we can’t believe that we’re so close to the start of the KNOW tour! we’re just two days away and it feels like just yesterday it was September of last year when we started putting puzzle pieces together for this journey.

today i flew into Las Vegas, our first city on the tour. this Saturday we’ll be joined by supporters and attendees for the first of 37 intensive workshops. but in the meantime, the rest of the team is making their way in from San Francisco and we’re tying up some loose ends before our marathon begins!

one thing we’re giddy over is the fact that we got to see the KNOW books in person for the first time today! actually, i have yet to see them and i’m DYING over here… but the team sent me pictures and holy yowzamoles do they ever look sweet! but more than that, we’re really excited to share them with attendees of the tour. we talked about the book in a previous post and how it bloomed into a 380-page field guide (it was originally going to be a 70-page workbook). what’s great about it now is that while it certainly ties into the content of the workshop, and the two are meant to go together, the book itself is packed with practical information that will be valuable for a ton of people, even those who can’t make it to the tour.

once the rest of the team arrives in Vegas, we’re going to start unboxing all kinds of goodies that will be shared with everyone. our supporters have sent us mountains of gear, from lighting and audio equipment to camera support tools and accessories that make filmmaking more creative and fun. we’ll be talking about all of this gear, doing live demos, and best of all, if you’re coming to the tour you will have the opportunity to play with, test out, and evaluate everything that’s there. you’ll also be able to ask us questions about it all, and talk directly with the manufacturers too – they’ll be at every stop with us… Continue Reading

over the last week, we’ve been working away diligently on creating feedback for the films that were submitted for the Big Shorts challenge. our hope is that this feedback will help filmmakers see their pieces from a new perspective and give them inspiration to find new ways to improve their storytelling.

but we also hope that even those who may not have participated in the challenge can take something away with them too. so head on over to the Big Shorts Feedback page, click on any film, and open up its corresponding PDF feedback form to read our take on the piece. try watching the film first and write your own feedback too and see what you’re able to pick out, and then compare it to ours. do you agree? disagree? got additional thoughts you think will help?

we really want this to be an all-round educational experience for everyone who visits… Continue Reading

what an amazing week it’s been!

the KNOW Field Guide went to print.
our Livecast was broadcast with over 1000 international viewers.
the Big Shorts challenge winners were announced.
SMAPP, stillmoton’s educational app was birthed to the world.

we’ve gotten a lot of feedback, questions, and overall comments about everything and we’re extremely grateful for everyone taking the time to participate and give back.

when planning SMAPP, it’s tools, and its tutorials, we knew we wanted to create something that simply does not yet exist in this world. we didn’t just want to make something “better”. it was really important to us that we be involved in something that is unique in its own right, that challenges people to think in new ways, and that goes into far more depth than what’s already out there. thus came the blueprint for SMAPP. we launched with the Lens Selection Tool, Get Creative, Shot List Tool, and Gear Up!, and we feel that’s already an incredible value at the price of SMAPP. but rest assured, we’ve got plenty of updates for our current tools as well as new ones lined up and in development that you’ll see pop up in SMAPP very shortly… Continue Reading

we’ve already announced the BEST OF category winners and the Hobbyist winners, and today, here we are proud to announce the Pro category winners!

for those who are just finding out about Big Shorts, here’s some background: the challenge had two categories, one for hobbyists and one for pros.

hobbyists were to use the song “Honey” by Sunbeam, the theme of family, and only ambient / nat sounds to create a 55 – 60 second film.

pros were to use the song “Building Houses” by Wesley Jensen, the theme of home, ambient / natural sounds and voice over or dialogue, including the line “my heart is” to create a 115 – 120 second film.

tonight at our livecast, in conjunction with the official release of SMAPP, we announced the winners! and we’re doing that here on the blog as well…

thursday:  we announced the BEST OF category winners
friday:  hobbyist winners
today:  pro winners

so onto the PRO winners… Continue Reading

yesterday we posted the BEST OF category winners, and today, here we are proud to announce the Hobbyist category winners!

for those who are just finding out about Big Shorts, here’s some background: the challenge had two categories, one for hobbyists and one for pros.

hobbyists were to use the song “Honey” by Sunbeam, the theme of family, and only ambient / nat sounds to create a 55 – 60 second film.

pros were to use the song “Building Houses” by Wesley Jensen, the theme of home, ambient / natural sounds and voice over or dialogue, including the line “my heart is” to create a 115 – 120 second film.

tonight at our livecast, in conjunction with the official release of SMAPP, we announced the winners! and we’re doing that here on the blog as well…

yesterday:  we announced the BEST OF category winners.
today:  hobbyist winners
monday:  pro winners

so onto the HOBBYIST winners… Continue Reading