All posts tagged: Creative

Winter Wonder

Back in the fall of 2016 I posted my first mood board and since then I’ve been sticking to the seasonal theme. Although I skipped the following winter and spring, I did do a summer board and have now finally gotten around to making a winter one. When I make one of these digital pieces, I start with a few places and objects that evoke certain feelings for me this time of year like the cold, dry, desert air – or bright, dewy oranges. When I think of winter, snow and the holidays don’t easily come to mind. Instead, I’m reminded of crisp Arizona mornings and the quietness that accompanies the cold. Or cloudy coastal afternoons, where a calmness overtakes even the most frantic of places. I imagine warmer climates in the Southern Hemisphere, and the commanding pine trees of the Pacific Northwest. I think of animals – thriving or barely surviving – and desolation and fire. I also think of warmth, bright colors, and far away cities – or people drinking hot coffee in …

Reflections on “Emerson”

It’s my last week of classes at USC before I graduate, which basically means it’s my final week of school ever since I definitely don’t plan on getting my PhD! WOOT. I’m feeling a mix of emotions, but I’m mainly excited. Graduate school has made me a better, smarter person, but I’m certainly ready for the next, non-academic chapter in my life. I never really was a procrastinator before grad school, but these past two years I’ve spent plenty of late nights getting work done at the very last-minute. As someone with a fine arts degree, I think it’s because writing non-stop scholarly work is too strenuous for me. I need to take breaks and make stuff, beyond shaping flowery words into poignant statements on cinema, TV, and culture. I don’t consider myself an artist by any means, but I like working with my hands – putting pictures into thrifted frames, moving furniture, making photo collages – and research and academic writing, as much as I enjoy it, doesn’t satisfy those needs. But making short films does, and I …

That Fall Feeling

Things are starting to cool off here in Los Angeles and I’m getting a bit of that fall feeling. There’s a crispness in the air that reminds me of fall in Arizona; the leaves may not change colors, but I always sense that as the weather cools off, the mood changes. Things start moving just a little bit slower, and for some reason, I always begin to feel more at ease. In addition to embracing the calmness that fall brings to my life, I’ve promised myself that I’m going to work on creative projects throughout the year, so that school doesn’t entirely burn me out. I thoroughly enjoy academic work, but at my core I’m someone who likes to get my hands dirty and make things. I’ve completely neglected that side of myself as of late, so in an attempt to reinvigorate my creative tendencies, I’m going to be bringing a little more experimental energy to Catch-all. And in order to get some ideas flowing, I’ve decided to share my fall inspired mood board. What’s creatively inspiring you right now?

8 Social Media Tips for Indie Filmmakers

I think I have a fairly strong grasp on marketing, specifically social media marketing, and how to expand the reach of a creative work or business. Why? In college I took courses on film and television promotion, worked as a student brand manager for Red Bull (one of the most well-known and promoted brands in the world; read more here), and during my senior year I marketed an Indiegogo campaign that funded my entire thesis project. Now, I use social media to expand the reach of this blog and am developing a formidable readership. Here are a few of my social media tips for indie filmmakers, but these suggestions can also be used toward any creative or business endeavor: 1. Keep your personal social media accounts professional and always include links to your creative work. 2. Know your audience. 3. Utilize platforms that align with your audience. If you are doing an experimental coming-of-age film, consider using Tumblr and Vimeo for your social media marketing campaign. On the other hand, if you’re working on a social justice documentary, maybe Twitter and YouTube …

Ways to Break Out of a Creative Rut

This was originally posted last February, but I’m back in a creative rut and I thought it was the perfect time to revisit it and try to take my own advice! Please share your tips and tricks for getting out of a funk in the comment section below.  * * * I’m in a creative rut. So what do I want to talk about? Tips for getting out of a rut, because I know what I have to do. Take a few days to focus on yourself… I’m a huge fan of “mental health days” – but if you don’t have paid sick days or are simply too busy at work to have the opportunity to take time off, be sure to do little things for yourself throughout the day. Buy a cappuccino from your favorite coffee shop, go for a walk during your lunch break, cook your favorite healthy dinner, and make sure to start that TV show you’ve been meaning to watch for months. Relax and take a few naps… When you’re not at work, take it easy. Sometimes the weekends are …

LA Film Fest ’15: Making Cool Shit with OK Go

This past Friday night I attended Making Cool Shit: The Music Videos of OK Go at the LA Film Fest. The event featured a screening of 10 of OK Go’s music videos, followed-up by a Q & A session with the band’s lead singer, Damian Kulash. “Have you seen OK Go’s new music video?” is a question I’ve been hearing for years. They’re name has become synonymous with the kind of entertaining and imaginative music videos that leave you thinking, “How the hell did they pull that off?” During his talk Kulash made it exceedingly clear that he and his bandmates don’t see themselves as filmmakers, per se, but rather musicians who enjoy creating something that’s fun and visually highlights their music. But I see it differently. Maybe they don’t care about the technicalities of cinematography or traditional editing, but they care deeply about framing; and as Martin Scorsese says “Cinema is a matter of what’s inside the frame and what’s out.” Below are some of my favorite OK Go music videos that were featured at the event. Please share your favorites in the comment …

‘Drive Time’ – Women, Art, and Los Angeles

I came across this great short film from an online post on nylon.com. Commissioned by Swedish clothing line COS, Petra Collins’ film Drive Time features five young women talking about art, culture, and why they love living in Los Angeles. I was already convinced that LA is the city for me, but this short film really sealed the deal. I’m excited to meet more women pursuing creative careers, and can’t wait to find a home for myself in a city filled with such abundant culture and diversity. COS’ next film takes a look at NYC’s art scene and is directed by Aaron Rose. PS – If you like the song featured in Drive Time be sure to check out the band Cherry Glazerr, which is led by Clementine Creevy.

Quotes on Creativity

“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse “There’s nothing creative about living within your means.” – Francis Ford Coppola “Every artist was first an amateur.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson “Creativity is an act of defiance.”- Twyla Tharp “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou “Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.” – Alfred Hitchcock “I’m drawn to filmmaking that can transport me. Film can immerse you, put you there.” – Kathryn Bigelow “The enemy of art is the absence of limitations”- Orson Welles “My focus is my art, and that’s what I love to do. I have to be really passionate in order to do something. I’ve turned down many things that I just didn’t believe in.” -Beyoncé Knowles “Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.” – Roman Polanski “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” – Albert Einstein “It seems that the greatest difficulty is to find the end. Don’t try to find it. It’s there already.”- Sofia Coppola “The essence of all beautiful art, all great …

Artists On Art

“Art is either plagiarism or revolution.” – Paul Gauguin “Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can’t articulate.” – Mos Def “I think an artist’s responsibility is more complex than people realize.” – Jodie Foster “Every artist was first an amateur.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.”- Albert Einstein “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t, say any other way – things I had no words for.”- Georgia O’Keeffe “A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.”- Albert Camus “I’ve been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good.”- Barbra Streisand “I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing.”- Francis Ford Coppola “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”- Ansel Adams “Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall in love with …

Splitscreen: A Love Story

I discovered Splitscreen: A Love Story about two years ago and never forgot it. Charming, simple, and creative, it’s a visual journey of love and exploration in which two people from separate sides of the globe meet. It was filmed entirely on the Nokia N8 cell phone and won the 2011 Nokia Shorts competition.