Having a blog, writing and publishing everyday has been something that have been in my head for a lot of years. But I have always failed on keeping the stream of content when I tried. Now I feel that it has been very easy and I think having a motivating goal behind it has been the key.
Some people say it takes 21 days to build an habit, and today I am reaching that milestone. Will I continue posting day after day without breaking the chain?
Soon I will write a review about how I have been living building the habit. And I will also send the monthly summary in the next days. If you want to receive it sign up at the sidebar form.
Developing a concept about group dynamics based on my experience at various organizations, companies, projects, conversations with other people and theorical knowledge about the subject.
A work in progress video is on the way.
Here it is. The video I was shooting yesterday. I got a lot of new ideas about how to handle the script, indications to the performers and make transition between takes.
The video is recorded at 5% the speed using a modified version of the original video. The video plays so slow that audio is not and option and verbal cues must be given by an assistant along with the video in slow motion.
Then the video is edited and sped up 2000 times to get in sync with the music again.
Take 2.1 is the first try I did at 5% speed.
Take 3.1 and 3.2 were shot next to Watershed at Bristol, UK
Take 3.3 was shot at Castle Park (Bristol)
There is a lot of difference between the take 3.1 and 3.2. The second having a better performance. During the first try we found what kind of cues where needed. The laptop screen is hard to see on sunlight but it is very helpful, specially on scene changes. On the take 3.3 I could rely a lot more on the verbal indications. Lip poses are a thought one yet. When the coreography and poses are memorized you can easily follow time cues such as "leg going up" and "leg going down" which are easily represented by one assistant waiving the hand up and down, for example.
I think next individual tests will focus on "lip syncing" (methods for recalling lip poses) and "using props". I also need to start testing shots with more people and see how to manage different people while dancing and doing scene transitions.
Today I have made more tests for the "Sped up Gangnam style in one take video project" (I´m thinking about calling it oppa for short). The results are rendering just now, so I will show them in tomorrow's post.
I have shot two tests of ~5min next to Watershed and another one (the same segment) at Castle Park. Looks like Castle Park can be a very good location for the shooting, and also for rehearsals because there is lots of space and there is people around (that will serve as contrast when speeding up) and we are less likely to annoy the people passing by.
This morning before going out I read the Intùiti cards for myself. Yes, just like in reading tarot cards. It's funny and interesting to do so, and you can always get to some iluminating or relaxing thinking.
These are the cards I draw. The one in the left are supossed to be the "positive" ones that are giving some kind of source to my creativity/energy. And the two on the right side can give me hints of things that are blocking me.
My deck of intùiti arrived just a few hours ago, they look nice and have a mysterious presence.
When I first backed the kickstarter campaing I did not go deep into the concept. I just liked the idea of a bunch of images that I can shuffle and use as a seed for inspiration and to create random connections when thinking creatively. I knew the author made some thinking and researching about what kind of images can trigger that. But when I have finally touched and seen them I have realized there is a pattern. They really look designed to work together, as a whole, having the elegance and balance of something universal.
The following is an excerpt from the official book that explains all the study and research behind the creation of these cards. It is a little example on how to use the cards and I am going to try this right now:
If you want to have fun helping (this is a non-profit, free and open project) you are welcome to give a hand giving advice, rewieving the script and the plans, and if you live near Bristol helping with the actual shooting. Just comment or drop me a line.
When reading about online marketing it is easy to think on all the things you need to thing about selling stuff. But even when I am looking for a way to make a life out of selling digital goods, what I want to do is being able to create freely. Then I will find a way to monetize it. I will have to start very soon making more experiments (I have already been doing some minor ones) trying to sell, this way I will train with all the pieces together.
Pasive income and pasive value creation
A few weeks ago a friend sent me a link to an article by Steve Pavlina about passive value. It was perfect timing because I was using a lot of mental energy thinking about the business things. I was reading the article again today and I specially liked this sentece which I feel reflects what I want to do:
But this helped me get better at understanding what people desire and how that matches up with what I can provide.
Well, and I have also been playing a lot this little game: http://candies.aniwey.net
Very interesting how it is designed.
Quick idea about designing infinite games: represent asinthotyc leveling visually using a zoom.
I know the concept of "infinite game" is out there bit I am not sure how developed or researched is it.
If anybody knows about this topic, if is it possible to create a game that you can play during your whole life, would be interesting to hear about it.
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