On Monday June 3rd, I met a friend, Michael Rojero, at Starbucks. He wanted my assistance in coming up with several designs for t-shirts. I am glad I went. This really pulled me out of my comfort zone. I couldn’t just go off of what I thought best, as I usually do. I had to listen to Michael and understand his needs and vision for the designs.
Today, June 4th, I watched Godzilla in IMAX with a few friends & it was beautiful. I’m a huge Godzilla fan, so seeing it in IMAX was thrilling. The screen was large, and the lights and sound were great. The music score, however, was the best part. It helped me truly embrace the content before me. The score also brought a tear to my eye, as it caused me to reflect upon all the hard work that goes into the creation of such a film.
Today, June 5th, I attended Board of Directors Training. I’ve been selected to be Vice President of the Board for the Entertainment Business Council, which will stand up in July. We covered many topics, including what my specific duties would be. This was a great meeting. However, I must admit, I had several moments of distraction. I was preoccupied with what my next assignment was for this class, when was it due, and what would I place on the Storyboard for this class.
On Thursday, June 6th, I woke up before the sun came up and headed off to Ruidoso, New Mexico. Ruidoso is a tourist town, hidden in the Lincoln National Forest. However, we did not go to be tourists. We went to help a old widow do maintenance and repairs around her home. Interestingly, she had forgotten she asked us up, and didn’t feel like too much company. So, we bagged a few trash bags full of rubbish and pine needles, and a few other things, then decided to make the best of the day and picnic in the forest.
We found a great spot near a riverbed. It was here that I “met” a little bug who
literally followed me around. The bug’s
behavior made me stop to think how the world must seem through his eyes. It also made me stop to wonder how the world
looks through the eyes of other people.
For a moment, I truly appreciated the fact that each individual
experiences the world in a different way.
For example, I am color blind, so I know I see the world a little
differently. This led me to think what would the works of Van Gogh, Michelangelo
or Edvard Munch look like had they been color blind, as well?
On Friday June 7th, I met friends for lunch. We talked about everything, but nothing in particular. I was glad that we had the opportunity to meet up. This lunch made me appreciate the little things in life, like friendship.
On Saturday June 8th a friend of mine celebrated his graduation with a party. He is moving about eight hundred miles away, so I made a special gift to remind him of “home.” I used Illustrator in making it. It is basically a logo for our city. In most regards, it is quite simple. But I know that he will look at it, and always give thought to where he came from
One of the themes I noticed throughout my week that was a constant, was my appreciation for the “small” things in life. Interestingly, the small things, to me, aren’t really small. The simplistic things are really are truly the biggest, most important things for me. I believe I had several different kernels for stories this week. The interaction with the widow up in Ruidoso is definitely a story kernel. My time at the river bed is another story kernel. The bug interaction is a story kernel. The laughter shared with my friends at lunch is a story kernel. Even the way I felt as I moved out of my comfort zone to help my friend design shirts could be construed as a story kernel. Each of these story kernels ties to my theme of appreciating the simple/small things in life. I lead my life in such a manner every single day, so I suspect I just may have more story kernels that are similar in nature next week.
On Monday, I saw Aladdin in theater. It was visually spectacular for me. In the past, I’d never been much of an Aladdin fan. Mulan was “my thing” when I was growing up. The new Aladdin, however, changed that. The imagery was vivid, and seemed to literally call out to my attention span and capture it. There was one thing I wondered the entire time I watched: How long did it take to render all the footage? I could envision my Mac exploding, just at the thought of that.
On Tuesday, I tried to flesh out my ideas from last week’s homework assignment a little bit more thoroughly. I focused on the letters E and P. I tried to make them more unique. (E and P are the first letters of El Paso, Texas. I want to use the letters with graphics embedded that portray the local culture.) I need to figure out which program is best to use for this. I’m vacillating between Illustrator and Photoshop. Both are great programs, and both have their cons, too.
On Wednesday, I had lunch with a longtime friend and her boyfriend. We met at a pretty interesting place called Pieology. In a nutshell, it is like a Subway restaurant, only pizza instead of sandwiches. We have known each other since elementary school, so we talked about all sorts of events that have happened and people we have known since then.
On Thursday, I saw the new X-Men movie. It was a great movie, in my opinion. It diverged from the storyline in the comic book, but I enjoyed the creative license that was taken. During the opening, I was trying to figure out which software was used to make the opening logos. A little research led me to believe it was either Cinema 4D or After Effects. I don’t know how to use either of them well, so I plan to learn soon.
On Friday, I focused on homework. I really focused on how to use motion. Saturday was more of the same.
