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Shannon Lee and Mike Figs get together weekly with interesting guests in comedy, reality TV, porn and every other walk of life to find out about their nightmare date stories, paranormal experiences and street fight stories! It gets crazy, hysterical, scary and shocking as they uncover stories you won't hear on other podcasts only here on The Thing Is...(ding!)
 
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Summary Our guest on the podcast today is Franz Tschimben CEO of Covision Media, a company that produces 3D scanning devices capable of capturing pretty incredible detail to produce high quality 3D models. Franz discusses what his company does, what his customers are currently doing with their technology, and how working in high quality 3D models t…
 
Comedian Mike Cannon and Adult Content Creator Ruby Lynne join Shannon! They talk about going on a Match.com date with an absolute creep, striking out with a friends roommate then having to crash on the couch, body slamming another party goer at a swingers club, squaring up against a grown man as a 15 year old boy, having an out of body experience …
 
Summary Last week we were in London for Photo Studio Operations put on by Henry Stewart. Creative Force sponsored the event and we used our speaking opportunity to record a live episode of the podcast. And we did, we totally did. Our guest Josie Diamond and I had a great conversation, we got some good questions from the audience. But somewhere betw…
 
Comedian and Psychic Jessica Rotondi joins Shannon and Figs! They talk about Jessica's date with a deaf pothead, getting in multiple fights in LA, getting visited by the ghost of her grandfather even to this day, then Jessica puts her psychic powers to the test and gives cold reads on Shannon and Figs, predicts some short term and even long term fu…
 
Summary As of this recording it is the week after the Pixelz FLOW event in Los Angeles, and the day before Daniel heads to London for the upcoming Photo Studio Operations event by Henry Stewart, so Daniel is flying solo this week to talk about some takeaways from FLOW, some talk about 3D adoption in creative teams, and a couple of bits of interesti…
 
Comedian Jordan Jensen joins Shannon and Figs! They talk about the Bachelor, Jordans fascination with Sebastian Maniscalco, roasting Selena Gomez at the Cellar, her tumultuous relationship with her ex, getting into fights on a ski mountain, a haunted lamp that wouldn't turn off, whether Jordan's Gatorade squirt bottle is awesome or stupid, and so m…
 
Summary Raphael Ruz is the Photographic Operations Manager at Hogarth Australia and imaging technologist, researching and testing emerging technologies and how they might impact or influence the creative production industry. In this episode, big surprise, we’re talking about AI. But more specifically, we spend some time talking about how creative o…
 
Ryan Shaner, Comedian and host of "The End Podcast" join Shannon and Figs! They talk about Shannon being down to hook up with The Hulk, getting to the bottom of a mysterious letter from prison that Shannon received, Figs got booze for the show from a fan who owns a liquor store plus Ryan tells stories about girls who were doing too much in the bedr…
 
Summary Creative production for e-commerce is a relatively young industry, and that means that we’re learning as we go when it comes to the growth and development of our creative and operations team members. In this episode we are highlighting one journey, Scott McLean, manager of studio operations at Arc’Teryx. Scott shares with us how his interes…
 
Shannon and Figs talk the Young Guns breakup, Figs plays with a weapon, the various relationships the fans pitch to Shannon, a fan submitted date story about getting ignored and then held up for a make out, another from a listener who tried his girlfriends Judo skills, a Scottish family whos daughter may have a ghost tormentor and so much more! Air…
 
Summary As we move into 2023, we’ve watched as economic uncertainty has triggered waves off layoffs. While they mostly have been hitting the tech sector, in the couple of week leading up to our 100th episode, we’ve now seen the wave hit many friends and colleagues in content production and Creative Operations. A very fun fact we recently learned ab…
 
Colum Tyrrell, Comedian and hosts of "The Colum Tyrrell Show" join Shannon and Figs! They talk about giving up on dry February already, comparing tattoos and convincing Figs to get his first, Colums favorite reality TV show, the insanity of Milf Manor, a guy who made his date pay for a buy one get one ticket to the zoo, Figs stealing to impress an …
 
