Gobos for Stars

Posted on December 5th, 2018

So I was just consulting one of my clients about gobo choices for a design I coached them on. I’ve been asked about gobos a lot over the years. See past posts (such as http://egwolfe.com/post/some-of-my-favorite-gobos or http://egwolfe.com/post/gels-and-gobos or http://egwolfe.com/post/a-note-to-producers-about-the-lighting-cue-sheet) for further thoughts. You can search by hashtags such as #lightingdesign on the right side of the page to make searches through old posts easier. Anyway, I just gave the following advice:

71054 is a good natural look of stars. If you had a cyc, it'd be a no brainer. But it should still look good even the black traveler. I’ve used it before. But I can’t recall for sure if that was on the main traveler which is gray worth the mid traveler which is black.
77884 (called "snow") gets the feel of a star field and shows up better on the black because there's more light.
If I had them (and we used to) I'd be using 71054. I'd pull the snow out as a backup option only. You know me, always having ideas in my back pocket ;)

Without Access to Hope, Fear Takes Over

Posted on December 3rd, 2018

"When you can’t access your hopes, all you have to live by are your fears."
—Shankar Vedantam

I voice-texted this final line of the podcast into Evernote from my phone while listening back on October 17, 2018 at 9:02 PM. I just pulled up the link to share: https://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=657547685


My Thoughts About Dropbox Paper

Posted on November 18th, 2018

Great tool for creating proposals and reports; for managing and delegation of tasks and projects; and for collaboration and ideation with live editing by multiple users both inline and with comments. It’s simple, clean, and intuitive. I love the assignable tasks. The mobile apps are good.

I wish it had a computer app instead of simply web app. I wish the filing structure was better. I wish there was a handwriting/drawing feature for note-taking, diagramming, and annotating. I wish to-dos integrated with Siri/Reminders.

Genius in Teamwork

Posted on November 5th, 2018

Be openhanded. Practice awareness and humility and know the one who knows. Such teamwork is where magical breakthrough and creativity occurs - at the nexus of conventionality and novelty.

My friend Michael shared this article. I find it both fascinating and encouraging.


Ispire Hope and Wonder

Posted on October 4th, 2018

As a creative, it’s important for me to remember that wonder belongs and is in all people…
People are longing for the wonderful. Imagine, hope, long for; creating a glimpse of the wonder that we as artists see…
I can inspire people reveal depth in beauty by crafting moving experiences and to breathe in hope and redemption to storytelling. It is a responsibility to move people to respond to the wonder of hope. To engage. To join. To be with. To partner. To dream further and increase in wonder.

I went to the Story Conference the other week. I was just reflecting on my journaling from the conference. This section of scribbles jumped out at me today and I thought I would share what I’m contemplating.

Love is Greatest Art

Posted on September 25th, 2018

“The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."
—Van Gogh

My friend John shared the quote in a meeting yesterday. I asked him to send it to me so I could share in this post. He did one better and took a photo of the page in the book (Windows of the Soul by Ken Gire) that he read it from. I thought about simply posting the quote, but honestly love this whole page that he sent me. Therefore I share that as well!



3 Ways to Ultimate Success

Posted on September 10th, 2018

There are three ways to ultimate success:
The first is to be kind.
The second is to be kind.
The third is to be kind.

—Fred Rogers

The Importance of Humility

Posted on August 27th, 2018

"Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less."
—C.S. Lewis

I came across this quote today and find it a great reminder. We care about legacy and want to lead well. It’s important to remember that we cannot truly succeed by trying to be better than others in a competitive nature. Such narcissistic thinking is a zero-sum strategy. It will backfire. Instead, it is far more virtuous to think less of self and care more for the greater team. Such focus will yield so much greater fruit - not only in the charge of the task, but in life.

3 Needs of Highly Productive People

Posted on August 23rd, 2018

"The 3 needs of highly productive people:
  1. Know me for what I do best
  2. Focus me
  3. Surround me with like-valued people
[Care for me with these] and I'll win for you."
-Marcus Buckingham


Quote about care and passion in visual design

Posted on August 14th, 2018

I was talking with my new friend John this afternoon. He is Director of Facilities and we will not only be working closely with our job responsibilities having a symbiotic nature; but we have already learned share a kindred spirit for philosophy and appreciation of design. He shared this quote that one of his professors uttered on the first day of class when he was in school about how intentional and immersed she wanted students to put their care and passion into visual design!

"When you spit on the sidewalk I want you to worry about what kind of pattern it makes."
-Leslie Wiseman (via John Nowacki @ 1969 University of Detroit Architecture School)


Eric Wolfe

Visual Artist. Production Designer and Consultant. Developer of Ideas. Maximizer of Resources. Strategic Thinker. Creative Innovator. Husband. Father. Philosopher. Photographer. Backpacker. Athlete. Cook. Artisan. Catch Eric’s sporadic musings at egwolfe.com or follow him on social media platforms as @egwolfe