A recurring theme I noticed with me this week was
“How?” How was something done? How was something made? How was something completed or started? How does one get better at one thing or
another? I think I can identify two
story kernels. My experience of watching
X-Men and wondering how the logo was
made, and in which software. I also
think having lunch with my friend could make an interesting story.
Monday June 17,
Discussed logo design with Ben Leyva, a 2020 Independent Candidate for President. He had chosen green and purple as his colors, so I spent some time researching these colors and finding something more appropriate for him.
Tuesday June 18
Huge monsoon-like thunderstorm took place at night. So I just drew my mountain with the lighting trying to capture something in the moment
Wednesday June 19
Went to The Gathering (youth group) at my church. I noticed they used Kinetic Typography in the slideshow. And wondered how it was made.
Thursday June 20
I traveled to Los Angeles for the AT&T SHAPE Conference on the Warner Brothers lot. I took time to “smell the roses”.
Friday June 21
It was raining in Los Angeles. The weather was about thirty-five degrees cooler than in my hometown of El Paso, Texas. We went to a taping of a TV show Raven’s Home.
Saturday June 22
This was the first day of the SHAPE Conference. My group decided to see the speakers on Saturday and do the tours, etc on Sunday. The speakers were very informative. (This conference is a huge tech conference that focuses on impending tech trends that will impact the entertainment business in the coming twelve months.) The speakers I enjoyed the most on Saturday were Rooster Teeth and Tyra Banks, though they were all informative and enjoyable. Rooster Teeth and Tyra were captivating to me because they talked about how they started in the business and how research helped them succeed, along with knowing their audience, competition & yourself
Sunday June 23,
This was another day spent at the conference. I experienced a number of great, interactive exhibits and also did a tour of the lot. Though this was not my first time at this conference, or the first tour, I looked at everything from a different perspective. I looked at things from a design perspective. There was an interactive Game of Thrones exhibit, as well as an interactive story that immersed the user in the experience using AI. Looking at these things from a design perspective gave me, what I think, was a deeper experience that just going in to be entertained. I examined how things worked so that I could garner ideas for my own future projects. I paid close attention to the day’s speakers as well. On Sunday, most of the speakers discussed VR, AR, AI and the future of tech not only in the world, but particularly in the field of Entertainment. A few speakers really stood out for me on Sunday, especially the E-Sports speakers. The speakers that stood out most to me were PVPX from Cloud9 and Dimez, from Mavs Gaming. They talked about how they started and have maintained and progressed in their chosen field. What really stuck with me, though, was how they both reiterated the fact that you MUST know your audience. I also took away their assertions that you must stay focused, be persistent, and have a good support system. The other thing that resonated with me was when they both said, basically, you only get out what you put in. I felt this was pertinent and timely advice, no matter what your career field.
Monday June 24,
I traveled back to Texas, taking in all the sights again. I really paid attention to how nature can be used for a media design project
Tuesdays June 25
We stopped in Arizona, and this really got my imagination going. I was thinking, what if each state had its own mythical creature. Arizona’s would surely be the Phoenix, and I believe Texas would be a sleeping dragon. I say this because while it is asleep, the world is quaint, but if forced awake by chaos, the world will shake, so to speak.
Wednesday June 26
I went bowling with friends. While there, I contemplated a new logo for the bowling alley. They have the same logo and other branding since I was in about the third grade. So, while there this time, I just wondered what could be done to update the look and make the branding a little fresher.
Thursday June 27
I met with my Full Sail classmates via Google Hangout. It was great to finally put a face with a name after six months of school together.
Friday June 28
I had lunch with a local Mastermind group that I helped start. The entire meeting was about seeing things differently and exploring the “what if.”
Saturday June 29
Sunday June 30
Sunday’s sermon at church was a continuation of my last two weeks of seeing things differently. The subject was our connections with other people. Some great advice was given on how to see these connections differently so that they are more likely to flourish. I realized, thinking outside the box can apply to literally every aspect of life.
Throughout each day, the recurring thing for me definitely seems to be in line with Steve Jobs “think different” tagline. I’ve been immersed in opportunities to think differently. When I accepted the challenge, my world became more colorful. This is something I will continue to do. As for story kernels that came of my activities, there were a couple.
I think the most interesting would be my thoughts on mythical creatures for each state. Whether I created such creatures, or told a story of someone on a path to such work, this could be used a number of ways, especially for entertainment or marketing.
I also think the information I learned from the SHAPE Conference is a great story kernel. I experienced so much in those two days, I feel like it opens the door to endless tales. There was a plethora of information I gathered that would lead to design related stories on a technical level. However, there was also much information that would serve to entertain if told in a story.