Summary We have a tendency to focus on visual content on this podcast but that isn’t the only content you need to be able to sell your products online. Copywriting is another critical element to a telling your products story, and just like photography, it’s a process that needs to be managed, with controls and guardrails in place to make sure you’r…
 
Josh Adam Meyers and Justin Silver, Comedians and hosts of "Himbos" join Shannon and Figs! They talk about where Figs rates on the Himbo spectrum, Shannons results from her new personal trainer, what makes a bimbro vs a bimbo, getting in a fight over a line at a bookstore, a mysterious ghost in an apartment and so much more! Air Date: 1/31/23 *Send…
 
Summary Continuing our theme exploring near future tech in e-commerce content production, my guest today is Sergey Arkhangelskiy of Wanna. Wanna creates 3D experiences for brands that are intended to help customers make more informed decisions, but interestingly, that decision isn’t always simply to purchase. Key Takeaways Wanna offers 3D try on ca…
 
Hannah Roeschlein, Comedian and podcaster joins Shannon and Figs! They talk about how Hannah's life has changed since being introduced to the GaS universe, a first date that included a trip to the ER, how fighting with her brothers lead her to be able to knockout a dude, the time she saw a demon leaving a persons body, a massive personal milestone,…
 
Summary Just about a year ago, Mark Milstein of vAIsual joined Daniel to discuss what he referred to as the future of image creation. He described the synthographer, some might now call a prompt engineer. An individual who inputs the correct set of instructions to an AI tool that produces photorealistic images. Flash forward to the second half of 2…
 
Shannon and Figs spend some time getting to know each other, take a quiz on their own bad date, fight and paranormal stories, and producer Natalie chimes in with her own scary things story before very special guest Mr. Daniel joins the show to do test the link between whippets and ESP, using tarrot cards to tell Shannon's dating future and so much …
 
Summary Daniel has been pretty vocal in his skepticism of NFTs, Crypto and by extension, the blockchain, but the guest today, David Iscove, director of technology consulting at Cella has cautioned him against throwing the baby out with the bathwater. As David describes this technology and what value it has beyond the applications that most casual o…
 
Alex Scarlato, producer and podcaster joins Shannon and Figs! They talk about how Alex figured out Harrington was the one, a terrible trip to Miami with her ex, Shannon's personal fitness goals fueled by her favorite porn star, Alex and Shannon nearly getting bullied into an Ellismania boxing match, Alex finding her supernatural powers through drug…
 
Summary Kicking off 2023 for the E-commerce Content Creation Podcast, our first guest of the year is David Jonkers, CEO and co-founder of Bright River. Bright River provides image editing services for studios large and small, and works to find ways to make things easier, faster, and cheaper for their customers. David joins Daniel for this episode t…
 
Mickey Gall, UFC fighter and podcaster joins Shannon and Figs! They talk about Mickeys worst experience with female hygiene, getting into altercations while being a pro fighter, the ghost grandfather who visited his sister and more plus Figs own supernatural encounter, Shannon getting propositioned in an insane manner and so much more~ Air Date: 1/…
 
Summary Happy new year from us at the E-commerce Content Creation Podcast! Last week we had a clip show episode that focused on some near future state technology that we had the opportunity to explore in 2022. In this episode Daniel is going out on a limb to make some predictions about 2023 on some of those same topics. What could happen this year …
 
Joanna Angel, actress, director, and writer of adult films, joins Shannon and Figs! They talk about a psychic's attempt to set right a ghosting, Joanna's feelings on circumcision, everyone's best and worst of the year, and so much more on an all-new episode. Air Date: 12/27/22 *Send in your stories for Bad Dates, Bad Things, and Scary Things to...*…
 
