When I was in high school, I remember there was a special art certificate you would receive if you received an ‘A’ in eight or more art classes. I intentionally only took seven art classes. I thought excelling in art meant I was lazy. Today, I’m so far removed from this mindset that it’s hard to imagine how I came to this conclusion. Thinking back, it seems like it’s engraved in us at a very young age.
I was on a plane last week and the guy beside me was asking about what I do for a living. When he heard I was a video producer, he started to talk about his 16 year old and how he wanted to be film composer. The man got very honest with me admitting that he’s often discouraged his son from pursuing it with the reasoning being, “there’s no money in it.” While ‘the starving artist’ does still exist, I think we’ve never been in a better time to make a career out of being creative. The internet has opened a world that isn’t going to close down any time soon. Once art was a thing that was shared in galleries, long after the creator has moved on to his next project. Now we can share a poem, design, or video seconds after we’ve created it. It’s not easy and not for everyone to make a living in the arts, but creativity is necessary in almost every profession.
As we ship jobs overseas and find robots to check us out at the grocery store, one thing remains irreplaceable: a creative mind. This dad’s intentions were good, and in his honesty, was able to admit to me that maybe he had it wrong, maybe there was room for his son to follow his passion. I pray for this father and son and, as I start out as a parent myself, I’ve been reflecting on what and how am I going to teach my kids. What’s the first thing God taught us in his Word? He showed us how he created. And the fact that we have the opportunity to share in that creation is very powerful. I don’t have all the answers, and it is never easy to be an artist. I really want to hear others thoughts on a creative education. How can we better teach creativity in our schools and homes? How do you incorporate creativity in fields not considered ‘art’ careers?
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” -Pablo Picasso
I leave you with this video of a talk by Sir Ken Robinson on creativity in the educational systems (note: we did not make this video, we just really like it):
I am honored to be recognized among such incredible young Catholics on Focus’ 30 under 30 list. Focus is doing some incredible work in the Church and it’s great to see them shining light on a piece of the larger Church. I also had the opportunity to do a follow up interview with our friends at Aleteia.
Our first question with any group we get to work with is, “What is your mission?” Josh and the rest of the gang at eCatholic knew their mission well: “Make it easy for parishes and ministries to make beautiful websites.” Getting to hang out with the team really showed me their passion and dedication to this mission. I get lots of questions about where parishes should go for websites and I’ve been pointing at eCatholic for years now. So when they asked us to share their mission through a short film we jumped on the opportunity. I spent a good amount of time on the back-end of their new eCatholic 5 and I’ve got to say it’s pretty phenomenal how easy it is to use.
Wahoo! It’s our grand opening of our new Likable Store. We’ve had countless requests for a store for quite some time and we are excited to finally offer some of our designs for purchase. Have a request for other products and designs? Feel free to send us a message, as it will be a growing catalog. For our grand opening use the code grandopening20 for 20% off.
We have a small list of ministries and organizations that we would love to work with if the opportunity would arise. Matthew Kelly and The Dynamic Catholic Institute has been at the top of that list for quite sometime. We are proud to introduce our newest short film released this morning.
Based on an exert from Matthew Kelly’s “The Rhythm of Life” we set out to make something engaging and meaningful. We came up with the concept of showing the contrasts laid out in the book by using projections where we see the contradictions in a way that we’ve never seen before.
Dynamic Catholic is doing some incredibly innovative and significant work in the Church. They are great at aiming for unversed Catholics. At the same time they seem to be sure not to water down the message and are always pointing to the spiritual classics and the ancient truths. Our Church needs more minds thinking differently how we deliver and share the beautiful timeless truths of the Catholic Church.
What to do to change the world? Pray and Fast. Jesus said it multiple times and is was a delight to work with the Bishops to reiterate this challenge. Go to the USCCB’s site to learn more. Also don’t forget to check out Spanish version.
Another collaboration with Outside Da Box and Vcat. This is the first in the series of 12 videos they’re putting together for the sacraments. We’re very excited to have the opportunity to continue unpacking this theme this year.
This was such a fun project to work on. The Franciscan Youth Outreach office approached us again to do the 2013 opener for the Steubenville Conferences. The theme was ‘Chosen’ and as always it was a well thought through theme with much meaning. As I started to work on a script for this piece I started to wonder if someone wiser than me had said things better. When I heard this talk by Fulton Sheen I knew we were onto something. His words move me to my core.
I wanted to make something that would build nicely and get the audience excited for the conference, yet accomplish a couple of goals. 1) the audience has to have enough time to settle down and have the ability to read/understand the content 2) Wanting to use dubstep I also wanted to make sure to leave the band somewhere to go. So while we’re were laying out the film we made a whole version that imitated the crowd noise and the emotion of the audience. We used ethereal sounds to start and end the film in order to bring the audience to a place of attention. We left a little bit of breathing room and also made sure all the important quotes were in text and in speech. We kept the look consistent with the package we put together for their promo.
We are excited to release this new short that was shown around the country to an audience of over 50,000. This film premiered at the Steubenville Conferences, if you were there leave us a comment and let us know what you thought. Also be sure to check out a couple behind the scenes photos on Facebook.
Short film produced for the 2013 Steubenville Conferences
Produced by Likable Art www.likableart.com
Featuring: Neil Gloudeman, Josh Bullock, and Fr. Ben Mulenkamp
Music by: Tony Anderson licensed at The Music Bed
Voice over by Jonah Smith recorded at Icon Studios
Sound editor: Manuel Lopez at m3 studios