I have seen first hand the power the human ego has to contort reality. It's a peculiar instinct we carry and it is in constant need of affirmation and gratification. For many of us we’re are able to both manage and temper our ego and its need for attention. Especially when it tries to convince us of things that are not actually happening. That filter and self-awareness that many of us have is very much lacking in the psyche of the current President.
One day after Donald Trump was sworn into office millions of people around the world marched in support of Women's Rights and equality. Like lots of folks, we're not sure what's going to happen next. But on Saturday we got our first look at what the resistance to President Trump will look like.
In less than 100 days, Americans will be called to the polls to vote for the next President of the United States. This exciting time takes us back four years ago to the re-election of President Barack Obama, where some of HardPin's founding members were a part of a production to celebrate how hard the Obama campaigns volunteers had worked during the year and to mark the final 100 days of the campaign.
Brad Schenck is one of HardPin's earliest collaborators. A friend of the HardPin family, Brad has been working diligently on a novel titled The Digital Plan: A Practical Guide to Creating a Strategic Digital Plan. He is interested in the big questions that frame goals and plans so they can be accomplished in real time.
History was made this week when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. She is the first woman to be elected as a presidential candidate for a major political party, breaking down barriers and simultaneously setting the stage for the Nov 8th election against rival and Republican candidate, Donald Trump.
We've been experimenting with 360 degree shots as a new and innovative way to capture the beauty of a moment. Shooting in 360 allows you to expand the perspectives you want to show your audience, taking the viewer for a spin and eliminating the square confinements of an original camera lens. Instead, the audience sees the entire scope surrounding the character as if they were actually standing in the moment with you as you shoot.
HardPin recently took part in a PSA shoot called "You Don't Know Me" for Verizon's Innovative Learning program. This program allows intercity youth who are interested in science and technology to nurture their innovative skills and use that knowledge to give back to their community. Director Michael Marantz and the whole team created a great representation of who these kids are and the false assumptions people make of them, marking one of the many challenges these kids face to reach their goals.
On July 7th, thousands of people around the country marched in protest of the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by white police officers. On July 8th, another peaceful protest ended in tragedy when a gunman killed five Dallas police officers.
My wife and I joined thousands of people as we marched to the steps of the Capitol, a unified body of Americans demanding our government address the systemic racism that cost Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Tarika Wilson, and hundreds of other Americans their lives.
One of HardPin's latest collaborations is a music video for the band Romes called Believe, full of natural vulnerability, unyielding strength and astonishing cinematography. I was able to ask director Ben Kutchins a few questions about the experience of the shoot and what inspired the beautiful moments in the video.