posts about or somewhat related to ‘craft’

Blade Runner: Aquarelle Edition

I’m a fan of patient things. If you wanted to dig deep it’s a reaction to the hyper immediacy of digital lives. With everything a touch, click or swipe away, we forget the journey on our leap to the destination. Communication, ideas and thoughts get reduced to an atomized 140 characters.

Which, now that my jaw is no longer on the ground, I say take twelve minutes to watch Anders Ramsell’s watercolor remix of Blade Runner. This reportedly is part 1 of more to come, and Ramsell has created it by painting and then animating 3,285 separate watercolors across his timeline. — Michael

I sure wish we could get rid of that word “content” to refer to writing, photography, drawing, and design online. The very word breathes indifference — why would one bother about the quality of work when it’s referred to as “content”? I’m sorry to respond to your good question with a cranky diatribe, but this word has crept from New Media over to Radio Broadcasting where I live in my little cave and now my Show has become Content and is sent around to stations in a nice digital package that squashes the sound. Public radio, which holds itself up as a believer in quality, is cutting corners on all sides and I see this perfidious word “content” as part of the downward slide. I loathe the word. It’s like referring to Omaha [Beach] as a development.

Garrison Keillor, host of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, answering a question about how he creates content for his show.

British Journal of Photography, Photography as “Content”.

Jon Stewart and Bill Moyers on the art of the interview, part 02.

In which Stewart discusses his inability to interview Donald Rumsfeld and Moyers talks about the difference between narrating and reporting, and why he doesn’t want to interview politicians because their goal is to conceal rather than reveal.

Part 01 is here.

Run Time: 4:45

Jon Stewart and Bill Moyers on the art of the interview, part 01.

In which they discuss the difference between providing context and amnesty, and how the immediate is not always the most important.

Part 02 is here.

Run Time: 4:53.

Nick Kristof

—Nick Kristof

Nick Kristof on Story Telling & Development

New York Times columnist Nick Kristof visits the Center for Global Development to talk about his reporting, his recent book and how he tries to use both to draw attention to issues in the developing world.

Run Time: ~20:00 | Download (Right / CRTL Click)

This man is an author. He writes stories.

He has just finished writing a story.

He thinks many people will like to read it.

So, he must have the story made into a book.

Let’s see how the book is made.

Run Time: 9:55

FJP: A few things: first, listen to the voiceover script. That’s some crazy SVO writing. Second, our future selves will watch a video about our present selves making ebooks and think it just as quaint.

Kurt Vonnegut: the Shapes of Stories

The famed writer walks us through three dramatic prototypes and believes that a computer should be able to hack a storytelling algorithm.

Consider before you embark on your next feature.

Run Time: 4:37.

With all due respect to the talented journalists who came before, it’s not solely about reporting and writing any more. Today, you need to do it all.

— Lewis DVorkin,Chief Product Officer, Forbes Media