Super-Creativity

Your ability to come up with fantastic ideas that not only get people excited, but also fill up your bank account, is critical. Don’t miss this mind-jolting episode as John and Robin discuss the importance of fearless experimentation to getting ahead creatively and commercially.

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  1. chris
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    Really good discussion, guys. I’ve recently found myself starting to get into a rut with my work, and have been itching to just play with After Effects, and do some experiments! Indeed, we all probably learned how to use that software by experimenting.
    But once you get into work mode with After Affects, play times get fewer and farther apart. I think the biggest challenge of experimenting with design is not necessarily fear, but time. There are always time crunches in our life, deadlines in our work, etc. Theses days it’s getting harder and harder to find time to just play with AE. But the catch 22 of the whole thing is, as you mentioned, if you don’t find time to experiment, your work will definitely suffer for it.
    hmmm…. better cancel that date with my wife and curl up with my laptop and AE for a while ;D

    • John Dickinson
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      Great point Chris, time is the biggest challenge for me too. The only way is to set aside a small amount of time each day (or as many days as you can) to watch tutorials, experiment and get inspired. I do at least one of these every morning before starting work and it pays me back plenty. Best wishes, John.

      • chris
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        Yup, you’re right, Jon. You really have to do it as much as possible, and doing it before you start work is a great way to get your creative juices flowing! I do watch a lot of tutorials, and I guess I never thought about watching tutorials as “experimenting.” But now that I think about it, tutorials do get my creative juices flowing as well! Just gotta be sure to play with my own designs as well ;)

        • John Dickinson
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          Hey Chris, I’ve been looking at some inspiration and doing a short tutorial each morning recently and can feel the creative batteries being topped up.

  2. John Stanowski
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    This was my favorite ep so far!
    By the way, where’s that link?

  3. John Ryan
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    Hahahaha, nice episode. I love how Robin is like this know it all guy who really knows what he’s talking about, and sometime he ask John for his opinion and John was like this little kid who get asked by his teacher and he knows the basic idea of his answer but try really hard to come up with a long answer that hopefully could impress his teacher.

    Love both of you guys, and please don’t stop making new episode for this video series.

    Thank You!

    ps: are you guys close friends?

    • John Ryan
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      Whoops, my bad. I’ve just realized that you guys got the same last name. So that’s why he somehow looks a bit like you hahaha…

      Forgive me , I’m new here xD

      • John Dickinson
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        Hey Ryan, we are actually friends with the same surname… nah, were’ brothers. Best, John.

  4. illd
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    Right now I am in a situation where I lost my motivation to try out new things. Like Chris in his comment mentioned, I just try to get the job somehow done in the (very short) given time…
    This issues of BOD reminded me that creativity was the reason why I started working in this industry. Thanks for getting me back on track guys ;)

    • John Dickinson
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      Great to hear illd. We all need to be reminded now and then… it’s so easy to get lost in the day-to-day that we forget why we got into this business in the first place. Best, John.

  5. Jane Smith
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    I want to know more about designs, hope that you can help me…

  6. 3Dementia
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    I just had a big discussion with co-students of how graphic and film schools not emphasizing or pushing a class of the business aspects of creative careers. This is an awesome series. We had a good discussion involving paper work, proposals, how to charge, how to protect yourself and foundations to make happy accidents that heighten means to a wonderful profit.

    So many people in the creative world get burned out because they have to go through a lot of trial and tribulations in a business sense with their creative magic. I hope to be able to teach a class in relation to what you got going on here.

    John, you are the best.

    Question, I see you sometimes on chat in your tutorial videos….where can I be part of creative discussions?

    Let me know, I’d like to be part of your circle of digi-friends.

    -3Dem

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi 3Dem, great to hear you are finding value in our discussions. I host the occasional live e-seminar, which I record and post. Keep an eye on my Twitter feed for future dates (@motionworks) Best wishes, John.

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