Shannon and Mike Figs are joined by Comedian and host of the podcast "That Time Of The Week" Maddy Smith! They talk about Maddy's worst date and worst relationship, the dangers of love bombing, why Italian men don't leave home in their 30's, how Maddy has navigated drinking at bars and clubs and avoided violence, UFO sightings around the country, w…
 
Summary The last few months has brought some near future technology into the spotlight, in particular generative AI for image creation, copywriting and more. Over the last year on this podcast we’ve had the opportunity to speak to several companies that provide services that we would call future tech for creative production, and so as we get ready …
 
Summary We are in the holiday season where no matter where you go, you cannot avoid retailers letting you know what your friends and family probably want for their holiday gifts. Here on this podcast we aren’t doing a gift guide per se, but in this episode Lauren Stefaniak Smith and Kimmy Snow share with Daniel what they think makes a GREAT gift gu…
 
Shannon and Mike Figs are joined by Comedian and host of the podcast "That's Hot with Sabrina Piper"! They talk about Sabrina's latest bad date, Figs new phobia, Shannon finally hitting the end with an ex, Sabrina getting jumped at a comedy club and so much more on an all-new episode of The Thing Is... podcast. Air Date: 12/13/22 *Send in your stor…
 
Summary We’re getting into that time of year where we start reflecting on the past year. We at Creative Force have a year’s worth of product updates, feature releases, and bug fixes that we’re pretty proud of. In this episode Daniel sits down with Creative Force’s CTO Tejs Rasmussen, where we run down his top 3 releases of 2022. You’ll be shocked a…
 
Shannon is joined by potential new TTI host Mike Figs for the first episode sans-Matty since the fight in ep #309. They talk about whether it’s trashy to drink at a funeral, a scary Michael Jackson-esque animatronic, whether Mike Harrington is scarier than a ghost, and so much more on an all-new episode of The Thing Is... podcast. Air Date: 12/6/22…
 
Summary Picture Instruments is a maker of automated imaging devices and software, everything from all in one studio solutions with automated product & lighting control, to plugins and stand alone software packages. Daniel had the pleasure of hosting Robin Ochs and Austin Timyan on the podcast for this episode, so they could share with him a bit abo…
 
TTI #311 - Is This the End? (Luis J. Gomez and Ralph Sutton) Shannon and Matty are joined by GaS Digital owners Luis J. Gomez and Ralph Sutton for a mediation that attempts to resolve the fight from TTI #309. They talk about the surprising reason Matty doesn’t want to come into the studio, the future of TTI, Luis hands down an ultimatum and so much…
 
Summary Does one size fit all when it comes to our content strategy? That’s the question we posed to todays guest, Charlotte Cole, Senior Director of Content Development at Farfetch. Spoiler alert, the answer is not yes. We discuss personalization, regionalization, localization and all the factors that go into an effective global content strategy. …
 
If you caught TTI #309, you know that last week's episode ended a bit abruptly. We weren't able to record this week but we put together a look back at some of the best bad date stories from the past few years! Listen to the best of the bad and unusual dates shared on the show by guests including Ari Shaffir, Luis J. Gomez, Zac Amico and more on The…
 
Shannon and Matty talk about whether prosthetic legs count for height, if a girl taking her shoes off always means she's DTF, a fan-submitted Scary Things story and so much more on an all-new episode of The Thing Is... podcast. Air Date: 11/15/22 Support Our Sponsors! yokratom.com **Send in your stories for Bad Dates, Bad Things, and Scary Things t…
 
Summary In creative production there are many roles and skills that pull together to make the magic happen, and each of those team members have a perspective on how things shake out. One very unique role in creative production is the Hair and Makeup artist. Present on almost every production that requires human talent, the hair and makeup artist se…
 
Summary An interesting problem that many creative teams don’t think of as a problem is the static nature of the photograph. By their very nature, photographs are snapshots in time and making changes to that snapshot historically has been inconceivable, impossible. Our guest in this episode is Robert Alhborg, former fashion photographer turned co-fo…
 
