Category Archives: The Hobbyist Speaks…

Goodbye, Father…

This morning at 8:31am the strongest, most loving, most caring, most supportive man I have ever known and will ever know exited this world for the next. My father Frank, after a year and a half of battling sickness caused in the aftermath of his respiratory failure-induced heart attack of March 31st, 2016, has passed on.

My father worked in the airline business for many years, and put in as many hours as humanly possible. Nothing stopped him from doing his job, even if he was sick he would suck it up and get as many hours as his body would allow him to work for. He also had another job, one which he worked 24 hours and seven days a week on – That profession was being the parent of two children, me and my older sister Brooke, and the husband of his wife, my mother Jacky. Dad did his best to make us kids happy, even if it meant losing sleep and missing a day at the office. He was always there for us, and even in the next life his mission as a parent will continue throughout eternity, watching us as our guardian angel…

Thank you everybody for your love and support, his final chapter here on Earth grew longer in length thanks to your kindness.

You are and will always be the best, Dad.

Threadless shop is up and running

Hello everyone,

I have set up a shop on the website Threadless.com, feel free to check it out if you get the opportunity, link

Threadless allows artists to share their work on the information super highway and gain more an audience by incorporating them into products. Threadless offers a variety of products ranging from clothing to home décor to accessories.

 

So this happened…

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Went to the local Marcus Theaters in Hastings, MN. and while there came across an advert of their “Sunday Passport” deal for anywhere between Sept. 3rd to Nov. 12th, 2017.

As you can see in the scanned copy on the left image there are a collage of promotional material for upcoming releases, if you notice on the lower right there is one for the Gerard Butler vehicle “Geostorm”.

This one especially caught my interest because, you see, that is actually *not* official promotional material for said movie, but actually an edit of a purely fan-made poster I designed back in 2015. Needless to say, a giant smile graced my face and “man, this is so cool” perfectly summarized my feelings about the whole ordeal.

How did this happen? After I uploaded the poster on my social media networks the director/producer of the film Dean Devlin not only liked it but also shared it on his official feed. The thing spread like wildfire and for roughly two years since more than a handful of people have actually used it in discussion of the movie on the internet. There have not been too many advertisements for the film outside of stills and trailers, and a quick Google search and my poster is definitely a top search result, with that being the case it comes as no shock that a company would assume it is the real deal and use it. This is not the first time a fan creation has gotten this level of attention in the marketplace, the internet has allowed many artists to create works that are easy to find with a click of a button and share.

I am very flattered that my art work has received so much love, it means a lot to me and encourages me to continue to grow as an artist. Thank you to the kind folks at Marcus Theaters for recognizing my talents and sharing them with more people.

Hobbyist out.

Fall ComiCon 2016

This past Saturday marked my convention debut as a guest creator, at the Fall ComiCon at the State Fairgrounds Education Center in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.

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Business card!

Set up took off the Friday before, I arrived at the education center in the afternoon and got my side of the table ready for the next morning.

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The trade show kicked off at 10am and went onto 6pm, me and my brother-in-law(pictured on the right) arrived about an hour prior for additional set up before doors officially opened up.

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Both me and my bro-in-law had a blast from start to finish, we not only did good with promoting The Imaginative Hobbyist but also met a lot of really awesome artists, cosplayers, and nerds just as big as ourselves.

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The closest my bro-in-law will get to being in a Star Wars movie…

The art definitely got the attention of a lot of people and lead to some very happy customers.

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In addition to selling art work we also handed out business cards, bookmarks, magnets, and handed out candy.

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Yes, that is indeed a Trick or Treat bowl that we used, it is the month of Halloween as you guys know…

Lunch was held in “The Fortress of Solitude” which had hot dogs, chips, cake, macaroni salad, shredded beef, and various kinds of soda pop ( Can’t beat that!)

img_2878 img_2879 img_2880Met comics legend Dan Jurgens again at the convention, shared him my Cyborg Superman piece which he was more than happy to sign( as well as sign my copy of Justice League #52), so awesome.

