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By David Niles White | Friday, October 14, 2011

Marian Bantjes on the big screen

This Friday, October 14th, at 9PM, we have a special treat for AIGA Pivot attendees and lynda.com subscribers who are within traveling distance to Phoenix. As part of the Pivot—AIGA’s 2011 Design Conference in Phoenix, AZ—lynda.com will present a screening of our latest release in the Creative Inspirations series, Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artist. The screening will be in the beautiful Phoenix Symphony Hall and will be followed by Michael Bierut (Partner/Pentagram) interviewing Marian live on stage. I’ll be there to introduce the film along with series director Scott Erickson. If you’re attending the conference, your badge gets you into the screening. If you’re a lynda.com member, please go to http://marian.eventbrite.com/ to add yourself to the guest list.  The theatre seats a total of 2,300 people, so we should have plenty of room! Hope you can make it.

By David Niles White | Friday, September 23, 2011

Creative Inspirations bonus feature: Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artist

The recently released Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artist installment of our flagship documentary series, Creative Inspirations, had the documentary team racking up some serious mileage. We followed Marian to her one-woman show in Toronto, filmed her at her home on secluded Bowen Island (off the coast of Vancouver), and filmed segments in New York and Los Angeles. Marian is a delightful travel companion and always gave us her best whether the camera was on or off. This Creative Inspirations also features an original score written and produced by composer Reg Powell. We’re looking forward to a screening of the film at Phoenix Symphony Hall on October 14th as part of AIGA’s Pivot Conference. Marian will be in Phoenix and will be interviewed by design legend Michael Bierut after the screening—and of course, our cameras will be there.

The bonus feature release shows Marian’s presentation to a packed auditorium at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto. She speaks extensively about her creative process, including why rest and relaxation plays an important part in generating new ideas.

By David Niles White | Friday, September 09, 2011

Creative Inspirations bonus feature: Richard Koci Hernandez

This spring, lynda.com had a special screening of Richard Koci Hernandez: Multimedia Journalist at the Pacific Film Archive Theatre on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. Since we filmed this documentary, Koci has been granted a full time teaching position in the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. After the screening, Koci was interviewed by Jeremy Rue, a colleague in the graduate school, to talk about the film, his career, and to answer questions that have been posed to us since the film’s release. Many photographers had asked about the need to secure releases from his subjects when shooting his unique style of street photography. This answer and an update on Koci’s current projects are here as part of the Creative Inspirations bonus features.

By David Niles White | Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Bonus features: Mexopolis, Animation Studio

MAD magazine cartoonist Sergio Aragones and Jorge Gutirrez.

During the filming of the Creative Inspirations:Mexopolis, Animation Studio, artist Jorge Gutierrez told us a compelling story about one of his most important influences as a child, MAD magazine cartoonist Sergio Aragones. Not being able to speak English, Jorge fell in love with Sergio’s wordless cartoons and told his father that this is what he wanted to do when he grew up.

As fate would have it, Jorge’s father went to architecture school with Sergio. His father drove him from Tijuana to ComicCon in San Diego to have Sergio explain to the young Jorge the importance of attending college. And there the story begins.

Twenty-three years had elapsed since they had seen each other, but we were able to arrange an emotional reunion at a quiet spot near the lynda.com studios. Join us in this latest bonus feature as Sergio reflects on some of the life experiences that have made him one of the most beloved cartoonists of our time.

By David Niles White | Friday, August 26, 2011

Creative Inspirations bonus feature: Stefan G. Bucher

lynda.com’s documentary team is pleased to announce an addition to the Creative Inspirations series: bonus features. Starting this week, we’ll begin to roll out a series of extras that were produced to enhance the viewing experience of our flagship documentary series.

After release, we often screen our films for a theatre audience and bring the person featured in the documentary to the screening to be interviewed on camera. The topics discussed are frequently derived from feedback we receive from our members. These bonus features put you in the front row, and let you become inspired all over again.

Stefan G. Bucher

After the screening, Stefan G. Bucher answered audience questions during his interview with Terry Lee Stone.

This summer, lynda.com had a special screening of Stefan G. Bucher, Designer, Illustrator, and Writer in the Ahmanson Theatre at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. After the lights came up, Stefan came up on stage to enthusiastic applause to be interviewed by Terry Lee Stone, a writer and creative strategist who teaches the business of design at Art Center. This lively discussion (which included audience Q&A) covers a wide range of topics and brings us up to date on Stefan’s most recent endeavors. Highlights include Stefan’s thoughts on choosing projects and (the question that’s on everyone’s mind) what’s next for the monsters! As usual, Stefan brought along his sharp wit and wonderful sense of humor.

The bonus feature can be found at the end of the table of contents on the documentary page: Stefan G. Bucher, Designer, Illustrator, and Writer.

By David Niles White | Thursday, July 21, 2011

Free screening of Stefan G. Bucher Creative Inspirations documentary

On Thursday, July 28, join lynda.com and Art Center College of Design as we present a screening of the new film from the lynda.com Creative Inspirations series, Stefan G. Bucher, Designer, Illustrator, and Writer. Follow Stefan from his first illustrations, through Art Center College of Design, Portland agency Wieden+Kennedy, Madonna’s Maverick Records, and finally his own company, 344 Design. If you’re in the Pasadena, CA area, it’s a great opportunity to check out our latest documentary on the big screen, meet other lynda.com members, and attend a Q&A with Stefan Bucher.

Admission is free, as space permits.

Event details:

Stefan G. Bucher, Designer, Illustrator, and Writer Art Center College of Design, Hillside Campus, Pasadena Ahmanson Auditorium

Thursday, July 28

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Screening 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Q&A with Stefan

RSVP to alumni@artcenter.edu by July 25.

We hope to see you there!

By David Niles White | Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Behind the scenes with Stefan G. Bucher

From our most recent Creative Inspirations release, Stefan G. Bucher, Designer, Illustrator, and Writer, the documentary team is pleased to share some images from our location shooting. We covered a lot of ground with Stefan, from his workspace, to the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, to Skylight books for his book release celebration. As you’ll notice from the film, Stefan doesn’t exactly keep daylight hours. Other than our shoot at his alma mater (Art Center College of Design), we shot entirely at night, including wandering the streets of Pasadena at 3:00 a.m. in search of late-night groceries. The crew is still catching up on sleep. Enjoy!

Series director Scott Erickson with cinematographer Tony Cruz at Stefan’s workspace in Pasadena, California.

Scott and Tony moving through the ‘worm hole’ at the Echo Park Time Travel Mart. (Tony is not blurry, he’s time shifting).

Mmmmm.  Bold mammothy flavor from the Time Travel Mart.

Cinematographer Mia Shimabuku at Skylight Books shooting the release party for Stefan’s latest book, You Deserve a Medal: Honors on the Path to True Love.

By David Niles White | Thursday, June 09, 2011

Doyald Young documentary selected for London film festival

Doyald at his drafting table.

We’re very pleased to announce that one of our Creative Inspirations documentaries has again been accepted into a major film festival. Doyald Young, Logotype Designer has been selected to screen at the Open City London Documentary Film Festival on June 17, at 1:30 p.m. BST.

The documentary team at lynda.com is honored by the recognition that our films have received, and we’ll continue to strive to deliver excellent, compelling and inspiring stories.

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