What I’ve Done – 3/26

The last couple days have been devoted to working on the Blurb book… so far, I’ve put together about a dozen mockups with pictures of my work. I’m finding that 20 pages is a LOT of space to fill up, and as I progress with making the mockups, I may end up shortening the book length.

 

Putting this book together has been very time consuming in ways I did not expect. Because most of my work is video, I’ve had to spend a lot of time scrubbing through videos looking for the perfect frame to use in a portfolio book. This is especially difficult with videos that include a lot of interview-type material. When put together, all the frames of a video can make a beautiful whole, but taken individually, each frame looks odd.

 

I’ve put a few screen shots below – this is by no means all that I’ve worked on. But since all my work is being displayed in the screen mockups, the images below are representative of everything I’ll be putting in the book.

 

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What I’ve Done – 3/24

Cards from MOO arrived today! They look so nice that I almost hate to think of giving them away!

Over the weekend I had to go deal with a bunch of powder snow left on a mountain north of Whitefish, but I also found time to keep working on SEO and copy writing for my website.

Additionally, the DVD packaging from stumptown printers in Portland arrived, and I’ve been trying to figure out how to print on it. The plan is to go around to some print shops tomorrow and see if they can print on the funny shaped die cut pieces. The paper is simply too thick for my flimsy little printer to handle.

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What I’ve Done – 3/21

At times I can be a disorganized person. Consequently, lists can be a lifesaver. But at the same time I dislike lists because they don’t account for future complications: plans must be dynamic, lists can’t be unless you’re constantly (wasting time) rewriting them. The list I posted on the 14th seemed great, but things have taken unexpected turns, and the due dates I set aren’t working out. My original intention was to knock out the leave behind and blurb book right away. As it turns out, materials for both have been delayed and won’t arrive until Saturday or Sunday…

That has left me with a lot of time to work on my website. I’ve also been working in DVD studio pro – trying to remember how to navigate around the vast and powerful application.Who knew there could be so many things to tweak when making a simple DVD menu!

Even so, I’ve managed to remain productive. My activities over the last two days have included:

  • Attempting to write copy for my website ( a task I find rather tough)
  • Keyword search/SEO for my website
  • Tweaking colors, fonts, and code on my website – I feel like it’s looking better
  • Printing resumes
  • Working in DVD Studio Pro to build the menu for my leave behind DVD

 

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Playing with custom fonts – do they work together?

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What I’ve Done – 3/19

Once again, I feel that a list will suffice to describe the efforts I’ve made toward completing my portfolio.

  • Added to my portfolio by filming a mountain lion for National Geographic Television
  • Picked out vector images to display work in Blurb Book (links below)
  • Laid out blurb book ( what items to use, which pages they’ll occupy, how they’ll be displayed)
  • Made a list of people to contact about getting media (I don’t have copies of some of the videos I’ve done, so I need to contact some of my clients and ask for a video clip to use on my reel – this is standard practice in the filmmaking industry)
  • Sketched out DVD menu for LeaveBehind
  • Spent too much time working on my website!  (test site can be found here)

Vector image links:

http://graphicriver.net/item/new-responsive-devices-/6278069?WT.ac=category_thumb&WT.seg_1=category_thumb&WT.z_author=SupremeThemes

http://graphicriver.net/item/professional-level-film-strip-montage/55526?WT.ac=solid_search_item&WT.seg_1=solid_search_item&WT.z_author=nineteen

http://graphicriver.net/item/poster-flyer-letterhead-mockup-kit/5337877?WT.ac=category_item&WT.seg_1=category_item&WT.z_author=adek

http://graphicriver.net/item/projector-screen-mockup-template/5351091?WT.ac=category_thumb&WT.seg_1=category_thumb&WT.z_author=loswl

http://graphicriver.net/item/led-tv-mockup/4525738?WT.ac=category_item&WT.seg_1=category_item&WT.z_author=iZZYMedia

http://graphicriver.net/item/dvd-case-mockup/3835587?WT.ac=category_thumb&WT.seg_1=category_thumb&WT.z_author=garhernan

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What I’ve Done – 3/17

Wondering what I’ve been doing the last few days? Here’s a list.

  • Redesigned business card to fit MOO template – 30 min
  • Uploaded template (1 front, 6 back) and ordered cards – 45 min
  • bought resume paper from Amazon – 5 min
  • explored options for a jQuery slider to use on my website – 3 hr
  • searched for printable DVD jackets – 1 hr

Die cut DVD jackets have been super hard to find, but  Stumptown printers in Portland has a product that might work. I called them Friday and they’re sending out samples! Expect an update once the samples arrive.

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What I’ll Do – 3/14

I’ve a long to do list for the next couple weeks. Because I’m fond of the tables one can make in Pages, I put my list into just such a table.

It is worth noting that the items in the website category do not have due dates. This is because the website doesn’t have to be done before the conference on the 27th. If the other tasks keep me busy, the website will have to wait. Otherwise, I’ll start coding and see if I can’t get a nice site started.Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 4.05.36 PM

Forty Two Days – Week Six

In case you’re not aware, I’m an avid outdoorsman. At ten months old, I spent my first night in a snow cave. Ever since, I’ve jumped at every opportunity to experience the outdoors. While my peers had sleepovers, video game tournaments, birthday parties, and whatever else it is normal people do, I played in the woods and took frequent hikes and backpack trips. Once old enough to go out on my own, I took to the outdoors in earnest, filling my winters with ski touring, ice climbing adventures, and snow cave outings. My summers were filled with rock climbing, ultralight backpacking trips in the wilderness, and the occasional mountaineering trip to Mt. Rainier in Washington.

One of the things I’ve grown up knowing is that being outdoors is inherently dangerous. Glacier National Park, where I do a lot of my adventuring, is full of Grizzly bears, avalanches, scree slopes and cliffs on which one could fall, and a host of other dangers. Bone-breaking falls, sudden storms, frostbite issues, and countless other dangers have afflicted other adventurers, and could foist themselves on me. Consequently, I’m fairly careful when playing outside. I use plenty of safety gear and take a lot of reasonable precautions. Any time before this week I would have attributed my accident-free backcountry history to these precautions. But anytime before this week, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you anything about “normal accidents” and chaos theory.

This week, I read a chapter out of a book that my dad described as “overwhelmingly disappointing with the exception of chapter six, which is actually excellent.” He was right, but I came away rethinking all I “knew” about safety in the outdoors. The premise of the chapter was that major accidents are 1) part of the system of adventure, 2) fundamentally alike, and 3) get more severe as the system of adventure becomes more complex. At first this sounded like fancy jargon. I had little understanding, but further reading helped me.

In 1984 a book was writen on the subject of “normal accidents.” The premise of this book is that big disastrous accidents occur when a large, complex, high energy system is built and then fails in one point – often an imperceptibly small and seemingly insignificant point. Though I don’t exactly understand why, these accidents cannot be avoided. Trying to add safety devices into the mix only makes the accident worse, because it introduces additional components (potential points of failure) and generally causes the system to incorporate more energy before failing. Turns out, there are actually mathematical formulas which relate the size of an accident to the frequency at which it will occur.

These accidents aren’t limited to outdoor recreation, either. The author I was reading provided examples from earthquakes, airplanes, and other common things from all walks of life. At least that made me feel better. Outdoor recreation isn’t the culprit. Rather, inevitable accidents are part of life in a chaotic universe.