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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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Audio Guru Jeff Fuller Talks Mixing, Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl, the Future of Sound Engineering, and Staying Upbeat Under Tight Deadlines

On today’s episode of Blurred Radio, we talk to Jeff Fuller, Audio Supervisor and Head Mixer at Therapy Studios in Santa Monica, California. Jeff has a long history with the art of sound, from commercials to TV series and feature films. He has worked on spots for clients including Pepsi, Chrysler, Wild Turkey, Toyota, Asics, Hulu, Petco, and the list goes on. Read more →

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Freelance Creative Director for Target, GE, Fisker Justin Meredith Discusses Creative Guts, Meaningful Work, and the Future of Creativity

Creative director Justin Meredith gets totally real with us about the creative struggle, starting your own agency, and making the coolest stuff you can think of. We discuss his involvement with the AMC network rebrand right before they launched their biggest shows, as well as work for Fisker, GE, Target, and Stand Up 2 Cancer, among many others. Stay tuned for a down-to-earth exploration of what’s blurring in the world of branding and creative development, with Justin Meredith. Read more →

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Commercial and Music Video Producer Erin Judd Talks Directors, Management and Being an Authentic Creative

Today on Blurred Radio, we talk with Erin Judd of No Frames in New York City about starting a commercial production company from nothing and scaling it to 4 locations in 3 countries. Erin also enlightens us on how to make and maintain excellent relationships on accounts, the ways in which widespread content is changing client expectations, and what it means to take care of creative people in honest and human ways. Read more →

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