Archive for January, 2012

Old School New School makes MovieMaker Magazine!

January 19, 2012

MovieMaker Magazine, the nation’s leading magazine on the art and business of making movies, releases a story about the making of Old School New School with Brian Cox. Click here to read!

Louis Mills, a creative master of sound

January 14, 2012

Baltimore’s Godfather of Sound, and dear friend, Louis Mills passed away Friday, January 13, 2012. Please read this touching tribute in the Baltimore Sun to a truly brilliant man.

“More Parks sausages, Mom. Please!”

Old School New School’s 2012 touring schedule

January 11, 2012

Please check back periodically for updates to the Old School New School tour and Steven Fischer’s discussions on how we can tap into our full creative potential.

January 8, Sun., 1pm, Hip Circle Studio, Evanston, IL (play video)
January 24, Tues., 4pm, Northeastern Illinois University
January 27, Fri., 4pm, Cultural Impact Conference 2012
February 8, Wed., Avila University, Kansas City, MO
February 13, Mon., Greenhouse Theater Center, Lincoln Park
(presented by TheatrePros)
March 8, Thurs., Harrington College of Design, Chicago
(presented by Chicago Creative Coalition)
April 5, Thurs., 6.30pm, Chicago Cultural Center
April 6, Fri., 12pm, National Louis University
April 28, Sat., 1pm Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, MI

Please let us know if you would like to host an event or can recommend a venue!


How to Foster Creativity in Children

January 11, 2012

In support of Old School New School, I recently gave a talk at Hip Circle Studio in Evanston, Illinois about the creative development of children. Here’s a video clip from the event. Thanks, Malik!

Sampler Day — cartooning and creativity

January 11, 2012

Sat., Jan 14 is Sampler Day at Ridgeville Park District. I’ll be on hand 1-1.30pm sampling my cartoon class and signing people up for Introduction to Cartoon Storytelling! Stop by: 908 Seward Street, Evanston, Illinois. (The course is for adults, but kids and teens are welcomed.)

Jane Seymour Likes Old School New School

January 10, 2012

Well… at least I think she does. We noticed Old School New School was mentioned on her Twitter page January 7th.

Being a fan or her work, this was a neat discovery!

Cultural Impact Conference and Old School New School

January 9, 2012

The Cultural Impact Conference 2012 will be taking place in Chicago on Friday, January 27.

I will be speaking on the role risk and security play in an artist’s creative development. (Session 3.) If you’re going to be in Chicago, please plan to attend. The day will be filled with some amazing sessions on nurturing and developing creativity.

The Digital Dilemma

January 7, 2012

Renowned cinematographer, and Old School New School subject, John Bailey spoke strongly last year on the use of digital technology in the cinema. He references an alarming report published by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences called The Digital Dilemma.

Some very strong points made as to the dangers and weaknesses of the digital medium’s ability to preserve our cinema heritage.

Click here for video of Mr. Bailey speaking at the CineGear Expo.

OSNS in Chicago Artist Resource

January 4, 2012

Chicago Artist Resource recently published a first-person article about the making of Old School New School. Click here to read.

Hans Fallada

January 4, 2012

A fascinating 30-minute look at the life of troubled writer Hans Fallada. Fallada was an alcoholic, morphine addict, prone to depression, was in and out of sanitariums and relationships, and attempted suicide twice. He was declared an “undesirable author,” yet pursued his craft despite the rejection.

He was the quintessential suffering artist whose creativity was informed by his volatile life.

Listen here.