iStockphoto must save money, like anyone else.
Consequently, if you attended the iStockphoto VideoLypse 2010 on October 29th - 31th with the topics Caper in Berlin and Character-Driven Stock, this on the left side is where iStock housed you, with the blessing of HQ of course, in one of those typical old Berlin backyards, famous for their high suicide rates, to spure your creativity. Lucky me.
Now seriously, it was a very, very impressive event.
After having worked mostly in other and different areas recently I was really hot to re-connect to all things creativity.
The panel discussion about Beyond the Business Handshake with Jim Goertz (iStockphoto, Director, Video Content Development), Alwyn Gosford (Getty Images, Film Art Director, Europe), a professional footage buyer and the ingenious media artist Lillevan had been one of the best I ever attended. Please note that Lillevan is no contributor to iStockvideo and that he is not willing to sell his work as stock footage for money.
The creative parts of the event created a huge respect of what needs to be done to create this kind of footage, from planning and conception to execution, and of the skills and competence needed to become and remain a successful videographer.
Thank God, this panel was less about what I would have done (microstock market analysis & data, new markets, new technologies, new opportunities), but like the whole event about art and creativity, artistic potential and the desire to create art, resulting in the product footage, with the highlights being the speech of Lillevan, the contribution and moderation of Jim Goertz and some insights from Alwyn Gosford.
Jim, the conversation later with you was impressive and inspiring, thanks for having the opportunity to talk with and listen to you - the type of conversation you don´t write about on the internet. It just felt like going back to the origin - the community and its creativity.
Some quick grainy & poorly exposed mobile phone pictures below.
(Jim Goertz and Alwyn Gosford)
(Yes, a RED ONE)