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Photographers Should Be Criticized

There’s this perceived notion out there that just because someone claims to be a photographer, they are one. It’s a touchy subject, especially within the photography community, because photography is

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‘The Revenant’ Review

The Revenant‘ is one of the most honest pieces of filmmaking I’ve seen in a long time. It’s so refreshing to see a movie that has no time for any modern agendas, is a technical marvel, is perfectly cast, and uses its locations to breathtaking affect.  There’s so much good in this movie, I’m going to start off with the bad. For me, the worst thing about this movie is the hype. Leo is going around touting how “unfathomable” the production was, like a WWII veteran or something. We get it. The crew actually had to earn their millions this time around. Moving on. Everyone(including myself now), is spouting off how great this film is, so it seems pretentious before you even watch it. However, any skepticism melts away instantly, as the film starts off with a jaw dropping intro that establishes dominance over any preconceived notions you may have. This film also contains a few dream sequence shots, and while they fit in, they were a bit unnecessary. If they were taken out I don’t think they would’ve been missed since they didn’t add much to the overall narrative. Other than that, I don’t think I can come up with any other complaints. 

The film is about a frontier trapper named Hugh Glass(Leonardo DiCaprio) in a fight for survival. After escaping an Indian attack and moving deep into a nightmarish wilderness, his two buddies Jim Bridger(Will Poulter) and John Fitzgerald(Tom Hardy) leave him for dead after he’s mauled by a bear. The following struggle showcases Glass battling the elements for hundreds of miles in order to live so he can enact his revenge. DiCaprio nails his performance in every way, which is especially impressive when considering his limited dialogue. The bear attack scene alone is phenomenal. Through his blood curdling shrieks and pure looks of terror, he truly convinced me that’s what it would be like to be mauled by a bear. Throughout the film he hits every emotional note perfectly, including rage, happiness, tear-welling sadness, toughness, full on surrender, and everything in-between.

DiCaprio’s performance is rivaled only by that of Tom Hardy’s. I’m still left wondering who did the better job. Hardy’s gravelly character Fitzgerald is a brutal man from a forgotten time, and is probably my favorite aspect of this movie. He was a constant reminder of what life used to be out in the unknown, and his life alone will make you feel thankful for all of your modern day comforts, albeit at a significant cost to your manhood. The rest of the cast also holds up extremely well. Something I thought was great about this movie was that everyone was villainized in there own way. The frontiersman, the Indians, the frenchman, they were all portrayed as mean, dangerous, and not to be trusted. The cast pulled this off perfectly, and didn’t disappoint me in any way. 

The technical aspects of ‘The Revenant’ is another triumph. This film was shot entirely with natural light, which is an amazing feat all on its own. The skill and mastery it would take to pull that off is beyond me, and it really sets the tone. It breathed life into every location; I felt cold just sitting in the theater. I was also at a loss while watching the camerawork. If there was an Academy Award for perfect tracking shots, this crew would win, hands down.

All in all, this movie is one of the greats. This film is what people who love movies wait for, year after year. It successfully takes you to another time and place, and holds up even under the most critical of microscopes. Go see this film in the theater, and then buy it. And then get the poster. And hang it in your room where you can look at it when you wake up. ‘The Revenant’ is that good. My hat’s off to director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for creating this masterpiece. 

‘The Revenant’: 9.75/10

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Adobe Ideas: Is a serious WMC ( A Weapon of Mass Creativity)

The other day I was talking with a fellow designer and the conversation came up a few times about how much I missed drawing with paper and pencil. As the conversation continued we both agreed that the software we used on our computers made traditional drawing less efficient and therefore making the practice impractical in our line of work.

As the iPad and other tablets became more affordable the users started to see a turn towards a hybrid of tech meets traditional art. Add a nice stylus to your tablet’s accessories and now you have a digital sketch book that can play music, provide inspiration, and share your creations from anywhere!

 I tend to do most of my sketching when I travel and I am forced to be seated with my safety belt on at 24k feet in the air. I have tried just about every sketch, drawing, or note taking app out there and I find that most of them have great qualities and practical uses depending on the situation and the intended end application.

Adobe Ideas offers something that none of the other apps have offered. Every project you save is uploaded to your cloud service and can be downloaded as a PDF that is 100% editable in Adobe Illustrator or imported as a smart object into Photoshop. This app drops an A bomb of creative possibilities on any project (A- Bomb…Get it…Adobe…bomb…Nevermind)!  

Think about what you could do with this weapon of mass creativity added to your arsenal! Here are a few Ideas that come to my mind!

1. Import one of your photos into Adobe Ideas, create a new layer and sketch away! Turn off the original photo and save your awesomeness! Export the PDF from Creative Cloud and import the PDF into Photoshop as a smart object right on top of the original photo.

 2. Logo Design! Sketch your logo ideas, export, import into Illustrator! 

 3. Story boards for video shoots, photo ideas, or lighting setups! 

4.  SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!!! Talk is cheap! Share your ideas visually!


Here are a few things I have made in Adobe Ideas so far! I can assure you this app is a valuable asset that needs to be integrated into your workflow regardless of your profession!

Dragon eye sketch test

Mentos Jetpack

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