What’s 200 feet wide, 30 feet tall and takes 4 months to make? Hint: Leviathan and John Deere

What’s 200 feet wide, 30 feet tall and takes 4 months to make? It’s quite a story. Back in April, I was invited to collaborate on a huge project with the incredible Chicago design studio, Leviathan. I would be one of two editors along with an inspiring array of a dozen 2D and 3D animation and design artists, along with the rest of a world-class creative team. A talented and inspiring group that consistently blew my mind with everything we achieved along the way.

The Business of Our Business: A Panel Discussion at ChiCPUG

I’m happy to announce I’ll be returning to the Chicago Creative Pro Users Group on Wednesday September 25th, 2013 to be a part of a panel discussion called The Business of Our Business. Anyone who works in the creative industry these days is faced with new challenges and new opportunities. It’s  wonderful to have the …

Another opportunity to learn DSLR Filmmaking with Billy at fxphd

My apologies for the tardy notice, but I wanted everyone to know that my DSLR Filmmaking course is available online once again over at fxphd as part of the July – September term, already a couple of weeks in progress. I received many notes last Fall, after the course had ended, asking when it might be …

Death of an F (or the Final-ity of a Chicago Users Group Name)

Update and clarification: None of the film editing users groups mentioned in this posting are dead. Some have simply changed their names. I received feedback on this article from concerned readers who pointed out to me that by simply looking at the headline title of this post in a web search, it could result in some confusion about …

Conquering the weekly to-do list

It’s not very often that I get to the end of the week with everything checked off on my to-do list. Last Monday I saw a slight crack in the wall to wall schedule and made big plans to do some serious accomplishing. New work and anything that might distract me was immediately sent to …

A Holiday Music Video Miracle and Christmas at 7-Eleven

December is always a challenging month for me. Not because of the usual shopping stresses, but more because of work related holiday deadlines. It seems like my already bursting plate seems to overflow even more leading up to the holidays. I’ve learned over the years to not stress too much about it. There are things …