Comedian Josh Potter joins Shannon and Matty! They talk about how a bad therapist is like dating a fan, breaking up a childhood brawl, a hunt for a missing girl, and so much more on an all-new episode. Air Date: 11/08/22 Support Our Sponsors! RockAuto.com YoKratom.com **Send in your stories for Bad Dates, Bad Things, and Scary Things to...** thethi…
 
Summary Elle Mitchel and Arabela Espinoza, the duo behind Weekend Creative, have made a name for themselves as being fun to work with, producing great content for their client brands, and generally being excellent people. That’s not sheer luck, they run a business and have learned a lot over the last several years about how to run it successfully. …
 
Shannon and Matty are back with stand-up comedian Big Irish Jay (@bigirishjay). They talk about what you should do if you have a stroke on the way to a date, height requirements in dating, a very spooky hotel in Vegas, so much more on an all-new The Thing Is… podcast. Air Date: 11/1/22 Support Our Sponsors! RockAuto.com YoKratom.com **Send in your …
 
Summary As we draw ever closer to the next big thing in e-commerce, the fog of what exactly its going to be starts to thin out a little bit. I feel comfortable saying with some amount of certainty that regardless of what becomes of virtual environments such as the metaverse, 3D interactions will become part of the e-commerce experience. My evidence…
 
Summary This Halloween Studio Nightmares is back for Volume 2. You’ll hear about Faye Garland working in a haunted studio, Christopher Kern and the case of the 0kb image files, Caitlin Andrews and the mystery party, Cathi Singh getting trapped, and the night Daniel Jester stayed in a haunted hotel room. Credits Produced by: Creative Force - creativ…
 
Summary As an elder millennial Daniel still finds himself awestruck at the technology that we have available to us in our phones. Literally at our fingertips. As a career product photographer, Daniel has tried every iphone app that professes to be able to remove the background from an image, and they have always fallen short of being a serious tool…
 
Summary We’ve talked a bit about change on this podcast, how could we avoid it? Change happens faster then ever and most professional adults with any amount of experience have learned to expect that. But that doesn’t mean that the practice of change management should be be ignored. The opposite in fact. To keep your teams happy and productive durin…
 
Summary Adam Parker joins Daniel for this episode of the podcast, which is really sort of an extension of the discussion the pair had during the Henry Stewart Photo Studio Ops forum virtual conference on September 27, 2022. We break down what Flow production is, how it relates to studios, and what you can do to improve your studio processes once yo…
 
Summary Setting goals for yourself is one thing, but making a plan to achieve those goals is another thing entirely. Like many things in life, this is a skill that needs to be developed and Lauren Stefanik of Victoria’s Secret has some excellent advice for you on actionable things you can do to gain momentum toward your goals, and not miss out on t…
 
Summary The Content Crisis. Danny Effron said it really well in this episode of our podcast. When a brand makes the decision to move into a new marketing space or channel, they quickly find out that requires its entire own set of assets designed to work within that space. This is why the content studio of the future needs to be able to adapt quickl…
 
Summary Automated imaging devices have come a long way in a short period of time, both in terms of capability and the organizational understanding that these devices need to function as part of a system of tools and technology. Joining Daniel for this episode is Mark Duhaime of Orbitvu USA. Mark’s roots in our industry go back to the days of medium…
 
Summary Joining Daniel for this episode of the show is Rob Cohen of Vizio Imaging. Rob comes from a background in consumer products, where he experienced first hand the challenges of inconsistent or low quality product photography and the impact it could have on marketing and sales. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, in respon…
 
Summary We live in a golden age of LED technology. It's been said before on this podcast. Think back to the early years of LED lights for almost any application and you might recall that those products fell pretty flat. Whether it was LED christmas lights, LED consumer light bulbs, or light fixtures for the studio. Since that time, LED has come a l…
 
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