Change is a good thing. Do not be afraid.

OK, I admit I’m an old guy. Actually I am a young spirit trapped in an old man’s body. This does have advantages such as experience and knowledge gained over many years. One of my first wake up calls was when I realized nothing stays the same, everything changes constantly. I soon figured out I need to either embrace change, or fade into oblivion.

I watched (and in some ways helped) the world change. I wondered why anyone outside of an insurance company would want this new invention called a fax machine. I marveled at a typewriter that could correct mistakes, I produced radio commercials for one of the very first cell phones. It was the size of a brief case but you could take it anywhere, even in the car. Amazing., I think I still have it somewhere. (Does anyone have the number for the Smithsonian?) My first business computer in 1980 was a blow away! It’s where I discovered spreadsheets and word processing. Yup, I’ve seen the world change and I still drive hard to keep ahead of it. Change has never hurt, it has always improved my life both business and personal. I say bring it on., and if you don’t have anything new, then I’ll do it!

Connecting the dots, flight and videography

In 2005 I discovered the hobby of building and flying radio-controlled aircraft. What a gas! It combines my interests in technology, craftsmanship, and my fascination with flight. Back then the use of electric motors over fuel engines was in its crude infancy. The advances since then have been nothing short of amazing. Better batteries, improved electronic systems, and the advent of autonomous flight. Enter quad copters. Drones.

Now I loop to my “day job”. We have produced business videos since the early eighties and one of the limiting factors was imaging a shot but with no practical way of getting the camera into that position. Aerial footage was difficult and expensive hiring an aircraft, then only being able to descend to 500 or 1000 feet to take the shot. It was long distance and nothing but rooftops. Not at all what we needed.

One day a few years ago a buddy started experimenting with automated flight control for his models. After a few crashes he started to achieve success in not only auto f;light stabilization, but flying a predetermined course using GPWS and waypoints. Fast forward to the invention of the drones. Today they provide steady autonomous flight including take-off and landings, fly accurate waypoint guided routes, and carry high quality cameras fior stills or video.

Now our cameras can achieve virtually any compelling camera angle and distance to subject. It’s easy. How amazing is technology!!! What was impossible a few short years ago is now old hat. It stimulates my creative brain and some fascinating new ways.

The Theory of a True Artist

We have been making something out of nothing by creating scenarios, reactions, emotions in various mediums. Someone is always selling something to somebody be it a product, a concept, a learned skill, a service…

I was schooled in commercial and fine arts. I still do oils and watercolors. One of my profs once told us what it takes to be a “true” artist. A true artist can look at a blank canvas and, in their minds eye, see the finished painting in great detail. They know the tree is an oak, not an Elm or a Maple. They know those are mountains, not clouds. They see the person is wearing a red skirt, not a pink one. They see the painting finished in great detail before they ever lay brush to canvas, The “untrue” artist doesn’t know what kind of tree it is yet, just that its a tree. The background might start as clouds but change to be mountains later if they end up looking more like that. To the true artist the finished painting is so clear before they start, it is like “paint-by-numbers”. Its easy to fill it in exactly as the mind sees it.

This applies to all artistic creative endeavours. If the final rendering, or script, or production is clearly visualized in the mind of the producer, not only will the creative deliverable be great, but the project will have been extremely efficient to produce because there were no questionables, no changes in direction, not endless redos and tweaks. The artist simply fills in the blanks according to their clear vision.