Thoughts and conversations about balancing personal and professional creativity on the long road between idea and done.
With guests as varied as design legend Stefan Sagmeister, Book Of Life Movie director Jorge Gutierrez and my Mom and Dad you're sure to stay inspired during all the work between the Spark and the Art.
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A movie about a movie that was never made - that’s Jodorowsky’s dune. A tale of passion on the verge of crazy, it’s a great story that involves Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger. This is our chat with producer Stephen Scarlata about his journey from idea to theatrical release.
Today’s topic may seem pretty obvious but for some reason we can still get discouraged when we’re not as good as we’d like to be.
Jeff Hunt makes tabletop games. Not just any table top games. Epic 250 piece games for 6 people to play for a couple hours kind of games. The craziest part is that he does it after his full-time job and it was the first game he decided to design.
When a project is over you have to decide if it’s reached an end or if it’s finished. Is it something you can come back to later if you want or are you just going to wipe your hands and move on.
Steve Ogden is a serial creative with a long string of projects behind him: A book of short stories, an animated short, online graphic novel and web comics. All of these while working full time in the games industry at Cyan Interactive on the Myst family of games and currently at Firaxis games, home of the Sid Meirs Civilization series.
It’s been a few days or a couple weeks and you are moving along on your project like you haven’t done in a while. It feels great. You’re happy and you reach your flow state and time flies by in a blur you pack up for the night and sleep like a baby. Then the next evening with your talent in hand and your face lit up with smiles you head down to do it again.
Now for some reason … you got nothing. What do you do?
TheSparkAndTheArt.com/32 – Karyl Gilbertson is a web designer and dad who is creating a video game in his spare time. We talk about his little trick for getting to work on his project even when he doesn’t feel like it and how breaking his project into smaller chunks allowed him to get started without feeling overwhelmed.
That curiosity that drove you in the beginning can sometimes stop you in your tracks or keep you in a comfortable place once you get to a certain level of skill. What do you do when your blessed unrest is feeling more like a curse?
Jackie Koehler is an animator and she loves what she does. She loves doing it and she loves learning about it. Most recently she just finished as lead animator for the character of La Muerta in film The Book Of Life. While she’s worked on some pretty high profile movies, even being nominated for a very prestigious Annie award as part of the team for The Amazing Spider-Man she doesn’t consider herself having ‘made it’ simply because there is still more to learn and more to do.
You’re at the end of a project. You only have a few little things left to do. But for some reason you can’t get to it. Everything is suddenly more important. You are experiencing the … Fear Of Done.
Today’s episode we talk about what could cause the fear of done and a simple tactic that may help you get over your fear.