imagination free!

Food for Thought: How long has it been since you’ve explored the links on the Inspiration page? Everyone, without exception, must spend at least 10 minutes revisiting our electronic morgue file in class before starting to work on your own projects today.

Tip of the Day: My laptop decided to have a nervous breakdown yesterday so I had no way to record video tutorials for you today. But, since I wouldn’t want you to think I never practice what I preach, I did create a project for my Filmmaking Principles and Education class over the weekend. Here’s the rough cut (more editing and polishing to do). No, I’d never filmed with the 5D before. Christopher Canel gave me a ten minute introduction to the camera and the rest was pure experimentation. Is it perfect? Not even close. But it did open new creative frontiers for me.

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