How To: Create a Long Shadow Using Blend in Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud
Jan21

How To: Create a Long Shadow Using Blend in Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud

In 2013, one of most predominant graphic designs trends that emerged was the use of large, long shadows specifically in conjunction with flat vector graphics. Fast forward to 2015 and this trend is still alive and well. A recent example of this trend that immediately comes to mind is a motion graphics project for Public Citizen created recently by FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Digital Media students. The use of...

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FIDM Grad and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Title Designer Justin Hamilton Talks VFX and Design
Sep10

FIDM Grad and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Title Designer Justin Hamilton Talks VFX and Design

Located in Culver City, CA, Greenhaus GFX is a boutique motion design and VFX studio catering to the film and television industries that also employs FIDM Digital Media Alumni Kyle Brosius (Art Director), Kyle Thorsen (Lead Designer/New Media), Justin Hamilton (Lead VFX Designer) and Ryan Sommerville (Freelance Motion Graphics Designer). Headed by Founder, President, and Executive Creative Director Helen Greene, Greenhaus GFX offers a...

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Graphic Design & Digital Media Alumni Share Advice at FIDM’s Annual Career Connections Event
Jul31

Graphic Design & Digital Media Alumni Share Advice at FIDM’s Annual Career Connections Event

Every year FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising hosts Career Connections, an event inviting FIDM Alumni  back to campus to mingle with current students, share information, give career advice, network and discuss their personal careers as creative professionals. This year, FIDM welcomed alumni from many exciting companies including GUESS, Nasty Gal, BCBG,  Trailer Park, JustFab, Zara, Annex Magazine, jcpenny, Express,...

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Advice from DreamWorks Film Director Steve Hickner, Author of “Animating Your Career”
May23

Advice from DreamWorks Film Director Steve Hickner, Author of “Animating Your Career”

Whether you’re seeking a filmmaking career in animation or live-action, the book “Animating Your Career” is a chock full of excellent career advice written by DreamWorks Animation film director Steve Hickner. Hickner’s wide range of experience spans the animation film gamut as director for “The Prince of Egypt” and “Bee Movie,” and storyboard artist on “Over the Hedge,” “Madagascar,” “Shark Tale,” “Shrek...

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Six Tips for Entertaining and Not Offending with Animated Videos
Mar04

Six Tips for Entertaining and Not Offending with Animated Videos

Editor’s Note: In this guest blog post by London-based production and animation studio Qudos Animations, founder Manroop Takhar and content writer Marianna Keen explore the pros and cons of animated videos for brands, including key dos and don’ts for developing content that engages your audience without offending. Their tips provide a global perspective on the use of animation as an advertising method for modern brands. The challenge...

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Filmmaking Tutorial: Create The Beatles Sound with Pro Tools Expert
Jan27

Filmmaking Tutorial: Create The Beatles Sound with Pro Tools Expert

Pro Tools expert recently published a free video tutorial for creating The Beatles’ distinctive guitar sound using the Eleven Rack. Download the preset at Pro Tools Expert here, and watch the video below for more details. For aspiring filmmakers like Digital Media Students earning their degree at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Pro Tools Expert also offers a range of other sound editing tutorials and...

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10 (More!) Famous Filmmakers Everyone Should Know
Nov21

10 (More!) Famous Filmmakers Everyone Should Know

One of the most important aspects of growing in a creative field is examining the work of others who have already found success in that field. For aspiring filmmakers, researching the lives and work of famous filmmakers is a valuable tool that will help both inform and inspire. We recently gathered a list of 10 of our favorite filmmakers that we feel everyone should learn more about. Today, we have gathered a 10 more inspiring...

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Filmmaking Fundamentals: 10 Tips for Shooting Handheld from Vimeo
Oct07

Filmmaking Fundamentals: 10 Tips for Shooting Handheld from Vimeo

Six Tips for Shooting Handheld from stillmotion on Vimeo. Although shooting handheld footage is never ideal, sometimes “due to lack of equipment, lack of space, or just sheer convenience, you need to take matters into your own hands,” says Vimeo’s Riley Hooper in a recent article “Ten Tips for Shooting Handheld” on the video site’s “Video School” blog. Together with Stillmotion (a group...

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