Square Peg, Round Hole: Avoid The Box

I love podcasts. I use them for a variety of purposes. Sometimes they are used to entertain, and sometimes they are used to educate. But the best is when these two purposes intersect and that is how I often feel about The Nerdist Podcast. For those not familiar, Chris Hardwick is an American born actor (sort of), tv host (occasionally) and stand up comedian (professionally) but over the past few years he has become particularly well known as the founder of the Nerdist network, a network that seemingly knows no bounds. His focus seems to be “if you want to make something, make something”. He is a believer that the current landscape of media and internet allows for anyone to produce anything they want. I’vactore always loved this concept because I think it is indicative of the entrepreneurial spirit that I think is so important in todays culture and economy. Read More


Sintel, Sony and You.

As I was getting ready to write my next entry for the East Coast Creative Collective, I noticed a tweet from Ton Roosendaal, the creator of the free 3D animation software Blender. On April 5, Ton wrote that Blender’s animated short, “Sintel” was banned from viewing on YouTube at the request of Sony Pictures. YouTube’s Content ID system scans multimedia files on its website to determine the presence of illegal copyright materials in accordance with the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Read More

Words to Kill

Part of the self-editing process (you do self-edit, right?) is to clean-up passive voice, needless adverbs and filler words. This is typically done in a pass that doesn’t pass any judgement on the content itself. It’s a mechanical exercise.

So, why not use the awesome power of your computer to get it done. Write down a list of words that indicate writing that could be tightened up. Use an angry red crayon, if it helps. Start with these gems: was, were, had, just, that, started, think, thought, only. Add words to the list you often overuse. Search for them using the so-named function of your word processor. Don’t automatically remove, but challenge them. Are these the best word choices? Read More

A Novelty Program

“So I think I’m going to write a book!”

It’s a fairly common scene: You’ve met with your friends for coffee and during the round table of fabulous new things everyone has going on in their lives, a ‘friend’ has decided to write a book. Amazing, right? What an ambitious goal in life! Maybe you catch yourself wondering if this is going to be like one of the last five times this idea has come up; where you’re going to sit quietly Read More

Mind Map

Getting and Staying Creative

Regardless of what creative field you are in, there are always days when you just can’t seem to think of anything to write, draw, doodle, animate, design, or paint. And sometimes you look at something and know something is off but you just can’t put your finger on it.

Having a solid creative process helps you develop ideas when you feel like you have none. Each person has a different process and is inspired and motivated by different things. Some people love Pinterest and for others magazines and books offer more plentiful fodder. Although you’ve probably heard most, if not all, of these before here are some reminders on ways to get the creative juices flowing again when you get stuck. Read More

365 days of creating

The Year of the Creative

My name is Paige Sawler and I am a creative person with a terrible habit of giving up. As a graphic designer, my brain is constantly coming up with new ideas, brainstorming new projects, thinking when it should be sleeping. I’m always full of brand new plans, excited about new hobbies, and into learning a million new things at once, but I have a problem. When I start something new I’m inspired, and when I start to lose that inspiration, I lose motivation and I fail to commit to anything all the way through. I know I’m not alone in this creative struggle of constant inspiration, so I wanted to test myself. Read More

Blender: Free-D for all

I love watching movies, especially films in the Science-Fiction/Fantasy genre. I’m mesmerized by the sight of aliens, spaceships, giant robots, mutant creatures, and dragons. Visually, these elements are realized by a team of creative, talented and skilled Designers, Animators and Visual Effects Artists using the latest digital tools to bring them to life. These same tools, Computer Graphics or CG Animation programs, usually cost thousands of dollars and are targeted to the Animation/Visual Effects studios involved in feature film and TV projects. Read More

Start Writing…Like Now

Blogging is not hard. There. I said it. It’s just not. Now don’t get me wrong. Growing a following for your blog can be difficult. Monetizing your blog, if you so choose, can be incredibly difficult. But that’s not what we’re talking about. What we’re talking about is blogging and blogging is not hard. Do you have thoughts? Do you have access to a computer? These are your two requirements. These are your only two requirements. Everything else is icing on the cake. So, I’m not going to work with you on the topics of having thoughts or having access to a computer because if you don’t have either of these two things, we can’t really continue. Also, here’s my brief blurb on the why. You can blog for a thousand reasons. Read More