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From CIA to Whiteboard Explainer Videos, Marc Strong of Wienot Films on the Business of Creativity

On this episode of Blurred, we’re talking to Marc Strong, former CIA intelligence analyst and now the driving force behind Wienot films. (Yes, you read that correctly). Using his finely-honed skills in analysis, Marc directs and produces whiteboard explainer videos for major corporations, distilling big ideas into their simplest forms. Read more →

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Indie Game Developer Joe Russ on Crowdfunding, the Artist’s Struggle, and Creative Integrity

Today on Blurred Radio, we talk to Joe Russ, founder of Mografi and co-creator of Jenny LeClue, a forthcoming multi-platform choose-your-own adventure game. We talk about the blurring lines of indie game development, crowd funding and pushing the boundaries of interactive art making.

On a more pensive note, Joe talks about the artist’s struggle, dealing with loss, and balancing “good enough” with a crippling pursuit of perfectionism. All that and more on today’s episode of Blurred Radio.

In This Episode:

  • 00:50 – Jenny LeClue – A Social Choose-Your-Own Adventure Game
  • 03:00 – Having the Right Team for Maximum Flexibility
  • 06:10 – Stylistic Influences for Jenny LeClue
  • 09:20 – The Story of Jenny LeClue
  • 10:50 – On Animation as a Storytelling Platform
  • 13:50 – Joe Russ’ early development: Entrepreneurship + Illustration
  • 16:55 – Crowdfunding, Entrepreneurship, Risk and Getting the Word Out
  • 21:15 – Creativity as a Means of Dealing with Loss
  • 23:55 – Trusting Your Instincts, Being Honest and Overcoming Fear
  • 27:35 – Riding the Tension between “Good Enough” and Artistic Compromise
  • 29:50 – Pre-Selling Projects and the Future of Media Finance
  • 33:50 – The Field of Competition in Indie Game Dev
  • 35:40 – The Audio World of Jenny LeClue
  • 38:15 – Timeframe for Release
  • 40:15 – Advice to Beginners – How to Get Started
  • 42:00 – Goodbye, Joe Russ!

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