Best Attitude: Forever a beginner

11. January 2012

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Best Attitude: Forever a beginner

I recall perhaps one professional moment when I felt like I really knew something – I was a master – yet, within short years easily accessible skills-de-Photoshop shattered momentum. What I honed on the view camera in the studio with lights, filters and finessing the process over 20 years was nearly worthless commercially. I wasn’t alone, except for purists mostly found in the masters of fine arts – aka – not me – creative destruction picked up its pace.  From that point on, my lesson was learned.

I’m a beginner  – at everything. My forced realization back in ’98 caused me to dive into Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by the Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki. Don’t mistake me for a deep follower, but rather a man with a new attitude. No longer do I own the luxury of working the requisite 10,000 hours at anything for expert status.

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“Shoshin – It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would.”

That leads me to this: Film making; motion making perhaps since film isn’t any more involved in my “films” than in my stills. A year ago I knew nothing (I mean REALLY nothing) – I asked friends, “what does this and that mean. What do I need to post to Youtube. What editing program should I buy?

Beyond story, I started watching movies differently; noticing technical things like camera movement, transitions, editing points and most importantly, how they all that make me feel about a scene. Damn – now THESE guys are masters.  Yet, I read somewhere that Spielberg feels like revisiting breakfast on the floor of his car the first shoot day of a big feature – could this be?

This music video for singer song writer Jeanne Jolly was shot by DeBoer Works LLC (Bruce DeBoer) and a small crew in 7 locations. We used DSLR’s – Canon 5D II and 7D. Additional live show footage was shot by Draw Bridge Media on two RED One Cameras. When we lit scenes we used Kino Flo Divas and Arri 650 Fresnel. It was edited at DeBoer Works using Final Cut Pro and graded using Apple Color and Red Giant Looks. The first 2 minutes of the song was recorded with Jeanne solo on her guitar at Burlap Palace in Raleigh. The full band recording, beginning at time code 2:30, was imported from her CD. Sound effects were added during final edit.

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7. December 2011

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Love it beyond reason ’cause any resonable person would quit.

Love it beyond reason ’cause any resonable person would quit.

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs

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5. July 2011

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Interview with Creative Soul – Rhiannon Giddens

Interview with Creative Soul – Rhiannon Giddens

Wait. Who is that singing? I take some pride in my early discovery: At Ribfest 2005, September at Five County Stadium, Zebulon, NC., while there to support the featured band – good friends, great band – and, oh yeah, eat some ribs – surprise – a magnificent voice stopped our tracks dead. Rhiannon Giddens – more »

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14. March 2011

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When Are Ideas More Caught Than Taught?

When Are Ideas More Caught Than Taught?

During the chase for ideas, information is more caught than taught, but if we’re to make practicable ideas on our own, it’s time to go old school. Once the chase is over it’s time to go analog.

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3. March 2011

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The Art of Idea Execution

The Art of Idea Execution

According to Frans Johansson, research tells us that the single strongest correlation between innovator success is the number of ideas they try to make happen. Example: Einstein published 240 unreferenced papers. That’s 240:1.

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18. February 2011

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“Stand the Test” – music video

“Stand the Test” – music video

It’s unavoidable really. Whenever I picked up my iPhone, point and shoot, or DSLR as a still shooter, I also had a video camera in my hand. There is good and bad of course but that really doesn’t matter does it? It just is. Deal with it. The old adage, “if you can’t beat’em, join’em” gets new life.

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3. February 2011

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Now … a Message from Karl Lagerfeld

Now … a Message from Karl Lagerfeld

“The minute you think the past was better, your present is second hand – yourself becomes vintage. It’s OK for cloths, not so great for people.”

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24. January 2011

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Why It’s So Hard To Make Things From Scratch

Why It’s So Hard To Make Things From Scratch

It’s easy to be obsessed with building a toaster and forget that all we need is toasted bread.

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11. January 2011

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Brene Brown on The Power of Vulnerability

Brene Brown on The Power of Vulnerability

Leaning into discomfort, it’s what the creative professional does if they plan to be successful. Brene Brown, researcher, storyteller and TED presenter, helps explain why we’re so miserable except for when we do.

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4. January 2011

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Artificial Creativity

Artificial Creativity

The Good: Crowd accelerated innovation. The Bad: An elevation of mediocrity and low expectations. The time of creation comes treacherously close to the duration of consumption.

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