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There’s nothing creative about living within your means.
– Francis Ford Coppola

If I were ever stranded on a desert island there would be three things I’d need: food, shelter, and a grip.
– George C. Scott

Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee.
– James Cameron

When given an opportunity, deliver excellence and never quit.
― Robert Rodriguez

The saddest journey in the world is the one that follows a precise itinerary. Then you’re not a traveler. You’re a f@@king tourist.
― Guillermo del Toro

Film is, to me, just unimportant. But people are very important.
― John Cassavetes

Let me just pause a minute and drink in this moment. And if you film it, I’ll be able to get free refills for life.
― Jarod Kintz

Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.
― Martin Scorsese

There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.
– Frank Capra

The characters in my films try to live honestly and make the most of the lives they’ve been given. I believe you must live honestly and develop your abilities to the full. People who do this are the real heroes.
– Akira Kurosawa

If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies.
– Kathryn Bigelow

A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order.
– Jean-Luc Godard

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A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
– Stanley Kubrick

The Biggest Mistake in Student Films is That They Are Usually Cast So Badly, With Friends and People the Directors Know.
– Brian De Palma

Although I Write Screenplays, I Don’t Think I’m a Good Writer.
– George Lucas

A lot of times you get credit for stuff in your movie that you didn’t intend to be there.
– Spike Lee

People say I pay too much attention to the look of a movie but for God’s sake, I’m not producing a Radio 4 Play for Today, I’m making a movie that people are going to look at.
– Ridley Scott

I think audiences get too comfortable and familiar in today’s movies. They believe everything they’re hearing and seeing. I like to shake that up.
– Christopher Nolan

For me, filmmaking combines everything. That’s the reason I’ve made cinema my life’s work. In films, painting and literature, theatre and music come together. But a film is still a film.
– Akira Kurosawa

A Film is a Petrified Fountain of Thought.
– Jean Cocteau

My idea of professionalism is probably a lot of people’s idea of obsessive.
– David Fincher

If you have to have a job in this world, a high-priced movie star is a pretty good gig.
– Tom Hanks

I like unformed characters. This may be because, no matter how old I get, I am still unformed myself.
– Akira Kurosawa

If a million people see my movie, I hope they see a million different movies.
– Quentin Tarantino

The only safe thing is to take a chance.
– Mike Nichols

I Am Certain There is Too Much Certainty in the World.
– Michael Crichton

First cuts are a bitch for a director, because it’s been so many months and you put your trust in your editor and you’re going to see your film assembled for the first time. You look at it and go, This is terrible. I hate it.
– Richard Donner

I Hate Television. I Hate It As Much As Peanuts. But I Can’t Stop Eating Peanuts.
– Orson Welles

Casting is 65 percent of directing.
– John Frankenheimer

You see so many movies… the younger people who are coming from MTV or who are coming from commercials and there’s no sense of film grammar. There’s no real sense of how to tell a story visually. It’s just cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, you know, which is pretty easy.
– Peter Bogdanovich

I couldn’t sleep one night and I was sitting in my office and I realized that I was an independent filmmaker.
– Darren Aronofsky

Hollywood is great. I also think it’s stupid and small-minded and shortsighted.
– David Fincher

Being an artist means not having to avert one’s eyes.
– Akira Kurosawa

A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.

– Billy Wilder

In the future, everybody is going to be a director. Somebody’s got to live a real life so we have something to make a movie about.
– Cameron Crowe

People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning.
–Steven Spielberg

Film is a battleground.
– Sam Fuller

Our feeling is that the most important thing on a set is that actors have enough confidence to try different things. If there’s stress or tension, they won’t go out on a limb because they won’t want to embarrass themselves if they don’t feel completely comfortable.
– Peter Farrelly

All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.
– Charlie Chaplin

Why Pay a Dollar for a Bookmark? Why Not Use the Dollar for a Bookmark?
– Steven Spielberg

Eighty Percent of Success is Turning Up.
– Woody Allen the other 20% is taking care of your fam.

