David Power is a multi-purpose creative pro based in Brooklyn, NY. Since moving to New York, he’s worked in music recording & production, written several business books, penned screenplays, and helped write and perform in comedy films. His latest project is a podcast documentary of how a feature film is made.
Our conversation covers creative practices and routines, as well as the often-nebulous world of film & video, including how to collaborate on a script and using crowdfunding to launch projects at scale.
Catch up with David on his website, DavidPower.com, or through his show, SureFirePodcast.com
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Show Notes & Links David’s office is a multi-purpose room (writing, video editing, audio recording, podcast production) Acoustic paneling GIK Acoustics Reverb Anechoic Chamber David started making films based on his own whims and desires The Lonely Island Saturday Night Life D*ck in a Box David is currently podcasting the production of a feature film Michael Goldburg & Dave Chan, filmmakers Iron Mule Comedy Film Festival, NYC Seed & Spark, film-based crowdfunding platform Transcontinental Railroad Contractions (in dialogue) David’s podcast episode on crowdfunding Crowdfunding article on The Busy Creator blog Kickstarter and pitch videos which now are their own project and format Cathryn Lavery on The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 65 American Sign Language (ASL) Does Google Docs have an offline version? Centered, Courier text for screenplays. Why? David has assembled a 3-monitor desk setup over the years Island of Misfit Toys Crysis Ivy Bridge, Intel’s best chip from Spring 2012 David worked in a corporate environment for many years; no longer uses an alarm clock Prescott watches one event on broadcast TV each year: The Oscars Presidential debates in 2016 were streamed on Twitter DavidPower.com Sure-Fire Podcast David Power on Facebook David Power on LinkedIn Tools Trello Slack Google Docs FinalDraft BitBucket (on the web) SourceTree (on the desktop) Dropbox Paper Dell PC Tower from 2009 VEGAS Pro by Sony Magix Cakewalk by Sonar Hackintosh Mac Pro Techniques Soften the corners of a room to dampen reverb/echo Develop characters first, give them a voice and backstory, and then place them into a three-act structure. (Or not). Collect all notes and ideas; save them for later and vetting each one before writing Build a project management software workflow that actually reflects the way you work Don’t store files in Slack; that’s not the place for permanent items Use Plain Text formatting as a universal standard Build a Hackintosh if you can’t afford a Mac Pro (which you probably can’t) Habits Cross-promote, tag, and share your social links with your collaboration partners Exercise first thing in the morning Meditate, eat, drink coffee before starting work Use a floating lunch hour Wake up without an alarm Don’t actively seek out news (minus industry happenings) Try Audible.com Free for 30-Days Visit BusyCreatorBook.com for your free trial
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