The Entertainment Gathering is a small annual conference in Monterey that brings together interesting people from a broad range of fields to speak about/perform/present "current and future ideas about entertainment". Astronauts, photographers, designers, magicians, musicians, scientists, poets, pokerplayers, YouTube stars, and more come together and find the connections between their respective concerns. This January, a small group of CCA students and teachers were given the opportunity to participate in this exciting event. Below, CCA-ID student and EG attendee Sam Freeman offers some insights on the experience.
If you go to EG, I highly recommend wearing goggles. Not so much because of the risk of splash on the first two rows (there isn't any), but because they make an excellent conversation piece. And the whole point of going isn't just so that you can hear amazing people talk about their amazing adventures and amazing stuff they've done, which is nice, but the beautiful thing is that you get to have lunch with all these people in between speeches.
It'd be enough to see photos from the white house during the last several administrations stream out of a projector while the photographer has a casual interview on stage. David Hume Kennerly won a Pulitzer at 25, he really hasn't stopped making excellent work, so he managed to be pretty inspiring.
Afterward he was talking to a few jugglers. Hearing him chat about taking photos during their act and that "only an idiot could've missed the shot," you can't help but think he might have been understating things a bit. But when someone who's shot so much is casually speaking about his work to performers who put on an amazing show and recognized the obscure musician you mentioned earlier, then an astronaut comes up and complements your goggles, you know you're somewhere special, and that you just might've worn the right thing.
One of my favorite presenters was Garrett Brown, who invented the Steadicam (along with many other camera-related devices). He had the most simple, "19th century mechanical" solutions to camera motion issues, and seeing the results and their deceivingly high-tech look was surprising. I hadn't really considered the importance of the moving camera in terms of filmmaking. It's like a model versus a drawing (in terms of a designer's toolbox): seeing (and feeling) multiples sides makes the idea or image more convincing to us all. Garrett Brown showed how "explaining dimensionality" gives us an "opportunity to see beauty in common events".
Check out this interview with Garrett Brown to hear more about his work.
CCA ID student Ryan Francis attended and presented his award-winning Swivel Gardening Cart at the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago this March. Check out his project and account of the experience below.
So my trip out to Chicago to show my Swivel Gardening Cart and accept my design award was pretty nice indeed. The IHA flew me out to Chicago and put me up in a hotel for the duration of the International Housewares Association Exhibition. The exhibition was at the McCormick Convention Center which is a huge venue for conferences in Chicago. It was estimated that over 60,000 people attended the exhibition, which meant that my verbal presentation was dialed in after the first several hours of the show. I had the opportunity to show and describe my Swivel Gardening Cart to all sorts of folks in the industry. I was super excited about building a scaled-down works-like and looks-like model that went over extremely well. A lot of people asked how much it cost to 3D print the model and were blown away when I informed them that my model was hand-crafted. Many days of sanding led to the final form of the scale model. Over all, this project was really great to see through and to work through the process.
One of the best parts about this competition was meeting the other student design winners and talking to them about their own design work and their current projects. I had the opportunity to meet some really talented folks. Placing in this contest was really exciting and the amount that I learned from the exhibition alone was a worthwhile venture.