Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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This Week’s Featured Authors

Posted: 29 Nov 2011 04:18 PM PST

Congratulations to this week’s featured authors.

averta ActiveDen Featured Author: averta

This week’s featured author is averta, who has 3 items, including the newest from the Banner Rotators category.
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Nikolay-ri AudioJungle Featured Author: Nikolay-ri

This week’s featured author is Nikolay-ri, who has 46 items, including the newest from the Motivational category.
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orange-themes ThemeForest Featured Author: orange-themes

This week’s featured author is orange-themes, who has 11 items, including the newest from the Technology category.
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white-shade VideoHive Featured Author: white-shade

This week’s featured author is white-shade, who has 34 items, including the newest from the Other category.
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NeWave GraphicRiver Featured Author: NeWave

This week’s featured author is NeWave, who has 14 items, including the newest from the Flyers category.
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no-thumbnail 3DOcean Featured Author: velociraptor

This week’s featured author is velociraptor, who has 22 items, including the newest from the Furniture category.
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butterflymedia CodeCanyon Featured Author: butterflymedia

This week’s featured author is butterflymedia, who has 10 items, including the newest from the Miscellaneous category.
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butterflymedia CodeCanyon Featured Author: butterflymedia

This week’s featured author is butterflymedia, who has 10 items, including the newest from the Miscellaneous category.
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Zeplix Tutorials Featured Author: Zeplix

This week’s featured author is Zeplix, who has 25 items, including the newest from the Photo Manipulation category.
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Korionov PhotoDune Featured Author: Korionov

This week’s featured author is Korionov, who has 988 items.
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Community Superstar Winner – MotionRevolver

Posted: 29 Nov 2011 08:09 AM PST

Community Superstar MotionRevolver

With November wrapping up in a hurry it’s time to pick this month’s Community Superstar winner. November's winner is a big time video geek. Congratulations to MotionRevolver!

Who is MotionRevolver?

When you first think of revolvers in motion your mind may go to legendary Hong Kong action movie director John Woo. That’s understandable. However, if you spend any time on the VideoHive forums, your next thought may be of legendary After Effects wizard MotionRevolver.

MotionRevolver, or as he’s know around the breakfast table – Tyson, joined VideoHive back in 2010 and been steadily pumping out some high-quality After Effects intros and titles.

Tyson hails from Boston, Massachusetts which is famous for its chowder, baked beans and of course the band that was named after the city – New Kids on the Block.

We’ve managed to round up a picture of Tyson as well. As you can see, Boston has yet to discover color:

Photo of MotionRevolver

And if you wondering what quality of work that MotionRevolver puts together – here are some of my favorites:

Project Mayhem

Full Capacity

Terminal Launch

Along with the ultra-cool gold superstar community badge (that only lasts for 12 months!), the prize this month is a 6 month Tuts+ premium subscription, a $30 Rockable ebook voucher and a $20 marketplace credit. Congratulations MotionRevolver!

Author Interview: Butlerm

Posted: 28 Nov 2011 11:30 PM PST

Working in motion graphics, aiming for a Top 3 position, valuing uniqueness, and going for two runs a day. This week we meet Matthew Butler (butlerm) from VideoHive… and the Tuts+ Marketplace, and PhotoDune, and ThemeForest.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?

I’m Matthew Butler and I am living in Chicago, IL in the US. Once I graduated from college in 2006 I had a few small graphics jobs until I finally found a good job to start a career, which was around March of 2007 in Motion Graphics.

Since then I have been working full time at a small video studio in a suburb of Chicago. In my spare time at work and at home I usually developing something to put on Envato which has been a blast.

Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?

I belong to VideoHive, Tutorials, PhotoDune, and ThemeForest. Basically 99% of my time is spent making items for VideoHive in all four categories – After Effects, Motion Graphics, Stock Footage, and Cinema 4D. But whenever I have a good idea for a tutorial or have taken a good picture, I make sure to post it onto their respective marketplaces.

