Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Indianapolis Multimedia Social Event (Raising the Bar)

This month we are going to get away from our usual speaker routine at Flash Indianapolis and go directly to the social after party. However, instead of just meeting amongst the usual crowd, we hope to "raise the bar" by inviting the following user groups to attend:

Flash Indianapolis
IndyFusion (formerly Hoosier Fusion)
IndyMediaArtists (formerly CIDMAG)

The event is Tuesday, December 15th starting at 6pm at the Rathskeller and will run as long as people are still standing. Please come and go as you please. Eat/Drink/Be Merry. If we make it to Old Point for nachos then it has been a success.

Feel free to invite anyone whom you think may be interested. It should be an interesting mix and a great opportunity to meet new people and network.

RSVP so I can warn Rathskeller how many we may have.

Site note, that is quite an impressive list for Indianapolis User Groups. Please take a minute to check out the various groups and see what they have to offer. If you have a group that should be added to this list, please leave a comment or feel free to contact me directly.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Basement Design + Motion's Latest TV Spot (Pocket Purifier)

The motion graphic team at The Basement Design + Motion recently finished their latest TV spot. It should be broadcasting nationally soon, but you can get a sneak peek below:

Monday, November 16, 2009

Online Competition

I've sat here for way too long trying to come up with a more descriptive title. However, I don't want to pigeon hole myself by trying to describe the competition w/ a few catchy words... so lets just roll on into the details.

The thing is, its not one competition. Its a community for online competitions. The competitions can be very specific such as create a 3D model of a Sumo wrestler using Maya or they could be very generic such as create something that expresses the word "Tantalizing" using any medium as long as it can be captured in a digital form and uploaded to the site. If you make a fifty foot jello mold, that is perfect... just make sure you can take a picture of it that shows off its majesty.

Some competitions will just be for fun and the winners will get recognized on the site. Other competitions may be sponsored by a specific organization and geared towards their needs such as make an interactive Flash banner to raise awareness for Pica. Winners for these competitions may get money, software, or contract work. And lastly, we will have at least one competition a semester geared towards students and the winner of that competition will get a scholarship to any college/university in Indiana. Please note, you do NOT have to be from Indiana to participate in any of the competitions.

How do we determine the winners? Well a community vote of course. Everyone can view the submissions, leave feedback, and then vote for their favorites.

Still reading? Great, check out Indiana Uploaded and sign up for updates on when the site will go live. We are looking for people interested in competing, sponsoring events, and even people who just want to check out the art and vote.

The thing that excites me the most about this site is the potential. Right now, it can be molded into anything the community wants. If we get enough interest, this could be a great forum for holding Flash specific competitions such as 4k Flash games... The hard part will be getting enough people on the site to make it an active community. So quit reading... er wait. keep reading... sign up, invite your friends, and check the site often once it is live... OK, now quit reading.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Flash Indianapolis (November Meeting): George Evans

George Evans is currently a Partner and the Creative Director at Brandwidth. He is an award-winning writer, producer and Creative Director, having worked in the advertising and marketing arena for 29 years. He has worked for such agencies as Ketchum Advertising, HBM/Creamer (Della Femina), DDF&M (Ten United), St. George (Marc USA) as well as for a number of boutique creative shops. There are few categories in which George doesn’t have experience, but he made his bones for the majority of his career in brand development and new-product introductions. He lives in Indianapolis with Karen, his symphony musician wife, and is the author of “Buffalo & Rochelle,” a recently published collection of short fiction. His son George IV is his pride and joy. (source)

George will be bridging the gap between old marketing concepts and new technology channels. He will reveal the thought and planning that goes on behind the commercial work. He will also talk about the Industry in general and where he sees it heading in the near and distant future. If time allows, we will open up the floor to Q/A.

6:00pm: Doors open. Everyone can meet and greet
6:30pm: Presentation Begins
7:30pm: Open Floor
8:00pm: Local Bar for Drink(s)

We will be in Brandwidth's conference room:
9650 North Augusta Drive Suite 534
Carmel Indiana

Check out our site to learn more about Flash Indianapolis and be sure to check the events page to RSVP.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Butler University Media Arts Class Registration

If you are a current Butler student and are registering for classes this week, then be sure to check out MDA 290 52. It falls under the Media Arts department but I could see it being beneficial to a variety of disciplines. You can find the proposed curriculum here. Drop me a line if you have any questions.