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Computer Problem?

I know people that are always spending a lot of money on the newest software and hardware – claiming they can’t do the best work without the newest “toys”. As a result, their pockets continue to empty and they never improve their skills at motion graphics, compositing, photoshop, and so on. What a shame!

Alex Lyndsay worked on Star Wars: Episode I with a G3 PowerPC Mac running After Effect 3.1 with 192 MB of RAM and a 4 GB Hard Drive. Take a look at the finished Pod Racing Scene.  So don’t think you have to have the fastest machine in the world to do some serious work. Oh, and chew on this – my iPhone 4 has more power than Alex’s Ol’ G3 Mac – so it’s not about computer speed. Another example is 405: The Movie. This was created by a few guys that had borrowed a Canon DV camera, using Windows Machine and off-the-shelf software. It’s not the machine or hardware that makes you talented.

Hey, don’t get me wrong! I love to have the latest, greatest, and fastest equipment! But, if you keep coming up with reasons why you can’t do something without what you have – I think you are lying to yourself. Hear me out, for I experienced the frustration firsthand. I began my career knowing that experience (which means mistakes and learning) was going to make me better, not necessarily a fancy computer. So, I asked production companies if I could wrangle their cable for free – or just bring them coffee. At night I worked at a clothing store in the mall to pay the bills (bleh!). Eventually the production companies let me touch their cameras, and after I figured out all ins and outs of those as I moved on to learning about something else. After about a year of working my butt off (for FREE!) I had several good job offers heading my way.  So, I ended up years ahead of my peers with a job, experience, and without loads of credit card debt.

When I was about 27 I remember interviewing guys my age who had just gotten out of graduate school with a video production degree. They knew their books and the theory behind it all, but had no experience using video to make money…. which is ultimately what you need to be able to do if you want someone to give you a job (or feed your family if you are doing it on your own).  These poor guys had done what they thought was best – spend money for education – unfortunately it ended them up in a tough spot.

If you do find yourself wanting a career that demands a college degree here is a book I recommend Dept-Free U . This guy paid for his schooling without loans, scholarships or mooching off his parents! He said on an interview with Dave Ramsey “I just worked as much as the other kids drank beer and watched TV.”

So, if you are a young guy out there who wants a good career, without any resrouces behind you to buy either education or equipment – don’t stress! Believe it or not, this is still America and the dream is still alive – you just have to work hard for it. And the best advice I can give techy guys like me is: stop hiding your inadequacies behind your computer and software issues – and get to work – you’ll make mistakes – but learn a lot too. Do something different.

Here are some of my favorite places to get ideas and to get educated:


Press Release – Production Underway on Good and Evil Animated Film Series

Jerit Abart is honored to announce his role as Producer in the upcoming animated series, Good and Evil. The 13-part series is adapted from the award-winning graphic novel of the same name, and production is currently underway.  The graphic novel, billed as the “Ultimate Superhero Comic,” is a chronological retelling of selected portions of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. The masterful work is illustrated by former Marvel Comics artist Danny Bulanadi, who has provided artwork for well-known comics such as The Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk, and Micronauts. Among the awards and honors Good and Evil have received are the Independent Publishers 2009 Bronze Medal Winner in the Graphic Novel/Drama category and Finalist for the 2009 Forward Book Award. It has been translated into dozens of languages and is being distributed globally.  The animated adaptation of this incredible graphic novel will be produced in the anime style that is used worldwide, from popular Japanese cartoons to major Hollywood motion pictures. The combination of images and voices will immerse the viewer in the same story that has captivated so many for two millennia.  Mr. Abart is honored and proud to bring this high-quality comic book to life in an animated version that will match the original graphic novel in both quality and utility, both as spiritual tool and as an exceptional product of animated art. More information is forthcoming as production continues.

Press Release – Boys Adventure Guide Coming Soon to DVD

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Jerit Abart and BoldFlame are proud to announce the progress of Boys Adventure Guide. This high-quality, professionally-produced family program is targeted to boys ages of all ages and their fathers. Boys Adventure Guide is currently in production and will be released to DVD upon completion.

Boys Adventure Guide is an educational program designed to offer fathers and their sons interactive projects to cultivate stronger familial relationships. Similar to Discovery Channel’s popular show MythBusters, Boys Adventure Guide will explain the scientific facts behind the projects shown, and the hands-on activities will provide great bonding time for the whole family!

In addition to the interactive elements of the show, Boys Adventure Guide will provide positive character development in the areas of confidence, respect, motivation, leadership, and independence. This program goes beyond the simple activity of watching television together—it offers dads the opportunity to take a proactive hand in raising their children in a culture where quality family time is more precious than ever.

Fatherhood does not come with a training manual, but Boys Adventure Guide provides an outlet where boys can be boys, and dads can observe and enjoy interacting with their sons.

The projects on the show will be fun and educational—proof that learning can be entertaining! In addition to the fun factor, the program will offer families the opportunity to work at their own pace to complete the projects without the feeling of being rushed.

Boys Adventure Guide will be produced by BoldFlame, a production company in its third year. The focus of BoldFlame is to produce films that are an encouragement for families to learn, grow and have fun together. BoldFlame produces high-quality educational content that is perfectly suited for kids of all ages, which entire families can enjoy.

Social Media Marketing – Free Report

Hi everyone – and welcome to my site!

Here is a list of tips and tricks I’ve put together to help anyone get started with Social Marketing.

Here’s the Link to the Free Report http://www.jeritabart.com/free-report/TheInsandOutsofSocialMediaMarketing-JeritAbart.pdf I hope you enjoy.

While you’re here, swing by http://www.boysadventureguide.com and check out my new video / book series currently in production.  Sign up to our mailing and be one of the first to know when we go live.

- Jerit