Human beings share the same common problems. A film can only be understood if it depicts these properly.
– Akira Kurosawa

If My Film Makes One More Person Miserable, I’ve Done My Job.
– Woody Allen

The first monster you have to scare the audience with is yourself.
– Wes Craven

We tend to do period stuff because it helps make it one step removed from boring everyday reality.
– Ethan Coen

Movement should be a counter, whether in action scenes or dialogue or whatever. It counters where your eye is going. This style thing, for me it’s all fitted to the action, to the script, to the characters.
– Samuel Fuller

It is the power of memory that gives rise to the power of imagination.
– Akira Kurosawa

But having a really good understanding of history, literature, psychology, sciences – is very, very important to actually being able to make movies.
– George Lucas

Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.
– Roman Polanski If we could just forget…

I’ve reached a place that many directors and filmmakers get to, and I’m grateful for that, and I can work within those boundaries. If something comes along that is totally outside of horror, fine, but I find there’s an immense amount of freedom within the genre.
– Wes Craven

In order to write scripts, you must first study the great novels and dramas of the world. You must consider why they are great. Where does the emotion come from that you feel as you read them? What degree of passion did the author have to have, what level of meticulousness did he have to command, in order to portray the characters and events as he did? You must read thoroughly, to the point where you can grasp all these things. You must also see the great films. You must read the great screenplays and study the film theories of the great directors. If your goal is to become a film director, you must master screenwriting.
– Akira Kurosawa

Photo editing

When I’m working on bitmap or photographs or even when working on exotic web formats like PNG and SVG graphics my GOTO is Gimp.

I got introduced to gimp trough using Linux as operating system and i got used to its interface, its very basic user interface might not be appealing but in functionality it can be compared to Photoshop. Unfortunately, some of the icons, like the one for the crop tool shown, are different from the ones used by Photoshop, so finding your tools back may take some hunting.

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If you can’t get used to the interface and want to get back to something more similar in look and feel, try installing the doctormo photoshop tweaks.

To install the pack, you can simply replace the existing GIMP folder on your computer, which is located in:

  • Linux: ~/.gimp-2.8
  • Windows: C:\Users\[your_user_name]\.gimp-2.8
  • Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/GIMP/2.8/ (you will probably need to unhide the Library folder)

Once you done replacing the GIMP folder, restart your GIMP and voila, your back at a similar interface layout as in Adobe CS6.

Better?

There are some functions it actually excels at especially in the webgraphics department such as SVG. And together with some of the GEGL (Generic Graphics Library) scripts its perfect in performing automations in Gimp. Those scripts are one of the best features of GIMP, making it an open platform for image processing developers. While Photoshop can be scripted, most image transforms are either “black box” plug-ins or actual built-in commands Gimp is more open and can be customized more thoroughly.

Extended information on gimp can be found on:

gimp-forum.net

Free media production software

Why Open-source,

There is a lot of software on the market for editing photos and a lot of media related software in general. The main reason for using the software I use is price, in a commercial assignment its not uncommon that the client will want stuff fast, Price isn’t an issue then and I can charge the software subscription to the client so when speed is an issue I will use exclusive suites like Creative Cloud or similar “expensive” products to save manual labour.

In my opinion, paid software is worth its money if it takes away manual labour or saves time though smart algorithms or automation of bulk adjustments.

But when I consider that I can charge the licence fees (80-100 euros per assignment) to save two hours or do

two hours of manual labor or, then I’ll choose the manual labor.
It might be easier working on a single job or small assignments with expensive software but it will not outweigh the cost because you’re not really saving a lot of time. Plus you will never develop any real skills in the area of expertise because you are letting fancy tools do the brainy part of the job.

So now that I clarified why I work like I do, here’s what I generally use. To make it understandable I’ll give a list with the alternative software next to it.

 

Tasktype Photo Compositing Photo Adjustment (RAW) Vector Drawing Desktop Publishing Video Montage Motion Graphics 3D / Video Compositing Drawing / Infinite Canvas
Subscription based Photoshop Lightroom Illustrator Indesign Premiere After effects Nuke Illustrator
Closed Source Affinity Affinity Affinity Designer Affinity Publisher / Quarkxpress Final Cut / DaVinci Resolve Motion Fusion Misschief
Open source donation GIMP Raw Therapee / Darktable Inkscape Scribus Cinerella / Kdenlive / Blender Natron / Blender Natron Krita



*Subscription is where you pay an annual or a monthly fee for the usage of the service.
*Licenced is a single purchase for the permanent usage of the software.
*Open-source a freely distributed program without additional charges or costs.