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The whole event was a ton of fun, I’m going to try to make it to Spring ComiCon in the Spring.

Peace.

Is film school necessary?

Some would argue film school is absolutely important to anybody looking for a career in visual storytelling arts; most notably in screenwriting, producing, and directing. Others would say that film school is just a large waste of time that ends up costing you a lot of money and nowhere as promising a future as you had hoped it would. To an independent filmmaker such as myself where do I stand on the matter?

Here is perhaps the best answer I can give to the question – That there is no definitive answer.

That’s right. There is no definitive answer regarding film school, the question and answer all varies per person and what they already know and want to know.

Suppose you have been experimenting with film production as far back as you can remember, you’ve got a whole library of books that explore the entire production process of a film, you’ve got access to enough filming equipment, editing software, and you are doing a fairly good job at getting your name out there(film festivals, social media, person to person interaction, etc.) and above all else you know how to tell a truly effective story – Is film school worth the investment? Most employers you meet with probably won’t take much notice of what school you went to learn your craft unless it was some prestigious place like the UCLA or New York Film Academy and even then reactions might be “oh wow, that’s a very good school…” and that’ll be pretty much the end of it. What will really get you a sweet gig is the promise of what you can bring to the table as well as a pretty nifty resume from the tip of your fingers.

Today’s digital age has made it very possible for many aspiring filmmakers who want to their share their voice with the world. HD Camcorders, DSLRs, even phones can be used to make a film of your own and have tons of features that can make something ordinary look extraordinary. Better still, editing software released on the market currently can allow you create your own visual effects that can make your $50 dollar short look and feel like it cost hundreds to thousands.

The digital age has also made it easier to get your name out there and network with other people with professional careers in the entertainment industry who might just be looking to invest or collaborate with a fresh exciting talent.

On the other hand…Going to film school or going towards a degree in film production might assist you in several areas you might not have considered in the first place before enrolling( The more you know, the better). Sure, you might hear some things you’d expect to hear from instructors like “No matter what…Story and characters come first” but the possibility of hearing something different is there as well. In my honest opinion the best way to look at an education in film production is really based on the student and what they aspire to learn, if you know what you want to study meet with your academic advisor and discuss your educational goals. Going to film school, going towards a degree in film production also presents networking opportunities as you’ll be able to meet other students with similar career goals who you could collaborate with on future projects(be they for class or on your own time).

Film school is not available to everyone though, and not every school has film production for a major, however, there’s still a good chance you’ll see a few courses that are related to film production that you can take that could count towards your degree or bounce up those general education credits. This was the case for me at the first school I was enrolled in – film was not a major, but through good guidance from my academic advisor I ended up taking courses that were related to film production one way or another and I ended up taking an internship at the television station in my hometown which eventually earned me a job there as a producer/editor/graphic designer. My internship at the station, in addition to some of the courses I was taking in college, made me eligible to compete in the SkillsUSA Digital Cinema Production competition in 2013. Both me and my project partner represented our school at state and the video we shot and edited won and we both went to represent not just our school but our whole state at SkillsUSA nationals in Kansas City, Missouri later that year. Though we did not win nationals it was a very good experience and built lots of character.

So the answer to the question is really up to you to decide – Do you think you need an education in film or do you feel you’ve learned enough and have enough going for you that you don’t really have a need for it? In either case its always important to network with other people and try to form relationships, you should try to build up a profile and promote yourself both on social media and in your hometown. The more your establish yourself as a creator of content the more interested people will be to hire you for a gig, try not to be picky about what they might want you for the more experience you get under your belt the more established your style will become and the more likely people will recommend you to others. It is very important to not look at any gig as just “a gig”, look at it as something huge and try to add your own flare to it that’ll make it stand out from anything similar – take the ordinary and turn it into the extraordinary.

Hobbyist out.