Project Highlight: “Bible App For Kids”

This is an amazing time to be a creative. Location is not a factor for most creative projects. With online collaboration tools giving organizations the ability to hire companies based on their key creative strength, it makes it possible to produce complex projects without having to hire an onsite team to pull it off.

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Timbuktoons worked with LifeChurch.tv/YouVersion Bible App, One Hope, and Ovenbits in the latest story launched in the Bible App for Kids available for all devices and found in the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon.

“Two by Two” depicts the story of Noah and the flood through 8 interactive story panels with user triggered animation and a ton of characters. Timbuktoons handled animation planning, character rigging using interactive game software, rough animation and final animation production, as well as setting the files up to dish off to Ovenbits to program the interactivity.

You can read more about it here.

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Calling All Artists! (NEW E-book Coming Soon)

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If you are fuzzy about your specific calling as an artist, feel stuck or confused, want to take your skills to another level, wonder if you were built for something more, or if you need advice and direction from a trusted voice to figure out which way to go with your creative career, this e-book is for you.

To be honest, I hate talking about my experience, but I want to leverage every experience I’ve had in my education and career to help you discover your strengths, thrive as a creative, avoid pitfalls, and use your gifts to make the world a better place. In a career of over 25 years, I’ve had the opportunity to work in animation, illustration, graphic design, book design and layout, oversize print design, exhibit design, themed environment design, mural painting, art direction, visual development, character design, prop design, layout and background design, voice acting, voice directing, creative project management, IP development, motion graphics and compositing, sound design, writing, consulting, and creative coaching.

I have also led creative teams; taught workshops at large events, executive produced, marketed, and sold animated DVD and online products; been a commercial and short format director; licensed artwork, characters, and content; developed IP’s for Timbuktoons and several other companies/organizations; worked with an agent, pitched concepts to major kids networks including Cartoon Network, Disney Television, Nickelodeon, The Hub, PBS Kids, and more; worked with government agencies, for-profit companies, and non-profit organizations; branded and/or rebranded local, and national organizations; incorporated 3 companies in 2 different states; developed financial plans and secured intellectual property investors; worked with intellectual property lawyers; interviewed and hired creative employees; worked on multiple interactive/game projects for all key tablet and phone formats.

If you are a “creative” of any stripe, this e-book was written just for you. If you want to find a sense of clarity, purpose, and passion, and if you want to develop a practical game plan to help you move forward with motivation and intentionality, you simply must have this e-book!

You were born at a great time. In many ways, we are in a modern day Renaissance for creatives. There are significant cultural, economic, and technological factors that have converged in this generation that provide an opportunity for you like no other time in history. With the number of new found opportunities for artists, supported by creative industry reports predicting continued growth, it is critically important for creatives to find clarity.

There are hundreds of ways to make a living as an artist, so it’s more important than ever to figure out exactly what you were built for. You need to discover your calling and identify your core creative marketable strengths, then you need to set goals, plan your work, then work your plan. This extensive e-book is designed to help you do just that.

Please share this with other artists and stay tuned. I’m putting the finishing touches on a release date and we’ll announce that very soon. I want as many artists as possible to know about this book because I believe it will change the trajectory of their career. More importantly, I believe it will give them a sense of purpose, passion, and motivation like they have never had before. I can’t wait to launch this e-book. Please help get the word out!

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How Mike Wazowski Can Help You Discover Your True Identity

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines identity as: “the distinguishing character or personality of an individual”.

Chances are you haven’t ever really thought much about this. Most people don’t until they face a crisis, major transition, or are facing some other decision that will impact their life in a significant way.

For some people their sense of identity is wrapped up in their career, for some it’s wrapped up in being a parent…or a soldier, or an artist…etc. But identity really goes much deeper than that.

Identity has to do with who you are at the core level as a uniquely designed individual. You are a one-of-a-kind masterpiece with hardwiring and experiences that no one else has.

Occupations, roles, seasons, and situations change, but your identity remains constant.

I always find that abstract concepts are better explained by specific examples. Since I’m an animation nerd, I thought I’d use an example from an animated movie.

Learn a lesson from Mike Wazowski from Pixar’s Monsters University. (Forget what you know about him from Monsters Inc. for a moment.) His whole identity was wrapped up in becoming a scarer. It’s all he thought about since he was a kid. His story arc (and Sulley’s as well) in the film is all about finding his identity.

This example is relevant to you and I. If you identified with any of the S5 categories I mentioned in an earlier post, I think you will relate to Mike.

You have a dream of becoming a certain type of creative, but you’re not 100% sure if that is your identity or not. Interest and desire do not equal identity. Identity is only found in the journey and is usually different that what it appears to be on the surface.

At a critical moment in the film, after several suprise wins in a fraternity competition, Sully realizes they have won through a combination of luck and hard work.

He realizes that their team does not have what it takes to win the final challenge. He turns to Mike and says, “You can train monsters like this all you want, but you can’t change who they are!”

Even the initials of the fraternity they belonged to pointed to how they were percieved by others and how they felt deep down. Oozma Kappa (OK). Their motto was “We’re OK!” That was their identity. We’re just OK. Nothing special. No real talent to share here.

Later, after coming to grips with the fact that he was not a natural scarer, Mike says to Sulley, “I thought if I wanted it enough I could show everyone that Mike Wazowski is someone special.”

Mike’s sense of self worth was wrapped up in his identity as a scarer. But his real identity was as a forward thinking coach. He brought out the best in others, taught them how to work as a team, and found a way to win. Infact, during one of the very last shots of the film, at the end of a montage of scenes showing how Mike and Sulley climbed the ranks from the mail room to the scare floor, just as they are about to step foot on the scare floor as official scarers, Sully looks at Mike and says, “Are you ready, coach?”

You’ll miss the line if you’re not paying close attention, but it punctuates Mike’s mature acceptence and celebration of his true identity.

All along he was bringing out the best in everyone around him. All along he was studying every angle of scaring. All along he was finding a way to win. But it took a journey of self discovery to understand his true identity.

I would describe Mike Wasowski’s identity as: “a fearless and unconventional, motivational catalyst”. If you were to put your identity into words, how would you describe it? Take some time to reflect and talk to others who know you well. Take a crack at writing out your identity statement. Try to use as few words as possible, write a few versions, sleep on it, then come back to it to come up w/ a final version.  Feel free to post your identity statement below. I’d love to hear from you.

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Transcendent Vs. Relevant: Why Church Media Should Lead Creative Culture

Here’s another guest post I wrote for my friends over at the Church Media Blog. I have included the first paragraph and a link to the full post.

In both creative and in Christian circles I hear a lot about being relevant. Relevant is an adjective that means “closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand.” It means the solution is pertinent or applicable. It makes sense. It’s current. Relevance is relevant but is it over used? Has the term been come to mean “cool”, “hip” or “in style”? The applications of relevance have to do with breadth. Reaching a wide demographic and not being out of date. The goal here is to hit the middle of the bell curve. Read more…

 

The Power of Art and Media in KidMin

I started guest posting over at KidzMatter.com and here’s the first paragraph and a link to their site.

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Media is a powerful tool, and is used to teach, train, influence, tell great stories, bring awareness, stir emotion, persuade, and engage. Billions are spent on production and distribution, and media reaches every corner of the world. On YouTube alone, 2 billion videos per day are watched. – See more.