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All the software I have used in a professional environment, e.q. have been paid to work with for at least a single assignment

Because there is a lot more budget for a commercial software developer then there is for an open-source variant. But don’t be fooled by cheap tricks from expensive marketing departments at Adobe because the alternatives are sometimes better but at least equally capable of handling the task.

I’ll not take the effort to explain software that is either licenced or on a subscription base, they have the marketing teams to do that themselves.

Honourable mentions go to Affinity for making an affordable alternative to the basic Adobe DTP suite (e.g. Photoshop/Illustrator/Indesign).
And Nuke for having the most excellent non-commercial licence to learn.

But if you are on a low budget or no budget you should be able to produce industry-standard visuals as well. Here is where all those nice free alternatives come in.

 

 

 

 

Responsible internet use

As we progressed through the ages we have increased the size of our family progressively with it.

When we where just crawling out of our caves we had just the relation of our kin, as we hopped into the middle ages brotherhood extended though language and then religion crossing the borders of countrys and overlapping brotherhoods and family ties.

Now as we enter the digital age we expand our family once more crossing old borders like lines in the sand. The internet has brought us together yet it has distanced us from our first circles of familiarity, our kin. As the people before us had the responsibility, whether it be for a higher cause or personal gain to educate us about the rule in the family, our fathers and mothers, political leaders, country leaders and finally religious leaders have always been there to hold our hand while we navigate the extends of our family’s/brotherhoods. Now with the digital age we are the new gurus and in my humble opinion we have an obligation to guide the next generation in the use and responsibility’s of the internet. What can we say what can we do how do we interpreted the information and how do we use it to the fullest of its potential without hurting the interests of other party’s within this great internet circle.

There should be more room for controversial voices on the internet not because they have the right to advertise or becuaseof freedom of speach or something but because we as a family should be aware of what conspires within our community.This wil give people peace of mind and we have the opportunity to discus and advice on mediation or consessions to realize our mutual benificiary goals, this is our latest but not last solution how we could help this world keep his or her way.

Elvis on Acid

After a long observation of modern pop I’ve come to a conclusion about a format to success that evolved in the last few years. For as long as pop music has been around there have been many roads towards success and some people have a gift that is unique and they hone it to perfection but there can be seen certain patterns that surface after keen observations of the careers of the the many. I’m going to make a lot of assumptions in this article and i want to excuse myself for it beforehand. I want to invite you the reader to give me your piece of mind about my thoughts. Commenting is free and gives me great satisfaction to read and respond.

The Elvis Epos

Back in the days we had the Elvis formula, something that has withstood the test of time up till now. First an artist climbs to a certain height within a strict and usually child friendly format, slowly gathering a young crowd of people that are allowed to listen by their parents in that way appealing to as many people as possible.

Then comes the decline/first fall and the artists go through a period of personal neglect and controversial life decisions, usually resulting in a short incarceration. In that period the artist has the possibility to break free of his former perceptions of perfection. (jailhouse rock)

After this time the time of redemption comes, issuing a crossroads to either come back to a more mature crowd because of the redemption you’ve found through the former period, or artist chooses to be more mature by trying to be sexy and edgy because of their rebirth/transition into depravity. (Britney Spears and Cristina Aguilera have been quite successful with this)

Back to the present, we’ve been entertained by a lot of artists that have successfully completed this sequence of events to their personal advantage, but something has changed.

Hate and love are two things that attract attention from a crowd but after long deliberation (probably by a marketing department) we’ve found out that negativity gathers more attention then positivity.

With negativity we have both pro and contra enraged, love knows more nuance then hate, hate tends to boil over in a more drastic matter, someone insulting your favorite artist usually begets more movement in a crowd then a positively intended shout for your favorites.

The Bieber Sequence

So there are not a lot of people that could have missed the beliebers and their frontman Justin Bieber. In my humble opinion this young guy has successfully pitched a new model for world fame together with other eccentric artists he has discovered that controversy, disregard for morals and hate will bring much more “traffic” you shouldn’t buy a CD for an artist that you hate but you are strongly compelled to click his video for free. Yet this is the market model for income for these artists nowadays and this will pay the guys you hate more then the artists you love.

Al tough I seriously dislike this practice I can understand its success hopefully you agree and restrain yourself from clicking the people you dislike in the future only this will bring the music industry back music.

Support your artists!