I had a Tumblr theme that was going to be part of ThemeForest, but the reviewer deemed the file not worthy so it is now available for free on Tumblr here.

Hi Matthew, simple question: What are your Goals on marketplaces? (miseld)

My goals in the marketplaces would first off be creating files that are not only useful, but files that I would also picture myself using or needing. Another goal is to be a Top 3 seller on the VideoHive marketplace. Finally, to create a stable enough income from selling files here to be able to do this possibly full time.

Video stock's pretty new and you're doing rather well at it. But how do you see the long game? (felt_tips)

Long term I believe it only getting stronger and stronger. I see it as people become more and more exposed to sites like YouTube the demand for people creating their own videos will grow.

How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?

It all started back in August of 2010 when I was featured as one of the 32 inspirational demo reels on Aetuts+ – 32 Individual Artist Demo Reels. I had no idea this was going to happen, so I went out of my way to say thank you to someone that runs the site, which happened to be Adam Everett. He contacted me back asking me if I wanted to make a tutorial for them in which I replied I would love to.

After making the tutorial and learning more about VideoHive I decided to sell some of my stock footage that I had been holding on to for awhile. Once I finally put it on and it started selling, I figured I might as well start making some other content as well and the rest is history.

I have had formal training. In college I studied computer graphics and interactive media, in which my last year and a half I spent really getting into motion graphics, and decided this would be the more enjoyable path to take in the graphics.

Hey, Matthew! You have some very nice items on PhotoDune. Are you/were you ever a professional photographer? How much time of experience do you have in photography? How many cameras did you go through until you got to your current one? (Protest)

No I have never been a professional photographer.  I have spent about two years getting into photography in my spare time and started out taking and posting photos on my blog.

I was going to start uploading photos and selling them right off the bat but I quickly realized that I had a lot to learn (and still do).  The only camera I have right now is my Leica D-LUX 4 but I have rented the Canon 7D a few times in the past.

Is this your primary job, or you are working here as a "hobby" and you've got another professional job? (djordjevla)

This is not my primary job. Currently I work in a small corporate video production company in Chicago while ANY free time I have at work or at home I usually spend working on graphics files for VideoHive. Back in October 2010 I was hoping just to make a little extra income but now that I have become successful at establishing myself here I could easily see myself doing this full time in 2-3 years.

Describe your home workspace.

My home workspace is a 17″ MacBook Pro from early 2008, which has been great to do some smaller work that doesn’t require intense CPU usage. At my work I am on a Mac Pro with 12 cores and 32GB of RAM.

Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?

I usually have a list of items I want to create, or a style I want to make. A lot of times an idea would just pop into my head, and I have to put it on the list right away or else the idea will never start to formulate, or I would totally forget it.

Once I choose one and figure out the best way to get that accomplished I try to make the file as user friendly so the file could be used in a number of different situations.

What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio?

Uniqueness is always key. Once you create something unique for the marketplace it will sell and sell again. Also having self-motivation is key to completing projects in a timely manner and stay focused.

What do you do to market your files?

For most of my VideoHive files I post them on Vimeo as well as on YouTube. Sometimes I also mention a new file and post the video in my blog.

What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?

Assuming I don’t or can’t choose my own files I would have to say Xprmt 01. This file is simply amazing the amount of work that went into creating.

Hands – a great use of footage and use of hands in the same project. I love especially how the hands disappear when they leave get farther away.

The Dream. The overall layout, color, and attention to detail is astonishing.

Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?

This is a hard one. I want to say MotionRevolver because I have been always trying to beat him in the number of overall sales. But I also have to say Yuri_Arcurs and his story on becoming the #1 micro-stock photography seller in the world is very inspiring.

What do you do in your spare time?

Usually make files for Envato hah. Besides that I usually go run twice a day and in the summer go road biking.

I am also on Twitter talking about motion graphics and photography quite a bit and also have a blog which not only shows my motion graphic VideoHive work, but also photo wallpapers I take.

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