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By Scott Erickson | Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Director's take: Introducing viewers to Beeple, Everyday Artist

Introducing Beeple

Remember the Star Destroyer blazing across the screen in the opening of Star Wars? Or Indiana Jones running from a giant rolling boulder in Raiders of the Lost Ark?

The opening moments of a film are crucial for capturing your viewers’ attention and getting them invested in your story from the start—especially on the Internet, where that “next thing” is just a click away. When planning our documentaries, we often put more time and resources into that opening scene than anything else.

As a director for the lynda.com Creative Spark documentary series, I’m lucky to profile designers, photographers, and other artists who have cool creative spaces or exciting creative processes and tools.

But Mike Winkelmann—better known online as Beeple—had none of those.

By David Niles White | Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Two lynda.com documentaries accepted into the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

We are very pleased to announce that two of our Creative Inspirations documentaries, Stefan Bucher, Designer, Illustrator and Writerand Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artist, have been selected for screening at the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The first film, Stefan Bucher, Designer, Illustrator and Writer, follows the journey of Stefan Bucher, a prolific artist who is seemingly obsessed with finding impressive new ways to put ink on paper, from his first illustrations for The Donaldist (a magazine dedicated to the exploration of Donald Duck comics), through Art Center College, Portland agency Wieden+Kennedy, Madonna’s Maverick Records, and finally his own company, 344 Design.

In the second selection, Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artist, graphic designer Marian Bantjes discusses her creative process and shares her views on design and designers with the lynda.com documentary team on location in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, and in Marian’s home and workspace near Vancouver.

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.

Members of the lynda.com documentary team will be in attendance at the screenings to answer questions. For more information on the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs January 26th through February 5th, visit http://sbiff.org. Hope to see you there!

Interested in more? • The entire Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artistdocumentary • The entire Stefan Bucher, Designer, Illustrator and Writerdocumentary • All lynda.com documentaries

Suggested courses to watch next:tokidoki, Character Illustrator Ron Crabb, Digital IllustratorBig Spaceship, Digital Creative AgencyBert Monroy, Digital Painter and Illustrator

By David Niles White | Friday, February 25, 2011

Behind the scenes on location with Hello Design

The documentary team is pleased to share some production stills from the just released Creative Inspirations installment about Hello Design. We shot at Hello’s Culver City, California studio that they (of course) designed themselves. It’s a great collaborative space with lots of daylight. It’s also next door to Tea Forest, the popular coffee/tea shop built by CEO David Lai and his wife. Started as more of an experiment, Tea Forest is now a bustling part of their neighborhood. We also shot at a number of locations including the amazing Walt Disney Concert Hall. Because of Hello’s working relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, we were able to get permission to shoot in this architectural marvel as part of our story about the Bravo Gustavo, the iPhone app they developed to promote new conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Enjoy!

Creative Inspirations director Scott Erickson works with cinematographer Jacob K. Cunningham as they set up their next shot at Hello Design's studio.

Creative Inspirations director Scott Erickson works with cinematographer Jacob K. Cunningham as they set up their next shot at Hello Design's studio.

Cinematographer Ben Nilsson is checking camera and audio settings before rolling at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Cinematographer Ben Nilsson is checking camera and audio settings before rolling at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Scott and cinematographer Mia Shimabuku with Hello Design Account Director Scott Arenstein in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

Scott and cinematographer Mia Shimabuku with Hello Design Account Director Scott Arenstein in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

Scott and Mia shoot Hello's Scott Arenstein demonstrating their iPhone app (Bravo Gustavo!) while on stage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.  

Scott and Mia shoot Hello's Scott Arenstein demonstrating their iPhone app (Bravo Gustavo!) while on stage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

By David Niles White | Friday, July 02, 2010

New Creative Inspirations documentary features photographer Natalie Fobes

Award-winning photographer and author Natalie Fobes is the subject of lynda.com's latest Creative Inspirations documentary.

Interviewing in the middle of a spectacular old growth forest in the Olympic National Forest, our crew took a moment to appreciate what a privilege it is to bring the Natalie Fobes, Photographer documentary to lynda.com members. Natalie’s photographs take us from the (all too relevant) Exxon Valdez oil spill to the very personal moments of a bride’s special day.

We discovered that she is as special as her photographs. Natalie is always giving back, whether it’s through her work with the Blue Earth Alliance or teaching photographers how to make a living doing what they love—capturing unforgettable moments. The images in this installment are, in my opinion, some of the most striking our cameras have captured. It was just released today in the Online Training Library®. Enjoy!

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